• Amazing Reflections from Spring 2017 Students

    Heller High impacts our students in many different ways, from challenging them to be more independent, creating a connection to Israel, learning more about their Jewish identity to learning new study habits and immersing them in Jewish history in the Jewish homeland.


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  • Semester Assignment: My Immigration Story

    Evan Wertheim, a Jewish History teacher at Heller High discusses his special semester assignment and how the students were given the task of 'going back to their roots'.


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  • Nachlaot: One of Jerusalem’s Hidden Gems

    Several weeks ago, the students spent some time in Nachlaot, a culturally diverse neighborhood comprised of 32 small neighborhoods. Ellie discussed her experience at the sitting at the strawberry garden as well as having to speak Hebrew to the merchants at the shuk.


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  • The Great Independence War & The Formation of the Jewish State

    For the Independence Tiyul, our class was given the opportunity to visit the Israeli tank museum, Yad LaShiryon Latrun. At the museum, we learned about the great Independence war, visited the memorial wall, and had a chance to talk with a real Israeli Tank corps Alumni - our very own madricha - Neta!


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  • The Accomplishments of URJ Heller High

    Sixty-two teens who came from 17 different states and provinces and over 40 congregations are returning to their hometowns across North America. They will return to their families, friends and congregations bursting with excitement and a desire to share their experiences with anyone who will listen.


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  • Math, Maimonides: A Peek into General Studies at URJ Heller High

    Heller High science and math teacher Lance demonstrates to students that Judaism can be connected to every facet of our daily life - even surprisingly, math and science.


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  • The Unexpected Role of a Lone Soldier in Israel

    Yom HaZikaron is the Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers of the IDF and for individuals who were murdered in terror attacks. It is a day full of tears and sorrow because everyone in Israel is somehow connected to the tragedies.


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  • Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

    As a kehillah of URJ Heller High, we had the opportunity of experiencing the dramatic switch between the memorial day of Yom HaZikaron and the independence day of Yom Ha'atzmaut.


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  • Cultural Zionism in Tel Aviv

    The students went on two tiyulim (field trips) to understand Zionism in action in the late nineteenth century. This approach helped them learn how the goal of having a Jewish state was reflected in the differing beliefs of the main Zionist leaders of the late 19th century.


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  • Yam L’Yam: Discovering The Strength Of Community

    The students were quite divided during the weekend before Passover. Many of us found ourselves with family, friends, and in some cases at the home of strangers. Although a few students began the weekend with some doubts about being thrown in a new environment with people they'd never met, I can confidently say that the majority of us had a pleasant weekend, and started or strengthened friendships that we were happy we were given the chance to create.


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