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June 27, 2003 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-06-27

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Day School
Draws Family

New Leadership

Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor names Shtull-Leber as principal.

1 ewish day schools have
always been important to
Dina Shtull-Leber. Now she
runs one.
When her husband Steven Leber, a
pediatric neurologist, was offered a
position with the University of
Michigan Health System, there was a
possible deal breaker.
"We needed to be sure that there
was a day school," Shtull-Leber
explained. When she learned about
the Hebrew Day School of Ann
Arbor, everything else fell into place.
Now, 13 years later, she has been
named principal of that school, the
same school
her three chil-
dren, Ilanit,
Tani and Leor,
attended.
"After 12
years of
involvement
with HDS as a
parent and
board mem-
ber, it is now
my honor and
privilege to
Shtull-Leber
continue that
connection as
principal," she said.
Shtull-Leber earned her bachelor's
degrees from Barnard College and
the Jewish Theological Seminary of
America, an MSW from Yeshiva
University and an MBA from the
University of Missouri. She has
worked with the Jewish federations
in Cleveland and New York. And
this summer marks her 11th year as
director of Judaic programming for
Tamarack Camps in Ortonville.
For eight years, she was co-director
of Project STaR — now the Sol
Drachler Program in Jewish
Communal Leadership — working
through the U-M School of Social
Work to recruit and train students
for careers in Jewish communal serv-
ice. She also has served as a freelance
Jewish educator in Ann Arbor and
metro Detroit, taught both adult
and youth b'nai mitzvah classes and
built a national reputation in the
area of informal Jewish education,

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Top: Brian Pinsky
works 012 a project as
teacher Aron Kaufman
helps others.

Eli Turner and
Jonathan Hammermesh
work in class.

chairing the International
Conference on Informal Jewish
Education for the past two years.
"Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to
be Jewish," she says, referring both
to her personal and professional
lives. "We have a tight pluralistic
community that works together in a
way that many others don't."
She looks forward to building the
day school in both quality and
enrollment.
"The Hebrew Day School can be a
huge plus for a lot of young fami-
lies," she said. "People may have an
image of a day school that is much
different than what we offer. We
want to make people aware that a
day school education may be for
them." Li

— Don Cohen

Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor
Jewish Community Center
Building
2937 Birch Hollow Drive
(734) 971-4633
vvwvv.hdsaa.org
Dina Shtull-Leber, director

The mission of the Hebrew Day
School of Ann Arbor is to nurture the
development of knowledgeable, caring
and committed Jewish children in a
dynamic learning environment.
Accredited by the Solomon Schechter
Day School Association, the school
offers classes from kindergarten
through 5th grade in Judaic studies,
Hebrew language and general studies,
to create a meaningful connection to
the Jewish heritage and build a foun-
dation for lifelong learning.

Dr. Gary Freed is amazed by his chil-
dren's proficiency in Hebrew
"It is truly unbelievable to me," he
says. "The fact that I spent several
years of college in Israel and now to be
surpassed by a 4th-grader in the ability
to converse and use of proper gram-
mar is both humbling and exhilarat-
ing."
Dr. Freed, his wife Eileen, and their
three children Ben, Michelle and Ariel
came to Ann Arbor in 1998 from
Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Freed, who is
Murphy Professor of Pediatrics in the
U-M Medical School as well as profes-
sor of Health Policy at the School of
Public Health, believes strengthening
the Jewish community helps strength-
en the university.
'Although the job opportunity was
very enticing, we would not have con-
sidered moving to Ann Arbor if there
was not a Jewish day school," he says.
"Having a day school is integral for
the university to be able to attract
high-quality faculty who also have a
commitment to their children's Jewish
education."
Though actively involved in many
facets of the Jewish community, as rel-
ative newcomers the day school pro-
vided an important introduction to
the community In addition to mar-
veling at the impact of the school's
Hebrew Immersion Program, he has
high praise for the school overall.
We had a ready-made welcoming
community for us when we arrived in
town that helped us feel settled and
grounded, and the caliber of education
our children receive, in both a secular
and religious sense, is excellent." ❑

— Don Cohen

Dr. Gary Freed in his U-Al office.

6/27

2003

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