AMOS & CELIA HEILICHER MINNEAPOLIS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

How to Enjoy MinneSNOWta in the Winter

Here in MinneSNOWta we have to embrace the long winter months. Here is a list of our favorite winter activities to get you through the long, cold months. 

  • Explore the trails: go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or just for a snow hike with the family. 
  • Spend a day ice skating.
  • Visit Elm Creek Park: Bring your favorite pet to Elm Creek Park where they have designated trails for dog sledding or head over to their tubing hill (they have a 10-story moving sidewalk you can ride up the hill before hopping on a tube and gliding down the hill). 
  • Check out the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the United States. 
  • Try Curling. Did you know the U.S. Men’s championship curling team was from Duluth?
  • Cheer on the home team. Check out a Minnesota Wild hockey game at the Xcel Center or a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game at the Target Center. 
  • Hit the slopes. Afton Alps, Buck Hill, Hyland Hills, Welch Village, and Wild Mountain are all within 1 hour of the Twin Cities. 
  • Visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and immerse yourself in greenery and 70OF temperatures to escape the cold. 
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Teacher Reflections on Racial Justice Work at Heilicher

“You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you free to withdraw from it.”

This is one of our school’s core values, and for me, it describes the challenge of teaching our students to be thoughtful, ethical citizens who take action for social justice. Not long after George Floyd was killed in May 2020, two Heilicher fourth graders spoke at the school’s annual meeting. They challenged our school to take a more active role in combating racism and working for justice. This was a powerful and inspiring call to action.

Chanukah

Chanukah is here!  The great miracle of the oil! The crushing victory of the Maccabees! The reality of the original Chanukah story played out much like the lead-up to our recent election, only then it was a fight for the soul of Judaism, or at least it felt that way. Some Jews living under Greek rule (165 BCE) loved the Greek traditions and wanted to embrace them. Some felt that if Jews embraced any of them, it would lead to the end of Judaism.The stakes felt that high, and eventually it was the Jews who engaged in their own civil war over the future of Judaism;  Did Jews have to refrain from all Greek customs?