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A PLURALISTIC, COLLEGE PREPARATORY JEWISH DAY SCHOOL FOR GRADES 6-12.

Derech Eretz Pledge

Our Derech Eretz Pledge, prepared by a committee of students and faculty, provides the foundation for the learning environment at Barrack. This pledge clearly defines standards of human relationships and behavior, with specific expectations for students, faculty and staff. The following Derech Eretz Pledge is for students. Click here for a PDF version.

Note: Click here to read the Derech Eretz Pledge within the context of the Philosophy & Goals of the school.


Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah teaches, “Without the study of Torah, there can be no Derech Eretz; without Derech Eretz, there can be no Torah.” (Pirke Avot 3:21)


As a member of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy community, I pledge a commitment to studying Torah, to practicing its morals and values, and to demonstrating Derech Eretz with these six values:

Humility
Anava
Modesty
Tzniut
Honor
Kavod
Honesty
Yosher
Community
Kehilla
Fellowship
Hevruta

 

Anavah and Tzniut – Humility and Modesty:

  • Striving to act with a sense of humility on and off campus
  • Accepting and giving constructive criticism with humility
  • Speaking and dressing appropriately and modestly
  • Accepting honors and enjoying success with modesty

 

Kavod and Yosher – Honor and Honesty:

  • Speaking truthfully about myself
  • Honoring and respecting the Barrack school buildings and grounds
  • Honoring and respecting people in our school: fellow students, faculty, staff, and visitors
  • Honoring and respecting the pluralistic mission of our school
  • Completing homework, assessments and major assignments with honesty
  • Continuing to act with honesty and integrity even in the face of peer pressure

 

Kehilla and Hevruta – Community and Fellowship:

  • Affirming and supporting others in their successes and challenges
  • Participating as a positive member of a team in classroom group projects, in projects undertaken by my graduating class, in the arts and in athletics
  • Accepting diversity and extending friendship in a community represented by different religious outlooks, races, sexual orientations and gender expressions
  • Making the community safer by taking action instead of being a passive bystander
  • Participating in the spiritual life of the Barrack community through prayer or through other kinds of reflection about my own words and deeds

 

This pledge has been affirmed by the students of Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.
Fall 2012 / 5773