Grandparents/Special Elders

Yom Dor L'Dor (Grandparents and Special Persons Day) Photo Montage

Heilicher encourages students' grandparents and special, grandparent-generation friends to become involved in their education and the rich family life of our school.

Yom Dor L’Dor Event
(Grandparents and Special Persons Day)

This event is just for students and their grandparents or grandparent-generation guests. Two events provide a chance to visit the classroom, share wisdom, and contribute life experiences to the next generation’s learning process. Our next event will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, from 2:15 to 3:40 p.m. 

Throughout the year, grandparents also have the opportunity to:

  • View photos online of grandchildren at Heilicher.
  • Attend all-school assemblies and other special events (this year, all events are virtual). View the School Calendar
  • Participate in Heilicher committees, as interest and time permits.
  • Receive The Heilicher Magazine, our semi-annual print newsletter.
  • Donate philanthropically to Heilicher.

We welcome your involvement in the life of Heilicher!

For information on ways to get involved, contact the Heilicher main office at 952.381.3500.

Roots & Wings E-newsletter
A Heilicher Update for Grandparents

Roots and Wings is an e-mail newsletter created just for Heilicher grandparents to provide a window into your grandchild(ren)'s school life, and inspire you to get even more involved in the Heilicher school community. If you do not already receive Roots and Wings, please click on the Quick Links (above and to the right) to be added to our email list.

Read the latest Roots & Wings

Heilicher in a Word

In March 2022, Heilicher hosted a parent town hall where we premiered a short video featuring students describing Heilicher, themselves, and more — in just a word. The video is a great snapshot of the Heilicher experience.

Watch Heilicher in a word

Heilicher Special Elder Mr. Harold Smith (z"l)

Heilicher special elder and friend of the school, Mr. Harold Smith (z"l) shared his collection of Judaica with Heilicher middle school students at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Dor L'Dor Circle

The Dor l'Dor Circle recognizes all grandparents & alumni grandparents who have made a financial donation to support Heilicher. Annual Fund contributions, Annual Benefit donations, directed gifts, and tribute gifts all help to ensure that Heilicher can continue academic excellence and Jewish learning. We are proud of the robust philanthropic support from our grandparent body. The following Dor L’Dor Circle list includes all grandparents and alumni grandparents who gave to Heilicher during the 2022-23 school year. 

Margo and Cantor Barry Abelson
Reeva Abrams
Sally Leafman Appelbaum
Susan and Solomon Awend
Barbara Bach
Marlys and Elliott Badzin
Shirley Baratz
Beverly and Richard Behr
Margo Berdass
Pearl Berdass
Merrill Biel
Connie and Lendley Black
Cobby Shereff and Charles Blumenfield
Shellie Blumenfield
Inna and Michael Brezman
Jacalyn and Bill Broze
Marlene and Jim Bukstein
Susie Chalom
Elayne and Larry Chiat
Nancy and Bobby Cohen
Nadine Antin-Colla and Coleman Colla
Marilyn Condon
Anne and Neil Covin
Susan and Alan Divine
Lois and Dale Dobrin
Kathy Feiger
Sig Feiger
Barbara and Rabbi Steven Fineblum
Beverly Fink
Caren Page and Bruce Fink
Marjorie and Mitch Fink
Noreen Fisher
Linda and Mike Fiterman
Wendy and Mel Flamenbaum
Ellen and Patrick Flannigan
Maida and James Fruen
Lili and Barry Garfinkel
Susan and Michael Garner
Nancy Garrett
Charlotte Gelfand
Carol and Jeff Gepner
Debbie and Mark Glotter
Lynn Golberstein
Marlene and Sandy Goldberg
Shelly and Ira Golden
Audrey Goldfarb
Cindi and Harold Goldfine
Janet and Stuart Goldman
Ed Goldsmith
Renananah Halpern and Joel Green
Shelley Kornblum and Judge Mickey Greenberg
Bonnie and Steve Growe
Sandra and Jack Gruenberg
Marina and Mark Guterman
Sandy and Tristan Hage
Sherry Harris
Arlene and Sidney Harris
Julie Haskovitz
Shirley Haskovitz
Phyllis Heilicher (z"I)
Roberta Hoffman
Ann Ginsburgh-Hofkin and Mike Hofkin
Sharon and William Hope
Susan and Michael Horovitz
Beatrice Johnson
Pat and Bill Joslin
Myra Juster (z"l)
Shirley and Arnold Kaplan
Norma and Steve Kaplan
Hanna Bloomfield and Bob Karasov
Marilyn Karasov
Janice and Mark Karon
Karen and Ken Katz
Pam and Ron Kaufman
Laurie Kaye
Sherry Knazan and Ron Kelmenson

Anne and Randy Klein
Betty Kohn
Patti and David Kopstein
Yuli Kornblum
Joyce and Myles Koshiol
Barbara and Gary Krupp
Charlotte Labofsky
Bette and Gerrit Lamain
Cheryl and Stan Lane
Sandy and Harry Lerner
Andrea and Stan Levich
Charles Levine
Tarri Levine
Joyce Levitan
Sheila and Steve Lieberman
Michal and Cantor Leon Lissek
Charlene and Michael Plitman
Joan and Larry Littman
Julie and Scott London
Dedee and Stephen Lovell
Diane and Jeffrey Lovich
Barbara and Sherwood Malamud
Kathleen Marron
Esta Miller
Florence Miller
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz
Ilene and Zoran Mojsilov
Heidi Winer and Mort Naiman
Jan and Rod O'Marron
Sheryl and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Howard Palay
Janet and Ron Plotsker
Keren and Simcha Prombaum
Marilyn and Frank Rajkowski
Diane and Jon Rappaport
Susan and Marshall Rappaport
Carol and Jeff Reed
Louise and Jerry Ribnick
Laurel and Claude Riedel
Vicki and Stuart Rosen
Barbara Friedman and Lon Rosenfield
Terry and Sam Roth
Joy Sandler
Gail Bender Satz and Mark Satz
Nancy and Steve Schachtman
Deborah and Rabbi Jeffrey Schein
David Schlay
Nancy and Michael Schoenberger
Nancy and Robert Schostak
Faith and Carl Schway
Barry Segal
William Skelton
Kay and Arthur Smith
Judy and Lee Snitzer
Judith Sofferin
Holly Spurgeon
Marilyn Stone
Harriet Swatez
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer and Hector Sztainer
Marcia Taple
Kate and Tony Tarvestad
Sue and Jim Walder
Judi Belzer and Jerry Waldman
Sharon and Joel Waller
Lynne Werde
Neil Werde
Jill and Steve Wolpert
Carol Woodward
Anna Lamin and Sabina Yesmin
Adina and Wayne Zaideman
Lynn and Arthur Zeidman
Gayle and Burt Zis
Sara and Boris Zuk
Sharon Zweigbaum


Heilicher Annual Benefit

Participate in the Heilicher Annual Benefit, our largest event of the year, and an opportunity for our whole community to come together to celebrate our school. Whether through an event sponsorship, tribute gift, participation in the online or live auction, or by attending the event itself, there are many ways to be part of this wonderful evening.

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Ways to Give

Each year, Heilicher students benefit from the philanthropic support of families across our community. Through the generosity of more than 700 annual donors, as well as those who have made meaningful endowment and legacy gifts to our school, we are able to create future generations of Jewish learners and leaders.

With your generous contributions, we can ensure that every child who desires an extraordinary Heilicher education has access to it. Through philanthropic support, the values of our parents, grandparents, and the generations that preceded them are perpetuated long into the future.

To make a gift to Heilicher click below, or contact Kiel Majewski, Development Director, at 952.381.3503 or

Make a Donation

"Heilicher is the perfect blend of a nurturing, flexible educational setting which values individual learning needs, high academic standards and wide exposure to Jewish culture and wisdom for our grandchild. For these reasons and more it is important to us to give to Heilicher to ensure our grandchild's day school education is strong today and in the future."

-HMJDS Grandparents Claude and Laurel Riedel

We feel like our HMJDS Annual Fund gift is one of the best charitable investments we can make. It is further reinforced every day that our daughters come home from school happy and having learned something new to prepare them for the rest of their lives!

Heilicher Donors