September 14, 2023

Heilicher's very own Jonah Kaplan featured Heilicher students in a WCCO story about Rosh Hashanah! Go to Heilicher's Facebook or Instagram to watch.

Rosh Hashanah 5784


Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) begins Friday night. It kicks off a period called aseret y’mei t’shuvah (The Ten Days of Return/Repentance). It is a time of intense introspection culminating in Yom Kippur, also known as yom hadim (The Day of Judgement). On that day we confront our behavior from the past year as we are called to account for it.


On the surface, aseret y’mei t’shuvah reflects the simple math of the calendar: There are ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. However, in Jewish thought, the number ten always connects to deeper meanings. So aseret y’mei t’shuva reminds us of the Ten Commandments and allows us one day to evaluate how well (or poorly) we’ve observed each of them. Ten also is the minimum number required for a minyan (prayer quorum). These two associations remind us t’shuvah is both an individual as well as a communal responsibility. Finally, ten is represented in Hebrew by the letter “yod,” the first Hebrew letter in Adonai. This signifies that t’shuvah is a sacred act; God is a partner in the process.


Jewish thought identifies two categories of mitzvot (commandments) guiding our behavior: those bein adam lamakom (between the individual and God) and those bein adam l’chaveiro (between one individual and another). God can forgive violations bein adam lamakom, but only the injured person can forgive abuses bein adam l’chaveiro. It is a long-standing Jewish custom to seek out those we’ve hurt and ask their forgiveness during aseret y’mei t’shuva. Only then can we stand before God and ask for a merciful judgment.


A gut gebencht yor (Yiddish)/A good, blessed year

Anyada buena, dulse i alegre (Ladino)/May you have a good, sweet and happy New Year

L’shanah Tovah Tikateivu v’Tichateimu (Hebrew)/May You Be Signed and Sealed for a Good Year


Dr. David Ackerman (Doc), Director of Jewish Living and Learning


Please feel free to use our Rosh Hashanah Blessings with Hebrew as well as English translation and transliteration to help you celebrate Rosh Hashanah 5784.

Mark Your Calendars!


  • Thursday, September 14 - Middle School Soccer Game, 5 p.m., Soccer Field
  • Friday, September 15 - EARLY DISMISSAL AT 2:45 P.M.: Rosh Hashanah
  • Thursday, September 21 - Middle School Soccer Game, 4:15 p.m., Soccer Field
  • Monday, September 25 - NO SCHOOL: Yom Kippur
  • Thursday, September 28 - Homecoming at Middle School Soccer Game, 4 p.m., Soccer Field
  • Friday, September 29 - EARLY DISMISSAL AT 2:45 P.M.: Sukkot


View the full Heilicher calendar online

Key Dates for 2023-2024

Torah Thoughts From Doc


When Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat, it interrupts the weekly cycle of parashot (portions). The reading for the first day describes Isaac’s birth and continues the second day with the drama of the akeidah (binding of Isaac). Read more about the story and the theme of forgiveness.

Pizza in the Hut


Bring the whole family for the Heilicher Sukkah Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4. We will have festive activities and pizza. RSVP to Galina Guterman by September 27. The pizza will be provided by Chef Liz Kaplan and come from the Heilicher kitchen. There will be other packaged snacks as well. RSVPs are required so we can plan food accordingly. We hope to see you there! 

Register for Heilicher Grades 2-5 Choir


If your child is interested in participating in the Heilicher Choir, please email Mr. Shaw by Thursday, September 28. In choir, students in second-fifth grade have the opportunity to study choral music and explore a variety of musical styles. Your email acknowledges that you have read the Choir Group Guidelines. Practice times and early morning rehearsal dates are listed in the guidelines.

Heilicher Homecoming


Join us for a homecoming cookout as we cheer on the Heilicher middle school soccer team Thursday, September 28, at 4 p.m. on the Barry Family Campus Soccer Field. Hot dogs will be glatt kosher. Know any alumni? Invite them to the game!

School's Out Registration


School's Out is Heilicher's childcare program for non-school days and half days. School's Out provides fun at school and field trips and offers full-day, morning, and afternoon options. Registration for School's Out is now open for the entire year. Registering early comes with an early-bird discount and helps School's Out estimate participation numbers to better plan engaging programs for students.


Register and learn more on Jumbula. School's Out will be available on the following dates:


October 18-20: Conferences/MEA

November 6: Professional Development Day

November 22: Thanksgiving Break

February 19-23: Mid-Winter Break

March 15: Conferences

April 22, 25, and 26: Pesach Break

May 1: Professional Development Day

June 6: Afternoon of Last Day of School

Athletic Leagues


If your student is interested in athletic leagues, check out the Athletic Leagues page on Jumbula. See what sports will be offered throughout the rest of the year, and start registering at any time.

5-8 Ultimate Frisbee Open Gym

Starting December 3 and going through April 7, Heilicher has reserved the JCC gym every Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for open gym practices. Any fifth-eighth graders interested in playing ultimate frisbee this upcoming season are welcome to attend.


We are looking for parents to help out at these practices. If you are interested or know of someone, please contact Athletic Director Lee Metzger.

Back-to-School Night Feedback


Please take a moment to help us gauge the success of Back-to-School Night (BTSN). Rate if you agree with the following statements. 5 means you fully agree; 1 means you do not agree at all.

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If you have additional feedback about Back-to-School Night, please share your comments with us.

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Mazal Tov!


Mazal tov to Heilicher parents Steven Maloney and Evangeline Dhawan-Maloney on their marriage this past weekend.

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