Let’s make it very clear

There has been no agreement made between Hillel Day School and the Brooks family. I was informed today, by a couple of friends, that people are under the assumption that HDS has made a deal with us to keep our kids at Hillel for next year.

Let me assure you, I wish that were the case. But if it were, I would have let you know.

For now, I say with 100% honesty, we do not know where any of our 3 children will be at school for the 2012 year.Or if they will be at school at all – without report cards, we cannot register them for school, and our report cards are currently being held by the school…

While I would very much like to think that they will all be able to return to Hillel, unless the school is able to work with us, it’s not going to happen.

Keith & I are not about to enter into a financial agreement with the school (or any other organization for that matter) that we know we cannot fulfill. We are honest, hardworking people, who never intended to be in debt to the school to begin with. We are not one of the families who have carried a balance year after year. We are a family that was unable to fill our obligation for this past year only, due to circumstances beyond our control, and we are not prepared to commit to an amount that we are quite certain we won’t be able to pay for the coming year.

I truly hope that the administration & Board at HDS will be true to their promise and help us ensure that our children can get the Jewish education that they keep telling us our kids deserve. If and when that happens, I’ll be dancing all over my blog. You will be the first to hear about it.

Happy 4th of July.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barry Gross
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 18:10:02

    Feeling for you sis. Come back to the UK and we would sort out places for your kids somewhere. The fees would be reasonable and if you could not afford them arrangements would be made. If ever I had considered moving to the US this episode gives a pretty massive reason not to.


    • vanessabrooksceo
      Jul 04, 2011 @ 18:28:18

      The big difference between the US and the UK schools Barry, is that here, if I choose to put my kids in a Jewish school, that school isn’t going to require me to suddenly start covering my hair, stop watching TV, or question whether I am shomer Shabbat….


  2. Other Sis
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 15:20:12

    You two!


  3. A. Nonnee Moose
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 10:59:13


    First, I can’t imagine that it is absolute that a public school will not admit your child without records and that at the same time it would be legal for a private school to withhold records for any reason whatsoever. Do some more research if you can and I am sure you will either find a way to get your children admitted without the records or find a way to compel Hillel to release your kids’ records. You may want to also call your congressman or other local government representative – their staffs deal with just these types of situations all the time and can be quite persuasive.

    Second, I would think that the manner in which you are being treated right now by Hillel would make you question whether it is those same “values” that you want your children to be exposed to by sending them to Hillel. It is ironic, in the saddest sort of way, that a Yeshiva, an institution whose very existence is for the purpose of teaching our children Torah values, treats the parents of those children in a fashion that is nothing short of the antithesis of those values. Has this seeming hypocrisy given you second thoughts about sending your children to Hillel?


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