Hillel Torah Participates in JUF’s Partnership Together Program

This school year, Hillel Torah Day School is participating in JUF’s Partnership Together Chicago, Kiryat-gat, Lachish Shafir, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel that links communities in the Diaspora with communities in Israel. 

Through this program, a pilot group of sixth grade students from Hillel Torah, led by Judaic studies teacher Lior Kakon, will “twin” with sixth grade Israeli students from Even Shmuel, a community located in the Negev. In this year-long partnership, the students from each community will get to know one another and learn about life in the other’s community. 

Hillel Torah students will speak in Hebrew and Even Shmuel students will speak in English. Mrs. Kakon has been working closely with teachers from Even Shmuel to build lessons that integrate Hillel Torah’s academic goals of improving Ivrit skills and the cultural goals of a commitment and connection to Medinat Yisrael and learning about Israel on a personal level. The student meetings will begin in January. 

This partnership also aligns with Hillel Torah’s school theme this year of Connect the Dots מחוברים ,providing students with an even stronger connection to Israel.


Rabbi Menachem Linzer currently serves as the head of school/principal at the Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie, Illinois. Previously, he served as associate principal at the SAR Academy in Riverdale, New York, and as a rebbe, advisor and Israel programs coordinator at the Ramaz High School. Menachem graduated with a BA in Physics from Yeshiva College and a master of science in secondary education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He studied for a number of years in yeshivot in Israel including Yeshivat Har Etzion, Yeshivat Sha'alvim and at the Gruss Kollel, and he received his smichah from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.