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Where Are They Now

When did you attend Hillel? From 1994 (I think) till 2001.
Yossel in science class. 
Please share your favorite memory with us.  Rabbi Pliner's warmth, especially the care he showed each and every one of us.
What are you doing now? I learn Torah at BMG in Lakewood, NJ.
How did Hillel prepare you for life? I credit Rabbi Pliner for helping me to develop into the person who I am. And Rabbis Loebenstein and Rosenberg for preparing me for learning Torah on the level that I do now.
Share with us a special family minhag or two. We learn one halacha about Shabbos by each of the three Shabbos meals.
What's your favorite family activity? Dancing!
What is the secret for 
Basya Rochel (turning 4 right after Shavuos) Dovid Yehoshua (turning 3 right after Shavuos) and baby Reuvain Ezriel (2.5 months).
staying up all night learning on Shavous? If you are EXCITED about learning, the whole night just flies by without you even noticing. The key is to pick something you REALLY enjoy (and a stimulating chevrusa also helps).
What is your favorite topic of learning? I have many, many, many favorites, it really would be impossible to choose only one. Right now in Yeshiva we are learning Eiruvin in the morning and Basar B'chalav in the afternoon and I LOVE them both!

Hi Dr. Weinberg, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. When did you attend Hillel Academy?
In middle school and high school.  I graduated high school in 1968, 46 years ago...that's pretty scary.
What's your fondest memory  of Hillel Academy? The good times and lifelong friends that I made at Hillel.
What was your favorite subject? Biology with Mr Tomko.
What's it like to have a famous son? Famous? I'm proud of what Rabbi Weinberg is trying to accomplish at Hillel.  Hopefully his positive energy will be channeled into an exciting Jewish and educational experience for the students, and Hillel will continue to grow. But famous....Really?
In your wildest dream did you ever think your son would be the principal of Hillel Academy? Like one of his former Rebbeim told me,"Hashem does have a sense of humor."
Do you ever offer Rabbi Weinberg advice on running the school? No. Based on the job I did as President, I think Rabbi Weinberg will do fine without my help.

Do you keep in touch with your classmates? Yes. We had a small class and are still in close contact.
You are a gastroenterologist for UMPC. Tell us about your position. I'm a clinical gastroenterologist  at Shadyside, and I have the usual GI job description. I see patients in consultation and perform diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures.
Can you offer some advice to our students? Take advantage of the tremendous opportunity and privilege you have at Hillel to master tools in both secular and Jewish studies that will prepare you for future growth as a Torah observant Jew in whatever profession you choose.
How did Hillel prepare you for life? By giving me a strong education, and more importantly, by instilling in me a love of Torah and its values that provide the matrix to navigate in the secular world.
There is a new Jake Weinberg in town. When he starts to walk, what is the first place you are going to take him? If he's anything like his father or his namesake, his great-grandfather, Jake will decide for himself where he's going to walk.
What's your favorite Hillel event to attend? The alumni basketball game.
Thank you for your time!




Where Are They Now -  Judah Hirsch


What are you up to? I am currently living in Manila with my wife and two daughters. I have been running a corporate services firm here for the past couple of years and now I have just started a software company.  

When did you attend Hillel? I went to Hillel Academy from 1990-1996.

Can you offer some advice to our current students? If I had to give advice to a Hillel student, I would say-always be yourself and move to Israel as soon as you can!

Can you share your future plans with us?In terms of my future plans, I see myself continuing what I do now for the next couple of years.

What's your favorite Hillel Academy memory? My favorite Hillel memory is of Shmuel Aaron Adler laughing until milk came out of his nose-that memory will always have a special place in my heart. And of course, Rabbi Adler was my favorite teacher. 


Upcoming Events

Monday, September 22nd

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Wednesday, September 24th

  1. Erev Rosh Hashana - No Sessions

Thursday, September 25th

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Friday, October 3rd

  1. Erev Yom Kippur - No Sessions

Wednesday, October 8th

  1. Flex Day
  2. Sukkot Break - No Sessions