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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.

Derech Eretz/דרך ארץ - a sense of personal honor and integrity - is a prerequisite for the study of Torah and for membership in the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy community. Each student’s and teacher’s standing at Barrack requires a steadfast commitment to Derech Eretz/דרך ארץ.strong>

Rabbi Elazar ben-Azaria teaches in Pirkei Avot 3:21,

“אם אין תורה אין דרך ארץ, אם אין דרך ארץ אין תורה”

“If there is no Torah, then there can be no Derech Eretz; if there is no Derech Eretz, then there is no Torah.”

As a member of the Barrack קהילה/Kehillah/Community, I pledge to uphold the highest levels of Derech Eretz/דרך ארץ in keeping with our school’s four values:


Honor / Kavod / כבוד

  • Being truthful and showing respect
  • To students and adults,
  • To the school’s building and grounds,
  • To our tradition.


Courage / Ometz Lev / אומץ לבוד

  • 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.


Kindness / Hesed / חסד

  • 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.


Community / Kehillah / קהילה

  • 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.


I pledge that my commitment to this קהילה includes a commitment to דרך ארץ so that I can trust others and be trusted as someone of integrity before my family, my peers, my school and my people.