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Learning Tips for a Fun and Productive Summer


Summer is officially underway …and while we are sure that having your children at home is lovely, it can also be challenging to think of ways to keep them busy. Let’s remember that their brains need to stay active too! Encouraging your child to engage in summer learning activities will help prepare them for the following school year and form great studying habits for the future.

Below are a few tips that can help make sure that children are staying engaged with their studies over the summer:

  1. Read Every Day: 

    Did you know that reading daily for 30 minutes can significantly increase your child’s reading skills? Reading is an excellent way to exercise children’s brains, improve concentration, vocabulary, language skills, and much more. Make a fun trip out of it and let your child choose a book from the library, then go for ice cream afterward!

    As a way to inspire a lifelong love of reading, here is a list of websites that include book suggestions and recommendations for fun summer reading activities!

    Book Lists:  

  2. Write Every Week:

    Start a summer journal! Children can write about what they read, their summer activities, or write a letter to their best friend.

  3. Practice Social Emotional Learning (SEL):

    Be an active citizen by volunteering at a shelter, making a donation to a cause that your child feels passionate about or practice gratitude every day. Show them that politeness and manners can go a long way. Students who practice skills such as mindfulness and social awareness become exceedingly empathetic, understanding, and more open to other cultures.

  4. Practice Hebrew:

    Watch videos, read books written in Hebrew or listen to Hebrew songs! It’s important for children to brush up on everything they’ve learned throughout the year. We encourage you to take advantage of summer resources that were sent home; try practicing a few sentences a week.

    For younger children, here are a few songs your child can sing along to:
  5. Try Interactive and Fun Learning Games: 

    Try playing an outdoor memory game, visit a museum, get artsy and paint or create a scrapbook. Summer learning activities don’t have to be a bore. There are plenty of ways to spice things up in a way that kids forget that they are even learning something new!  You can check out a few ideas from Oxford learning here.

While pulling your child away from their electronic device or limiting screen time may not always be a simple task, the effects of not trying can be detrimental. Try using screen time as a reward for completing chores, practicing math and reading, or spending a certain amount of time doing physical activity.

We hope that you find these summer learning tips to be helpful. We can’t wait to see you all in September!

Have a wonderful summer!

By Elisabeth Castera

Meet Emily Fernandez — Our Chief Schools Officer!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Emily Fernandez will be joining our team in July as Hebrew Public’s new Chief Schools Officer!

Emily is an inspirational and strategic leader entering her fifteenth year as an educator. She is currently finishing the school year as Founder and Principal at Brownsville Ascend Middle School (part of the Brooklyn-based Ascend school network, on whose Board I have the privilege of serving).

Emily is an expert in instructional coaching, school leadership, student and staff culture, and evaluation. Students at her school have shown significant academic growth. She has a deep knowledge of how to ensure that growth while also creating warm and supportive school environments for children, staff, and parents. In addition to her work at Ascend, Emily has held roles at KIPP NYC and Teach For America in Miami-Dade, Florida.

Emily is driven by a deep belief in the ability of young people to excel when presented with rigorous challenges and unwavering support.

Upon accepting the position, Emily said, “There are many things that drew me to Hebrew Public. I’ve seen the network’s passion and motivation for children of all backgrounds to flourish while receiving an exceptional education in a diverse community. Teaching the Modern Hebrew language is a great way to expose young people to the world, a new language, and achieve high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages. In touring the schools, I’ve seen wonderful, positive, and kind children that have the character not just to excel for themselves, but to make a difference locally and globally. It is a unique movement, in unique schools, and I am so excited to be joining Hebrew Public at this pivotal time!”

Please join us in welcoming Emily to the Hebrew Public team!

Jon Rosenberg
President and CEO

P.S. Emily lives in Brooklyn and spends most of her free time reading to, playing with, or chasing after her two young children. She also loves exploring new restaurants and parks with friends.

A Broadway Benefit to Remember


Witty, funny, touching, and REAL.

Every year, our network hosts a Broadway Benefit. These events have raised a total of over $1.3 million to support our schools. It has become an annual tradition  — a celebration of Hebrew Public, and an opportunity to connect with our community.

This year, we watched the show Tootsie. The new musical is based on the acclaimed 1982 comedy classic. The story follows talented but difficult actor Michael Dorsey, played by Tony nominee Santino Fontana, who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.

The show was a representation of real-life scenarios. Each character revealed their true colors, the good AND the bad. The show touched on topics that most Broadway musicals would probably steer away from, such as gender politics, rejection, unemployment, difficult relationships, and the obstacles that one may face when pursuing their dream — with a hilarious spin.

We’ve all been through at least one of these situations, right? The show is relatable. I’m not sure if anyone of us would go to the extent that Michael Dorsey did by pretending to be someone they are not, but desperate times do call for desperate measures.

I must say that Tootsie did not let us down. It also confirmed that being a woman, is no job for a man!

Prior to the show, we enjoyed a performance from our third and fourth-grade chorus during our pre-show reception. They sang beautifully while families enjoyed hors d’oeuvres. It was a wonderful afternoon, with a room filled with family, friends, and laughs.




As our families walked out of the theatre — you could see the smiles and joy on their faces, which only meant one thing — that our Broadway Benefit was a success. We are truly grateful for the support we receive from each and every one of you.

Until next year!


By Elisabeth Castera

Meet Hadar Dohn — Our Head of School!

We are thrilled to announce that after a thorough search, Hadar Dohn has been named the new Head of School for Hebrew Language Academy.

Hadar Dohn has been a leading educator for over three decades. As a lifelong learner, Hadar strives for continuous professional development for herself and all those around her. She is committed to and experienced in, meeting the needs of diverse learners. Hadar knows how to mentor, coach, and support teachers, and always has students’ best interests at heart. She has been described by former colleagues as collaborative, an effective communicator, empowering, and radiating camaraderie.

Most recently, Hadar was the Principal of Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, which is a K-8 school. Before Schectner, Hadar served as the Head of School at the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor for four years. Prior to that, she was at Temple Israel in Hollywood Day School in California for nineteen years. During that time, Hadar served in a variety of roles, including a Hebrew Teacher and Head of the Hebrew Department, and finally, as Principal. Hadar was also an elementary school art teacher earlier in her career.

Hadar has a Bachelor degree in Art from California State University, and a Bachelor of Literature and a Masters in Education from the American Jewish University. In addition, she is a Fellow and Graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute and Harvard University Principals Center.

During her spare time, Hadar enjoys reading and taking walks with her three dogs. She also loves cooking, but not baking, since it requires measuring. Hadar and her husband Mark, also an educator, are the proud parents of three children.

Hadar will start full-time this summer and will be making periodic visits to the school in the interim, so be sure to say hello and introduce yourself!

We are delighted to welcome Hadar Dohn to our community!

Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School Awarded Startup Grant

For immediate release
May 1, 2019

Philadelphia – Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School a $600,000 startup grant for the 2019-20 school year, with the potential to grow to $1.5 million over four years.

Hebrew Public is leading a national movement of exceptional, diverse public charter schools that teach Modern Hebrew to children of all backgrounds and prepare them to be successful global citizens. This grant supports the startup of Hebrew Public’s first school in Philadelphia that will be a citywide, open-enrollment public charter school.

PSP’s multi-year investment will enable Philadelphia Hebrew Public to launch with only grades K-1 in 2019-20 and grow to serve K-8 by 2026-27. After nearly three years of planning, the new school will open serving 156 students in September. Grounded in extensive outreach and demographic research, the school will be located at the junction of diverse neighborhoods in East Falls and Allegheny West and draw a diverse student body from across the city. Even in its first year, Philadelphia Hebrew Public has seen significant interest and is already engaging registered families in regular social events to build this unique school community.

“We are deeply grateful for PSP’s help in making it possible to bring Hebrew Public’s diverse by design school model to Philadelphia,” said Jonathan Rosenberg, President, and CEO of Hebrew Public. “Thanks to this investment, we’ll be able to launch thoughtfully and deliberately growing from a K-1 to a K-8 by 2026,” Rosenberg reflected.

Investing in Today’s Technology for Tomorrow’s Future

In the 2018-2019 school year, our New York City campuses have received technology equipment worth over $600,000. The competitive grants received from local government officials will help prepare students for the future in today’s digital economy.

The support from Brooklyn Borough President — Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President — Gale Brewer, and Council Member — Alan Maisel allows staff from Hebrew Language Academy Charter School (HLA), Hebrew Language Academy and Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School to upgrade technology and infrastructure, make learning more fun, and ensure that students reach their academic potential.

“Our students are looking forward to improving their computer skills, such as computer coding and 3D printing,” says Sasha Kogan, Community Relations and Alumni Coordinator at HLA. “It’s really great to see the enthusiasm on their faces as they learn new digital skills. The kids have been using the laptops to access eLearning platforms, such as CompassThinkCerca, and keyboarding Without Tears — each program provides a personalized learning path for our students.”

Research has found that when schools provide students with laptops for use in the classroom and at home, learning improved in a number of subjects, including science, math, and English. “Students received more feedback on their writing, edited and revised their papers more often, drew on a wider range of resources to write, and published or shared their work with others more often,” the study concludes.

“These funds have allowed us to provide technology that we could not afford before. We are truly grateful to our local officials for the generous support of Hebrew Public students in Brooklyn and in Harlem,” says Valerie Khaytina, Chief External Officer of Hebrew Public, the grants will help support the network’s commitment of providing students with a high-quality education and equip them with 21st-century skills.”


We are grateful for the support we’ve received from Eric Adams, Gale Brewer, and Alan Maisel for investing in our schools and believing in our mission.

An Acceptance For All in the Workplace

Staten Island Hebrew Public approved by Board of Regents

For immediate release
November 14, 2018

Staten Island Hebrew Public approved by Board of Regents
New Charter School in Ocean Terrace set to open to students in
Fall of 2020 

Staten Island, NY – The New York State Board of Regents has authorized the opening of Staten Island Hebrew Public Charter School, a school that will be part of the Hebrew Public school network. 

Hebrew Public, a New York-based nonprofit that manages three public charter schools in New York City, will work with the new school’s board to open the school in the Fall of 2020. 

The school will be located in the Community  School District (CSD) 31, on Staten Island’s North Shore. The school is open to all children eligible for kindergarten and first grade residing in New York City, with preference given to residents of Staten Island. Staten Island Hebrew Public proposes to serve 162 students in grades K-1 during the first year of the charter term and grow to serve 522 students in grades K-5 at full capacity.  

Each Hebrew Public network school emphasizes global citizenship, serves students from all backgrounds, and provides a rigorous and supportive academic program that includes a focus on the study of Modern Hebrew. 

Jon Rosenberg, President , and CEO of Hebrew Public, which also works with five affiliated schools around the country, said the Regent’s approval is a testament to the network ’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to our great city’s children. 

For those looking for more information on the school and pre-enrollment are encouraged to visit: http://sihebrewpublic.org. 

Hebrew Public’s mission is to lead a national movement of exceptional, diverse public charter schools that teach Modern Hebrew to children of all backgrounds and prepare them to be successful global citizens.