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Scheck Hillel’s Class of ‘17 is Future Ready

Nearly 1,400 community friends gathered to celebrate Scheck Hillel Community School’s Class of 2017 commencement on May 16 in the school’s Diener Athletic Center. These graduates were accepted to amazing universities, yeshivot and gap year programs across the globe, including Cornell, Emory, Georgia Tech, University of Florida, IDC Herzliya, University of Michigan, New York University, Tufts and more.

“With more than 200 college acceptances, all 81 of our graduates have found the program best for them,” said Scheck Hillel Head of School Dr. Ezra Levy at Commencement. “Seniors, may you find success, fulfillment and happiness, and may you always remember that Hillel is home. You are our newest generation of alumni. With so many friends gathered to honor you today, I give a special thank you to our hundreds of alumni. With more alumni than ever before returning home as parents and faculty, we continue to grow, while preserving the essence and traditions of our school. Thank you for keeping Scheck Hillel a constant part of your lives.”

Carlos Berner, Scheck Hillel’s Chair of the Board of Governors, gave the graduates a lifelong message. “May you grow to become mensches, lifelong learners, creative and productive global citizens who advocate for good, agents of change, people who will go out of their way to help others, voices that will stand up for justice, tireless advocates of the State of Israel and proud members of the Jewish People.”

The community also heard from students during this special event.

“We are about to enter a whole new world with a diverse array of people, housing a diverse array of thought,” Jordana Zackon said in her Valedictorian remarks. “This gives us the opportunity to learn and to grow, to make us question our preconceived notions, and even to strengthen our beliefs.” In the fall, Jordana will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.

Salutatorian Danielle Scheck also spoke at Commencement. “…We had quite the experience here at Scheck Hillel, which has transformed us into who we are today: inquisitive and ambitious leaders. Most importantly, we are determined to make a difference in the world with tikkun olam and carrying on the traditions that our parents and school have instilled in us.” Danielle will attend the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, in the fall.

David Oliel charged his fellow graduates with a powerful message in his remarks as Student Government President. “In college, in career and in life, our Jewish identity will always be a part of us, and we should never forget it. We need to protect who we are, what we stand for...what it means to be Jewish.” David will attend Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Commencement festivities began May 11 at the Senior Awards Ceremony, where proud family members and friends looked on as students received awards and honor society tassels. May 15's Senior Dinner provided an opportunity for families to celebrate the graduates together.

The graduates received a personalized Yeverechicha blessing from Dr. Levy and took in remarks from Associate Head of School Vanessa Donaher and Yossi Yativ, a Scheck Hillel Hebrew and Israel Education teacher who has been inspiring Scheck Hillel students for more than 30 years. Once the graduates received their diplomas, the newest generation of alumni proudly moved their tassels and tossed their graduation caps in the air.

Scheck Hillel is proud to give a mazal tov to the Class of 2017 and their families. We can’t wait for them to come back to visit us at home.

From early childhood through Grade 12, Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity, values and a commitment to the State of Israel, through a college preparatory curriculum and meaningful co-curricular experiences, guided by Orthodox teachings and set within a nurturing, diverse community. Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For information, please visit

Scheck Hillel's Class of 2017


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