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Derech Eretz Values

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Honor. Courage. Kindness. Community.

דרך ארץ

For us, these four core values lie at the heart of what our school is all about. They provide the foundation for our communal Derech Eretz/דרך ארץ pledge, connecting our students and faculty to each other and to a higher purpose.

As members of the Barrack kehillah (community)/קהילה, our students and faculty pledge to uphold the highest levels of Derech Eretz/דרך ארץ in keeping with our school’s four values:



Being truthful and showing respect

  • To students and adults
  • To the school's building and grounds
  • To our tradition



Courage/Ometz Lev

אמץ לב

Showing strength of heart and courage

  • To act on principle
  • To be an upstander
  • To seek understanding
  • To develop and pursue my own academic and extracurricular interests
  • To resist peer pressure



Showing generosity of spirit

  • To give to others
  • To share what I have readily and generously
  • To be thoughtful, caring, and inclusive
  • To look out for those in need of a kind word or deed



Extending friendship in a spirit of inclusion

  • To celebrate the achievements of others
  • To respect and celebrate our individuality and our diversity
  • To represent my school in positive ways within the larger community

רבי אלעזר בן עזריה אומר, אם אין תורה, אין דרך ארץ; אם אין דרך ארץ, אין תורה

Pirkei Avot 3:17

Rabbi Elazar ben-Azaria teaches, "Without the study of Torah, there can be no Derech Eretz; without Derech Eretz, there can be no Torah.”