We are the foundation.
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:

Portrait of the Graduate

Milken graduates think well, belong to something greater than themselves, and take positive action. Click the image below to learn more.

Torah

(Learning)
Why sharp minds? Sharp minds enable students to exercise freedom and responsibility, attain a dignified livelihood, strengthen the Jewish people, and repair God’s world. At Milken, Torah connotes both general and Jewish studies and how they interact with one another. Students with a deep grounding in the wisdom, values, rhythms, and practices of their own tradition are able to build deep relationships, build communities, and contribute to the world.

Avodah

(Spiritual Practice)
Avodah (spiritual practice) points inwards and outwards, cultivating rich personal identity within larger circles of belonging. At Milken, each person is a vital and irreplaceable part of a greater mosaic, woven from the pluralistic fabric of family, community, peoplehood, Israel, America, humanity, and God. As a Jewish community school, Milken is committed to celebrating the cycles and rhythms of Jewish time and enabling students to engage in traditional, liberal, and experimental forms of spiritual practice. The School helps students develop their own narratives so that they can understand their unique roles within the larger Jewish covenantal story.

Gemilut Hasadim

(Ethical Practice)
Powerful learning (head) requires identity and values, spiritual purpose (heart) and ethical responsibility (hands). We are committed to concretizing values and sanctifying the mundane. Gemilut Hasadim means imitating God through the way one welcomes guests or strangers, visits the sick, or comforts mourners. At Milken, ethical practice occurs in the classroom, the school environment, through community service and social action. Through learning, speech, and deeds, we work to enhance the scope of our responsibility and the depth of our menschlikeit by responding to the dignity of one other and all human beings who are created B’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.

School Information

Saperstein Middle School Campus
    15900 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049  |  Tel 310.903.4800

Upper School Campus
    15800 Zeldins’ Way, Los Angeles, CA 90049  |  Tel 310.440.3500  Fax 310.471.5139
A grade 7 - 12 college preparatory institution located in Los Angeles established on the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish values.