Mission & Values
The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School provides a strong academic foundation in general and Jewish studies in an environment in which students feel positive about themselves and others. The Day School is committed to academic excellence and the pursuit of learning as a lifelong venture. The school reflects and teaches respect for the diversity of Jewish life. We challenge our students to exemplify the values of Judaism and of American democratic principles.
Our vision is built on a strong synergy between students and faculty. Our educators inspire our students to find their passion and reach their highest potential. Graduates of the Day School will be recognized as successful learners and leaders committed to the Jewish community and the global society throughout their lives.
10 Core Values
Our community is guided by 10 core values which appear throughout the school and in parent and staff handbooks. The core values come to life as students study one each month through coordinated and creative activities and everyday age-appropriate learnings.
- Our Community / כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל / Kol Yisrael
- You Shall Love Your Neighbor / וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ / V’ahavta L'rey'acha
- Guard Your Tongue / נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ / N’tzor L’shonecha
- And If Not Now / וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו / V’im Lo Acshav
- You Shall Not Wrong a Stranger / וְגֵר לֹא-תוֹנֶה / V’ger Lo Toneh
- Judge Favorably / וֶהֱוִי דָן / V’havei Dan
- A Mitzvah Leads To Another Mitzvah / מִּצְוָה גוֹרֶרֶת מִצְוָה / Mitzvah Gorrerret Mitzvah
- It Is Not Entirely Upon You / לֹא עָלֶיךָ / Lo Alecha
- On Three Things / עַל שְׁלֹשָׁה דְבָרִים / Al Shelosha D’varim
- Make For Yourself a Mentor / עֲשֵׂה לָךְ רַב / Aseh L’cha Rav
(וְגֵר לֹא-תוֹנֶה, וְלֹא תִלְחָצֶנּוּ, כִּי-גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם, בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם (שמות כב:כ
“And you shall not wrong, nor oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20)
We must be welcoming of strangers for once we too were strangers. It is a mitzvah to welcome guests.
(מִּצְוָה גוֹרֶרֶת מִצְוָה, וַעֲבֵרָה גוֹרֶרֶת עֲבֵרָה (משנה אבות ד:ב
“A mitzvah leads to another mitzvah and a wrongdoing leads to another wrongdoing.” (Mishnah Avot 4:2)
When we do something to help another or perform a mitzvah, it leads to other good deeds. When we do something wrong, it leads to other wrong things as well.
(לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִים לְהִבָּטֵל מִמֶנָה (משנה אבות ב:טז
“It is not up to you to finish the job. Neither are you free to withdraw from it.” (Mishnah Avot 2:16)
People cannot do things completely on their own. We need to work together. Just because we think we cannot finish something, doesn’t mean we should not start and try to complete the task.
(עַל שְׁלֹשָׁה דְבָרִים הָעוֹלָם עוֹמֵד: עַל הַתּוֹרָה, וְעַל הָעֲבוֹדָה, וְעַל גְּמִילוּת חֲסָדִים (משנה אבות א:ב
“The world stands on three things: the study of Torah, service to God and deeds of loving kindness.” (Mishnah Avot 1:2)
We value the study of Torah, prayer and acts of loving-kindness; helping and caring for each other so we become better individuals and a more respectful community.