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, November 23, 2021 (details will be sent to parents and grandparents prior to the event). 

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.

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We're Still Smiling
A Heilicher Welcome Video for Grandparents

The 2020-21 school year was an unusual one for all of us. But through it all, Heilicher continued to deliver an exceptional education to our students, ensuring that they had a great year! Click on the orange bar or photo below to see a special welcome message sent to our grandparent community in December 2020 from former Head of School, Yoni Binus, followed by a video showcasing the smiles of our Heilicher community! 


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 all grandparents and alumni grandparents who have given to Heilicher since July 1, 2020. Thank you!

Margo and Cantor Barry Abelson
Reeva Abrams
Barbara Bach
Margo Berdass
Pearl Berdass
Tammy and Carl Birnberg
Bonnie and Bruce Berezovsky
Lois Berman
Hanna Bloomfield and Robert Karasov
Charles Blumenfield
Shellie Blumenfield
Jacalyn Broze
Marlene and James Bukstein
Meryl Cohen
Marilyn Condon
Nadine Antin-Colla and Coleman Colla
Susan and Alan Divine
Nancy Drake
Linda and David Estrin
Paul Estrin
Sig Feiger
Kathy and Steven Feiger
Nan and Marc Fine
Barbara and Rabbi Steven Fineblum
Beverly and Richard (z"l) Fink
Caren Page and Bruce Fink
Marjorie and Mitchell Fink
Judy Finkelstein
Noreen Fisher
Linda and Mike Fiterman
Wendy and Mel Flamenbaum
Lili and Barry Garfinkel
Samuel Gendler
Riva and Alex Ginzburg
Marlene and Sandy Goldberg
Shelly and Ira Golden
Audrey and Mace Goldfarb
Cindi and Harold Goldfine
Ellen and Laurence Granof
Rani Halpern and Joel Green
Shelley Kornblum and Mickey Greenberg
Marina and Mark Guterman
Sandra and Tristan Hage
Shar Benson and David Halper
Arlene and Sidney Harris
Sherry Harris
Julie Haskovitz
Roberta Hoffman
Ann Ginsburg-Hofkin and Mike Hofkin
Sharon and William Hope
Susan and Michael Horovitz
Beatrice Johnson
Jean Kanter
Carole and Martin Kaplan
Marge and Harvey Kaplan
Norma and Steve Kaplan
Shirley and Arnold Kaplan
Marilyn Karasov
Janice and Mark Karon
Audrey and Alvin Kaufman
Pam and Ron Kaufman
Miriam Kieffer
Mitchel Kirshbaum
Sherry Knazan and Ron Kelmenson
Betty Kohn
Patti and David Kopstein
Joyce and Myles Koshiol
Barbara and Gary Krupp
Sandy and Harry Lerner
Joyce Levitan
Sheila and Steve Lieberman
Joan and Lawrence Littman
Julie and Scott London
Dedee and Stephen Lovell
Diane and Jeffrey Lovich
Barbara and Sherwood Malamud
Peter Manning
Mike Miller
Esta Miller
Esther Miller
Florence Miller
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz
Irene and Zoran Mojsilov
Eva and Jack Moreimi
Bobby and Bruce Nemer
Sheryl and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Joyce and Martin Orbuch
Etta Fay Orkin
Deborah Orman and Thomas Davies
Arlene and Jerry Perloff
Linda Pinck
Janet and Ron Plotsker
Shirley and Burt Politz
Keren and Simcha Prombaum
Susan and Robert (z"l) Prottas
Louise and Jerry Ribnick
Laurel and Claude Riedel
Carol and David (z"l) Rosenblatt
Eileen and David Roston (z"l)
Wendy and Steven Rubin
Nancy and Steve Schachtman
Deborah and Rabbi Jeffrey Schein
Nancy and Mike Schoenberger
Marilyn and Darrell Schultz
Gail and Bill Skelton
Phyllis and Rabbi Barry Cytron
Susan and Gabe Steinberg
Chelle and Marvin Stillman
Marilyn Stone
Marcia Taple
Sharon and Joel Waller
Jill and Steve Wolpert
Carol Woodward
Bonnie and Leonard Zeff
Penny and Mark Ziessman
Gayle and Burt Zis
Sara and Boris Zuk
Barbara and Larry Zweigbaum
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