Question: What do you get when you take an idea from two Epstein Hillel School (EHS) moms, mix it with CJP funding, two rabbis and the support of six area Jewish organizations?
Answer: The first “Shabbat Unplugged: A North Shore Community Shabbaton”!
Established in 2016 by board member Sharon Seeche Rich and her husband, Howard Rich, in memory of her parents, the goal of the initiative is to cultivate an appreciation of theater, music, art and dance, while also increasing self-esteem and confidence by developing students’ skills and experience with public speaking.
Bruce Haskin has been involved with our school as a parent, board member, treasurer, president and member of our finance committee for many, many years. He lives the values that Ernie Haas exemplified, and he continues with that dedication today.”
It used to be that families with children enrolled in Jewish day school were a pretty homogenous crowd; two Jewish parents raising Jewish children. At Epstein Hillel there are still plenty of families who fit that bill, but so too are there more than a few who do not. Of all the families currently enrolled, thirty percent are interfaith. Their experiences have been overwhelmingly positive.
This small school overcame multiple challenges and expects a bright future under a strategic partnership between the head of school and business officer, now in their third year of working together. “We both took a risk."
When Beverly resident Connie Krueger retired from her decades-long position as a school librarian in Lynnfield, being back among the bookshelves at Epstein Hillel School was not part of her plan.
It wasn’t until a friend told her that EHS was in search of a part-time librarian that she considered coming out of her short-lived retirement. Much to Head of School Amy Gold’s pleasure, Krueger accepted the position. Now in her third year, she has not only grown the school’s library and resources, but also spearheaded the booming Green Initiative at school.
It was a fun, unique, educational morning that highlights the EHS difference. Regularly at the school, students participate in hands-on learning that takes them away from their desks for authentic experiences that engages their natural curiosity and appreciation for the world around them.
Epstein Hillel School (formerly Cohen Hillel Academy) has experienced a transformation that permeates every aspect of the school. The recent $5 million gift that resulted in the school’s renaming is only one indicator of this tremendous turnaround. How has the 60-plus-year-old community school turned the tide from dwindling enrollment and financial uncertainty to a joyful, forward-thinking community treasure?
The annual award was created in 2016 in memory of Adam Madorsky to recognize alumni who have continued to pursue social justice in their personal or professional lives. Adam, for whom the award is named, was the beloved son of longtime educators Karen and Jerry Madorsky and brother of Daniel. He is remembered as a compassionate person who had an outstanding ability and desire to help others.
The Swampscott native credits Epstein Hillel School (then Cohen Hillel Academy) and her parents, “who lead and continue to lead by example,” for instilling in her a deep sense of wanting to give back to the Jewish community.