Mission & Values

Our Mission

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. The core values come to life as students study each one through coordinated and creative activities and everyday age-appropriate learnings.

Our Community / כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל / Kol Yisrael

(כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲרֵבִים זֶה בָּזֶה (שבועות לט

“All Jews are responsible for one another.” (Shavu’ot 39A)

Our community is one. We respect each other’s differences.



You Shall Love Your Neighbor / וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ / V’ahavta L'rey'acha

(וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ (ויקרא יט:יח

“And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”(Leviticus 19:18)

We should treat others the way we want to be treated, with caring, kindness and respect.



Guard Your Tongue / נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ / N’tzor L’shonecha

(נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ מֵרָע (תהילים לד:יד

“Guard your tongue from evil.” (Psalms 34:14)

We must be careful how we speak and what we say to each other. Words can be kind and caring or hurtful and painful to others.


And If Not Now / וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו / V’im Lo Acshav

(וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֶמָּתַי? (אבות א:יד

“And if not now, when?” (Avot 1:14)

The time to learn is now, the time to help another person is now; the time to care for our environment is now; because if we put it off, it may never happen.


You Shall Not Wrong a Stranger / וְגֵר לֹא-תוֹנֶה / V’ger Lo Toneh

(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.

Judge Favorably / וֶהֱוִי דָן / V’havei Dan

(וֶהֱוִי דָן אֶת כָּל הָאָדָם לְכַף זְכוּת (אבות א:ו

“And you should judge the entirety of a person favorably (kindly).” (Avot 1:6)

Give people the benefit of the doubt and don’t jump to conclusions.



A Mitzvah Leads To Another Mitzvah / מִּצְוָה גוֹרֶרֶת מִצְוָה / Mitzvah Gorrerret Mitzvah

(מִּצְוָה גוֹרֶרֶת מִצְוָה, וַעֲבֵרָה גוֹרֶרֶת עֲבֵרָה (אבות ד:ב

“A mitzvah leads to another mitzvah and a wrongdoing leads to another wrongdoing.” (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.


It Is Not Entirely Upon You / לֹא עָלֶיךָ / Lo Alecha

לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִים לְהִבָּטֵל מִמֶנָה
(אבות ב:טז)

“It is not up to you to finish the job. Neither are you free to withdraw from it.”
(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.


On Three Things / עַל שְׁלֹשָׁה דְבָרִים / Al Shelosha D’varim

עַל שְׁלֹשָׁה דְבָרִים הָעוֹלָם עוֹמֵד: עַל הַתּוֹרָה, וְעַל הָעֲבוֹדָה, וְעַל גְּמִילוּת
(חֲסָדִים (אבות א:ב

“The world stands on three things: the study of Torah, service to God and deeds of loving kindness.” (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.

Make For Yourself a Mentor / עֲשֵׂה לָךְ רַב / Aseh L’cha Rav

(עֲשֵׂה לָךְ רַב, וּקְנֵה לָךְ חָבֵר (אבות א:ו

“Make for yourself a mentor and get yourself a friend.” (Avot 1:6)

It is important to respect and learn from our teachers and our friends. We also need a good friend to help us in our learning.