Perfecting Every Bite and Every Mind: Hebrew Academy's Educational Approach

Wednesday, 22 November, 2023 - 2:53 pm

Chanie's Famous Turkey Recipe:

Imagine the aroma of a Thanksgiving turkey, golden and savory, the centerpiece of our feast. But it’s not just any turkey—it’s Chanie Perelmuter’s, prepared with a tradition of love and a sprinkle of innovation. 

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Here’s how she does it: 

The turkey is lavishly coated with duck sauce for a tangy sweetness, then baked to a tender midpoint (Approximately 11/2 hours). Once cooled, it's carefully sliced. Each piece, assessed for its unique level of doneness, is placed into separate tins. Chanie's approach ensures that each slice comes out succulent and perfectly cooked when the turkey returns to the oven. It's a meticulous process, but the result is a universally perfect meal that caters to every preference at the table.


The Educational Parallel:

This thoughtful approach in the kitchen is a mirror of our educational method. At Hebrew Academy, we see the individuality in each student, much like Chanie sees in each slice of turkey. We understand that one-size-fits-all doesn't work for learning, just as it doesn't for cooking. So we adapt, giving each child the time and the environment they need to flourish, guided by the age-old Torah wisdom of Chanoch Lenaar Al Pi Darko—educate a child in their own way.


A Thanksgiving Tradition Revisited:

A 1988 photograph in our yearbook captures a special Thanksgiving moment at Hebrew Academy Preschool. In it, young Esther and her classmate are engaged in festive activities. At the same time, our beloved Chanie Perelmuter diligently prepares the Thanksgiving turkey, a ritual she lovingly repeats yearly.


Continuing the Legacy:


Today, Chanie's commitment to creating the perfect Thanksgiving feast remains unchanged. She still meticulously prepares the turkey, now witnessed by a new generation of eager learners. Among these young faces is Esther's daughter, proudly holding her Thanksgiving placemat and napkin rings. This scene is not just a repetition but a renewal of a long-standing tradition. Esther's daughter, participating in the same hands-on learning environment her mother once enjoyed, symbolizes the continuity of our school's values and the enduring impact of our educational approach.


Our Promise 

Hebrew Academy Preschool and Community Day School are bonded by this promise: to recognize and respect each student's unique learning journey. Our logos represent more than institutions; they symbolize a commitment to educational excellence that celebrates the individuality of each learner.


As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, let us reflect on the many ways Hebrew Academy nurtures not just academic skills but also the individual spirits of our students. Just like Chanie's perfectly prepared turkey, our students are given what they need to succeed—each in their own time and way. 


Join us in fostering a community where every child can and does shine.


Explore a World of Early Learning Excellence at Hebrew Academy Preschool. Discover our innovative preschool programs, nurturing environment, and unique educational philosophy that sets the foundation for lifelong learning. 


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Discover the Path to Academic and Personal Success at Hebrew Academy Community Day School. Learn about our comprehensive K-12 curriculum, commitment to individualized education, and how we prepare students for a bright future. 


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