Photos courtesy of Hillel Day School

Nearly 500 supporters of Hillel Day School attended the Annual Gala June 2 at the Farmington Hills school. Honorees included Joy and Allan Nachman, and Reneé and Craig Erlich for their dedication to Hillel and the Jewish community. Steve Freedman, outgoing and longest-serving head of school, was named an honorary alumnus for his 16 years of service.

The Erlichs, whose three children are Hillel alumni, said, “As our children learned, we learned. Hillel provided us a sense that we were part of a community.”

Adin Victor, a graduating eighth-grader, said, “Hillel is a second home. Like home, it teaches us the essentials: Derech eretz, Torah, problem-solving, empathy.”

Allan Nachman, whose children attended Hillel and whose grandchildren are current students, said, “The Jews have survived persecution for 5,000 years. Schools like Hillel ensure Judaism continues in each generation.”