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 2021-22 school year. 

Margo and Cantor Barry Abelson
Reva Abrams
Gloria and Stan Alexander
Nadine Antin-Colla and Coleman Colla
Sally Leafman Appelbaum
Susan and Solomon Awend
Barbara Bach
Bev and Richard Behr
Pearl Berdass
Margo Berdass
Lois Berman
Connie and Lendley Black
Cobby Shereff and Charles Blumenfield
Debra Bomberg
Inna and Michael Brezman
Jacalyn Broze
Marlene and James Bukstein
Caren Page and Bruce Fink
Suzanne Chalom
Meryl Cohen
Marilyn Condon
Linda and Jon Davis
Susan and Alan Divine
Lois and Dale Dobrin
Nancy Drake
Linda and David Estrin
Kathy and Steve Feiger
Sig Feiger
Rachel and Michael Feldberg
Linda and Leslie Fieldman
Barbara and Rabbi Steven Fineblum
Marjorie and Mitchell Fink
Linda and Mike Fiterman
Wendy and Mel Flamenbaum
Ellen and Patrick Flannigan
Maida and James Fruen
Lili and Barry Garfinkel
Susan and Mike Garner
Nancy Garrett
Kimberly and Joel Gedan
Carol and Jeffrey Gepner
Riva and Alex Ginzburg
Leah Golberstein
Marlene and Sandy Golberg
Audrey and Mace (z"l) Goldfarb
Cindi and Harold Goldfine
Jan and Stu Goldman
Ed Goldsmith
Shelley and David Gollust
Marsha Golob
Renanah Halpern and Joel Green
Shelley Kornblum and Mickey Greenberg
Bonnie and Steve Growe
Sandra and Jack Gruenberg
Marina and Mark Guterman
Shar Benson and David (z"l) Halper
Barb and Mark Hampel
Arlene and Sidney Harris
Lois Herman
Roberta Hoffman
Ann Ginsburgh-Hofkin and Mike Hofkin
Sharon and William Hope
Susan and Mike Horovitz
Itzhak and Miriam Ibuhan
Beatrice Johnson
Shirley Mandel and Louis (z"l) Jurisz
Jean Kanter
Norma and Steve Kaplan
Carole and Martin Kaplan
Shirley and Arnold Kaplan
Joanne and Ira Kaplan
Marilyn Karasov
Bob Karasov and Hanna Bloomfield
Janice and Mark Karon
Pam and Ron Kaufman
Audrey and Alvin (z"l) Kaufman

Miriam Kieffer
Betty Kohn
Patti and David Kopstein
Yuli Kornblum
Joyce and Myles Koshiol
Barbara and Gary Krupp
Charlotte and Arnold Labofsky
Bette and Gerrit Lamain
Cheryl and Stan Lane
Sandy and Harry Lerner
Andrea and Stan Levich
Sharon and Buzz Levitt
Sheila and Steve Lieberman
Michal and Cantor Leon Lissek
Julie and Scott London
Dedee and Stephen Lovell
Diane and Jeffrey Lovich
Paula and Paul Maccabee
Barbara and Sherwood Malamud
Leta and Lawrence Maloney
Ana Maria Mecca
Hannah Chocron and Daniel Melendez
Ilana and Shlomo Melmed
Mike Miller
Esta Miller
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz
Eva and Jack Moreimi
Bobby and Bruce Nemer
Jan and Rod O'Marron
Sheryl and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Joyce and Martin Orbuch
Ayala and Shabtay Orr
Julie and Steven Pentelnik
Arlene and Jerry Perloff
Janet and Ron Plotsker
Susan Prottas
Susan and Marshall Rappaport
Diane and Jon Rappaport
Carol and Jeff Reed
Louise and Jerry Ribnick
Laurel and Claude Riedel
Judith and Zvi Rogovin
Vicki and Stuart Rosen
Barbara Friedman and Lon Rosenfield
Eileen Roston
Wendy and Steve Rubin
Anna and Slava Ryaboy
Joy Sandler
Gail Bender Satz and Mark Satz
Sue Savitt
Nancy and Steve Schachtman
Deborah and Rabbi Jeffrey Schein
Nancy and Mike Schoenberger
Nancy and Robert Schostak
Gail (z"l) and William Skelton
Judith Sofferin
Estelle and Robert Stillman
Liba and Tom Stillman
Marilyn Stone
Harriet Swatez
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer and Hector Sztainer
Marcia Taple
Heidi and Sully Tarshish
Katherine and Anthony Tarvestad
Deb and Tom Vidovic
Sue and Jim Walder
Judi Belzer and Jeremy Waldman
Ruth and James Williams
Jill and Steve Wolpert
Carol Woodward
Charlotte and Don Zacker
Adina and Wayne Zaideman
Bonnie and Len Zeff
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 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