Students at HHNE are encouraged, empowered and obligated to involve themselves in acts of kindness and service to others throughout the school community, the local Jewish community and the community and world at large. Community Service is an ethic and a way of being where we train ourselves to care about and be aware of the needs of others and then act from that knowledge. Strengthening that awareness and sense of ethical responsibility towards others requires both intellectual/inspirational learning and learning by doing!
Many kinds of activities can qualify as Community Service. HHNE builds into its yearly calendar large-scale events like Yom Tzedaka and the Unity Color Run. The Better Together Program (and related initiatives) gives motivated students the opportunity to learn Torah with and get to know local seniors on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Many students take on leadership roles within the school community that can also qualify as community service time. Finally, individual students are involved in various activities in their own home communities and various organizations working to make the world a better place in one way or another. A more comprehensive list of examples of appropriate activities is available upon request.
Obligation & Recording:
Students are obligated to fulfill a baseline obligation of 15 hours of community service per academic year. Students are responsible to track that time by filling out a Community Service Program Form [downloadable form here.] The form and relevant activities must be approved and signed by Rabbi Skoglund and then submitted to Brenda Cabelus in the main office for record.
Community Service is a basic human value which takes on special significance in the Jewish community. But what do we mean by community service? What counts and why?
One of our Guiding Principles at HHNE is the ancient teaching that “The World stands upon three matters: Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Hasadim (Avot).”
To explain, all healthy community is based upon these three ways of being.