On the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish ethical and spiritual values, Milken Community Schools develops students with sharp minds, generous hearts, and kind souls. We value each member of our pluralistic community while we foster a deep connection to Israel, a lifelong dedication to the Jewish people, and a passionate commitment to the service of humanity and the perfection of God's world.
Milken cultivates Judaism as a pluralistic, moral, spiritual, and intellectual way of life that, in the context of community, refines the human being (tikkun atzmi) and repairs the world (tikkun olam). Etched into the walls of Milken’s Beit Midrash (House of Study) is a passage from Pirke Avot which reads: “The world rests on three Pillars: Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Hasadim.”
These pillars are translated as: Learning (head), Service of the Heart or Spiritual Practice (heart), and Deeds of Loving Kindness or Ethical Practice (hands). Within these realms, the school fosters responsible, trusting, and thoughtful Jews who are morally, spiritually, and intellectually grounded and engaged in their love and practice of Judaism.
At Milken, these unique Pillars are understood in the following way: