We would like to extend our appreciation for Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead. Our daughter, Talia, attends Epstein Hillel, where she is in fifth grade. For over a month, Talia has been learning at home with a consistent routine for all of her coursework through the “EHS BaBayit” online platform. Through a combination of real-time video calls, interactive games, and group projects, Epstein Hillel faculty have found creative ways to keep the students actively engaged in their academics while simultaneously connecting them to their friends and greater school community.
But beyond the quick launch of EHS BaBayit and its success in maintaining academic rigor, we are equally impressed with the School’s dedication to living its Jewish values during this time of crisis. Middle school students have modeled leadership and empathy through regular check-ins with their younger buddies and by planning virtual hang-outs for the entire school. Students from all grades sent cards to hospitals to thank first responders, and reached out to isolated seniors at Jack Satter House. The school has also continued its community building activities, albeit virtually, through school-wide gatherings, such as morning meetings with birthday celebrations, holiday gatherings, and of course Kabbalat Shabbat every Friday. There are also plans in the works for a virtual challah bake and other social events for School families and the extended community.
We are so grateful for Epstein Hillel School leading the way in its commitment to Klal Yisrael, Jewish peoplehood, in this time of crisis.
Miriam and Phillip Blue, Lynnfield