Several years ago, Pardes Jewish Day School decided to establish Hineini, an anti-bullying program, to be proactive about bullying issues taking place nationwide. The faculty and staff became trained in the Olweus (Ol-VEY-us) Bullying Prevention Program, developed and researched by Dan Olweus. Olweus, recognized in the world as a leading expert in the field of anti-bullying, has developed this program for schools to use to improve and maintain a positive social climate. As a Jewish day school, Pardes chose to look at the Olweus program through a Jewish Lens. Hineini meaning Here I Am shows the importance of students standing up for one another.
All homeroom classes meet monthly for a Hineini meeting. The focus of the meeting varies based on grade level. Meeting topics include friendship, leadership, respect, social media, responsibility, etc.
The four goals for our Hineini program are:
We will show kavod (respect) by not bullying others.
We will help others in our kehilah (community) who are being bullied.
We will include others who are left out.
We will tell an adult at school or home if we are bullied or if someone we know is being bullied.