SOURCE: Brandeis Hillel Day School

Brandeis Hillel Day School

January 29, 2014 12:51 ET

Brandeis Hillel Day School to Create Two Independent Schools

S.F. and Marin Schools Will Enjoy Self-Government, Closer Connection to Communities

SAN FRANCISO, CA--(Marketwired - January 29, 2014) - On Tuesday, January 28th, the Brandeis Hillel Day School (BHDS) Board of Trustees announced its unanimous decision to create two independent schools from the currently-joined San Francisco and Marin campuses of BHDS. After a transitional school year starting this fall, both campuses look to establish their own governing boards and complete autonomy by the start of the 2015/2016 school year. This change will allow each school increased flexibility in meeting the unique educational needs of their students and communities.

After several months of careful collaboration and consideration between the Board of Trustees and a dedicated group of highly respected community leaders and school leadership, the Board unanimously voted to approve the change at a Board meeting Monday night. 

"Both schools share the same vision of providing an outstanding, values-based education within a diverse Jewish cultural environment," notes Dr. Donald Zimring, Head of School for both BHDS campuses. "But San Francisco and Marin are different communities. By granting each school the freedom they need to respond accordingly, we feel this move will enhance the educational experience at both schools."

Founded in San Francisco in 1963, BHDS opened their second campus in San Rafael in 1978 to address Marin County's need for high quality educational opportunities grounded in Jewish values and traditions. Today, by allowing both schools to self-govern, the Board has granted each campus the critical ability to remain as nimble as possible in achieving their respective goals -- a fundamental element of success for 21st century education.

"This is an exciting time in the evolution of BHDS," adds Karen Kaufman Perlman, Chair of the Board. "Of course the continuity of programming and teaching staff is important to our students and their families, so that will remain a top priority throughout our transition year."

Brandeis Hillel Day School (BHDS) is an independent co-educational school for students in grades K-8 on two campuses -- San Francisco and San Rafael (Marin County). Its mission is to serve the Jewish community by providing children with an outstanding academic program in general and Judaic studies within a dynamic and diverse Jewish cultural environment. To learn more about BHDS, visit

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Andrea Sobel
    BHDS Director of Marketing and Communications
    415/406-1035 ext. 1154