Wednesday, November 16th, 2016...3:20 pm

L’dor v’dor: A second generation begins at Heilicher

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Watching my son enthusiastically participate in Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoons makes me appreciate the Jewish education he is getting. I am so grateful that he is able to experience a Heilicher education.” — Arielle Kaufman, MJDS alumna and mom of current student

Growing up in Minneapolis in the 1980s, Arielle Kaufman attended MJDS in its early years. Her day school experience, together with her family’s commitment to Jewish values and education, attendance at Jewish summer camp, and a vibrant Minneapolis Jewish community, laid the groundwork for the strong Jewish identity she has today.

Arielle Kaufman with her husband Ohad Ludomirsky and their children. (Courtesy of HMJDS)

Arielle Kaufman with her husband Ohad Ludomirsky and their children. (Courtesy of HMJDS)

When considering school choices for her eldest child, Rafi, Arielle knew Heilicher had to be to be on the list.

“We knew the Judaic Studies would be strong, but we wanted to be sure the general academics were excellent, too,” Arielle recalls. “During our tour, we saw engaged and happy learners and passionate teachers. We met confident, welcoming children and found it easy to picture our son and our family joining the Heilicher community.”

Rafi’s kindergarten experience exceeded her expectations. Any fear that he was “missing something” by not choosing a public or alternative independent school quickly flew out the window. Rafi loved Hebrew and often came home sharing new Hebrew words and songs. Pillow Polo in gym class was talked about at home for weeks. He enjoyed music and proudly showed off his art on display.

Throughout the year, Arielle and her husband Ohad found the faculty and staff extremely accessible to them and very supportive of Rafi and his individual needs. As dual working parents, there were many opportunities to get involved at Heilicher that matched their schedules and passions.

Arielle’s advice for prospective families is, “Just take a tour! See if the school and community are a fit for your child and family. I am confident you will be impressed by what you see.”


The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School is a K-8 independent school delivering strong academics in a nurturing environment. Heilicher’s Jewish values-based education promotes a lifelong love of learning with emphasis on critical thinking, second language learning, creative expression, and global engagement. You will be proud of the person your child becomes.

For information about Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, call 952-381-3500 or go to:

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