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Recent Akiva graduates have gone
on to study at such East Coast universi-
ties as Barnard/Columbia, Brandeis,
Cornell, Yeshiva and Maryland as
well as such instate universities as
Michigan, Wayne State and Oakland.
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Front - Burner Matters
Akiva was the first Jewish day school
to receive accreditation through
the Michigan Non-Public School
Accrediting Association, an arm of the
Michigan Association of Non-Public
Schools. Akiva is held to standards at
least as high as those set by the State
of Michigan and the U.S. Department
In a wide-ranging 11V- interview,
Rabbi Klugerman also addressed:
"Technology will always be changing.
Our job as educators is to embrace it
and teach the students how to learn
with it. Learning is no longer mea-
sured by memorization of facts. It is
measured through the use of informa-
tion and the creation of ideas. And it
is through the use of the information
and the creation of ideas that real
learning takes place."
•Assessing math and science.
"We are moving toward more project-
based assessment — a richer, more
complete picture of the quality of
student learning. This lends itself to
students learning how to learn and
how to challenge themselves. We are
actively reviewing the curriculum for
both math and science in grades 6-12.
Math will become more problem-
solving based. And we are designing
a two-year plan for implementing an
experiential science curriculum that
will take us into the next decades of
advances in science education:'
• Confronting top challenges.
"We have outgrown our space; our
conservative projections indicate we
will need four more classrooms next
year alone. We need more laboratory
space as we expand our science cur-
riculum for the entire school. And
as we expand our curricula in music
and the arts, we need space for those
classes as well:'
Yaffa Klugerman said she and her
husband have found Akiva and the
larger Detroit Jewish community
warm and welcoming. "The first week
we arrived, for example, we were
touched when Akiva families coordi-
nated meals for us while we got settled
in our new house she said. "For
months afterwards, we were invited
to families for Shabbat andyom toy
She added, "We were always made to
feel like we were part of the commu-
nity, which meant a lot to us, since we
had essentially arrived here as strang-
ers. We tell people that the weather in
Detroit may be cold, but the people
here are very warm."
Akiva will host its annual banquet on
Sunday at the Hyatt Regency, Dearborn.
Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan
Finley will receive the Keter Shem Toy
Award for his support of Israel. Adam
Gardin, a Toronto-based business owner,
will be honored as Alumnus of the Year.
For reservations: (248) 386-1625.
Building A Community
kiva President Seth Korelitz
always count on each other in times
is most proud of
the sense of corn-
Korelitz lives day
munity - and, by exten-
schools. By day, he
sion, the higher degree of
teaches Jewish stud-
Jewish identity - that the
ies at Hillel Day School
school ingrains in families.
in Farmington Hills. He
"There is no escaping
and his wife, Sheryl,
this sense of community
have two daughters,
at Akiva, both among the
both Akiva students:
families at the school and
Hannah, an 11th-grader,
in their connections to the
and Zoe, in the fifth
broader Jewish world,
Seth Kor elitz
particularly with Israel,"
Korelitz said he's
thrilled every time he
"The kids have amaz-
asks Hannah about
ing relationships with their teachers classmates and Zoe chimes in
and rabbis. They voluntarily, and
because she knows the older stu-
happily, hang out with them out-
dents. As he put it: "Students leave
side of school. We live in the same
Akiva craving that kind of commu-
communities, we pray together,
nity because they grow up realizing
we celebrate together, and we can
how powerful it is." ❑