Hesped (Eulogy) for my father, Stephen A. Baker, z”l

June 6, 2014/8 Sivan 5774     Soon after the sun rose on the morning of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday commemorating the giving and receiving of the Torah, my beloved father’s soul peacefully departed this world. Just as the Jewish People gathered around Mount Sinai, stepping forward as we have for thousands of years to re-experience… Continue reading Hesped (Eulogy) for my father, Stephen A. Baker, z”l


Our Messy Democracy

4 November 2016  3 Marcheshvan 5777    Shalom Chaverim,   With this election finally coming to an end next week, many of us are feeling a great deal of anxiety, both about the outcome and about what feels like the fragile, if not damaged, state of our country and our democracy. As a high school, we… Continue reading Our Messy Democracy

Weekly Message 5-30-08

May 30, 2008  25 Iyar 5768    Shalom Chaverim,  As we rush to the finish line of the school year, you can feel the energy in the air at Gann. It is a perfect mixture of anticipation of finishing the year (and of summer vacation, of course!), stress around how much work we all have… Continue reading Weekly Message 5-30-08

Weekly Message 4-17-08

April 17, 2008  12 Nissan, 5768    Shalom Chaverim,  This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Facing History and Ourselves dinner, which brought thirteen hundred people together to celebrate Facing History, an inspiring educational organization that is making a significant impact on teachers and schools in Boston, throughout the country and around the… Continue reading Weekly Message 4-17-08

Weekly Message 3-21-08

21 March 2008  Purim 5768  Shalom Chaverim,  Today we celebrate Purim together as a community – praying and reading Megillat Esther, fulfilling the mitzvoth of Matanot L’Evyonim (giving tzedakkah to the poor), Mishloach Manot (giving gifts of food to our friends), and eating a festive meal together. We also bring Exploration Week to a close… Continue reading Weekly Message 3-21-08

Weekly Message 6-5-09

5 June 2009  13 Sivan 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  This week’s Torah Portion, Parshat Naso, describes the census of the Levites and the work of the Levite families in the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). During the final stages of construction, Moshe gives carts and oxen to two of the Levite families to carry materials for… Continue reading Weekly Message 6-5-09

Weekly Message 3-6-09

6 March 2009  10 Adar 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  As we began the third trimester this week, you can feel a transitional energy in school. Still exhausted from the end of the second trimester and drained by the darkness of winter, our students and teachers are turning the corner toward the longer, brighter days of spring,… Continue reading Weekly Message 3-6-09

Weekly Message 2-27-09

27 February 2009  3 Adar 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  This week we entered the Jewish month of Adar with two days of Rosh Chodesh (the festive, first days of the new month) – special tefillot (prayers), singing, funny clothes, and, everyone’s favorite, Rosh Chodesh donuts. While every Rosh Chodesh has a festive character to it, Rosh… Continue reading Weekly Message 2-27-09

Weekly Message 5-7-10

7 May 2010    23 Iyar 5770    Gann Academy was honored to welcome a “rock star” to our school this week. That’s what it seemed like as students surrounded our special guest speaker Tuesday morning, eager to ask just one more question about his life, his world view, and his indomitable spirit. Dr. Terrence Roberts, one… Continue reading Weekly Message 5-7-10

Weekly Message 1-29-10

29 January 2010  14 Shevat 5770  Shalom Chaverim,  Tomorrow is Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat, known as the New Year (or “birthday”) of trees, the first day of the annual cycle of counting the age of trees. This counting originated in order to fulfill the Biblical commandments about when it was permitted to begin… Continue reading Weekly Message 1-29-10