Brandeis Hillel Campuses in Marin and S.F. Agree To Split

This article was first published in JWeekly.

Brandeis Hillel Day School on Brotherhood Way in San Francisco photo/courtesy bhds

Brandeis Hillel Day School on Brotherhood Way in San Francisco photo/courtesy bhds

The San Francisco and Marin campuses of Brandeis Hillel Day School have decided to end their formal relationship and split into two independent schools.

The board of trustees announced last week that the campuses would separate fully by the 2015-2016 school year, following more than a year of transition.

The unanimous decision by the BHDS board on Jan. 28 came after several months of consideration with a group of community and school leaders in Marin, called the Marin Working Group.

“The underlying issue is that the two campuses operate in two different markets,” explained Marc Dollinger, a former BHDS parent and board chair and the organizer of the Marin Working Group. “Marin has strong public schools and weaker Jewish identity, while San Francisco has weak public schools and more Jews.”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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