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


Jewish Educational Learning with Soul

What does it take to make truly transformative Jewish education? Rabbi Marc Baker argues that leadership and education are moral and spiritual endeavors that require constant self-examination and improvement. Reflecting on his work at the Gann Academy, Rabbi Baker discusses how Mussar teachings can be incorporated into the curriculum for both students and teachers in… Continue reading Jewish Educational Learning with Soul

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

Two Minutes Matter—A Yom Kippur Reflection

7 October 2016 5 Tishrei 5777    Shalom Chaverim,   In the spirit of Yom Kippur and this season of teshuva—reflection, introspection, and repentance—I want to share one way that I recently missed the mark (probably the best translation for the Hebrew word for “sin”) as Head of School and what I learned from it.   Last… Continue reading Two Minutes Matter—A Yom Kippur Reflection

All The World’s A Text

16 September 2016  13 Elul 5776   Shalom Chaverim,   In just these first two weeks of school, I have observed many examples of teaching and learning, sports, arts, student leadership, and Jewish life that remind me why Gann is such an extraordinary community and example of what a high school should do.   During our faculty-staff… Continue reading All The World’s A Text

Weekly Message 6-6-08

June 6, 2008  3 Sivan 5768    Shalom Chaverim,  There is something powerful about final exam week. Our students enter a different mode of learning that is intense and at times anxiety provoking, yet pushes them to stretch themselves as they review, recover, and discover all they have learned this year. Walking through the school… Continue reading Weekly Message 6-6-08

Weekly Message 5-16-08

May 16, 2008  11 Iyar 5768    Shalom Chaverim,   All week I look forward to Friday night, in particular to Shabbat dinner with my family. With three small children, we rarely go out and we usually reserve this precious time for our immediate family to be together. Over a year ago, in order to involve… Continue reading Weekly Message 5-16-08

Weekly Message 11-2-07

11 2 07    Shalom Chaverim.     What a week of sports this has been! Yesterday, both our boys' and girls' varsity soccer teams won league championships when they defeated The Waring School in penalty kicks at the end of the game. It was truly a great day for the Gann athletic program and… Continue reading Weekly Message 11-2-07

Weekly Message 6-12-09

12 June 2009     20 Sivan 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  Today our school year culminates with the last day of final exams for our ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students. Meanwhile, our seniors have spent their last week of Gann Academy bonding at a two-day off-site retreat, working hard each day on their graduation ceremony, and finally,… Continue reading Weekly Message 6-12-09

Weekly Message 12-5-08

5 December 2008 8 Kislev 5768  Shalom Chaverim,  Addressing our community at hakhel (morning assembly) on Tuesday morning was bittersweet. With open arms and open hearts, our community celebrated the return of half of our Junior class from their trimester in Israel. For the first time this year, our Beit Midrash was standing room only,… Continue reading Weekly Message 12-5-08