Grandparents/Special Elders

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. Yom Dor L'Dor dates for this year are: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 and Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Throughout the year, grandparents also have the opportunity to:

  • View photos online of grandchildren at Heilicher.
  • Attend all-school assemblies and other special events. View the School Calendar
  • Volunteer in a grandchild's classroom, the art room, or through other special programming.
  • 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.

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Heilicher Special Elder Mr. Harold Smith

Heilicher special elder and friend of the school, Mr. Harold Smith shares 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 135 grandparents or alumni grandparents who have given to Heilicher from July 1, 2017 to November 10, 2018.  Thank you!

Margo and Cantor Barry Abelson
Susan and Solomon Awend
Barbara Bach
Margo Berdass
Pearl Berdass
Bonnie and Bruce Berezovsky
Elizabeth and Jerry Berkelhamer
Charles and Cobby Blumenfield
Shellie Blumenfield
Karen and Bruce Blumenthal
Ruth Greenberger and Daniel Boch
Marlene and Dr. James Bukstein
Trudy and Jeff Burstein
Danise Chandler
Marilyn Condon
Phyllis and Rabbi Barry Cytron
Barbara and Barry Davis
Reena and Stuart Davis
Nancy Drake
Audrey and Paul Estrin
Linda and Dr. David Estrin
Judy Fenton
Leslie and Linda Fieldman
Nan and Marc Fine
Beverly and Richard Fink
Bruce Fink
Michael Linda Fiterman
Wendy and Melvin Flamenbaum
Rachael Freed
Marsha Wolk and Frank Freedman
Charlotte Gelfand
Rachel and Jack Geretz
Linda Gilfix
Marlene Gimpel
Riva and Alex Ginzburg
Leah Golberstein
Marlene and Sandy Goldberg
Audrey and Dr. Mace Goldfarb
Cindi and Harold Goldfine
Rose Goodman
Bari and Avron Gordon
Ellen and Laurence Granof
Rani Halpern and Joel Green
Sherry Harris
Lisa Heilicher
Phyllis Heilicher
Bonnie and Steven Heller

Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin and Mike Hofkin
Sharon and William Hope
Susan and Michael Horovitz
Joni Hymanson
Beatrice Johnson
Marion and Steven Kahn
Jean and Yale Kanter
Eloise and Elliot Kaplan
Marilyn Karasov
Arlene and Harvey Kase
Audrey and Alvin Kaufman
Pam and Dr. Ronald Kaufman
Miriam and Leroy Kieffer
Lili and David (z"l) Khabie
Mitchel Kirshbaum
Louise Kloner
Betty Kohn
Bette (z"l) and Louise Kotlarz
Judy and Brian Krasnow
Charlotte and Arnold Labofsky
Susan Lackey
Harry and Sandy Lerner

Andrea and Stan Levich
Joyce and Len Levitan
Sharon and Buzz Levitt
Sheila and Stephen Lieberman
Joan and Larry Littman
Dedee and Stephen Lovell
Paula and Paul Maccabee
Barbara and Sherwood Malamud
Peter Manning
Elly and Astrid Meisler
Ilana and Shlomo Melmed
Esther Miller
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz
Susan and Neil Moses-Zirkes
Eva and Jack Moreimi
Micki and Mort Naiman
Debbie and Allan Nathan
Roberta and Bruce Nemer
Gayle Newman
Sheryl and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Etta Fay Orkin
Gloria Phillips
Dorothy and Norman Pink
Lisa and Larry Plotkin
Janet and Ron Plotsker
Shirley and Burt Politz
Renate and David Pope
Rabbi Simcha Prombaum and 
 Keren Prombaum
Susan and Robert Prottas
Susan and Marshall Rappaport
Carol and Jeff Reed
Gail and Bill Ribnick
Laurel and Claude Riedel
Dona and Mike Rodich
Carol and David Rosenblatt
Eileen and David Roston
Joy Sandler
Gail Bender Satz and Mark Satz
Nancy and Steve Schachtman
Deb and Rabbi Jeff Schein
Eileen and Harold Scherling
Lois and Dr. Larry Schochet
Nancy and Mike Schoenberger
Ruth Schoenberger
Marilyn and Darrell Schultz
Randy Segal
Yvonne and Charles Selcer
Nancy and Joel Shinder
Gail and Bill Skelton
Beth and Gerard Smetana
Sandy and Steve Spurbeck
Susan and Gabe Steinberg
Estelle and Robert Stillman
Rochelle and Marvin Stillman 
Marilyn Stone
Harriet Swatez
Heidi and Sully Tarshish
Putchie and Michael Wagner
Judi Belzer and Jeremy Waldman
Woody Wallace
Barrie and Enid Weiser
Patty and Rabbi Loel Weiss
John Windhorst
Cindy and Ted Wittcoff
Carol Woodward
Bonnie and Len Zeff
Gayle and Burt Zis
Sara and Boris Zuk
Barb and Larry Zweigbaum
Sharon Zweigbaum

HMJDS 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 550 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 Rebecca Skelton, Institutional Advancement 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