A Day in the Life of Rabbi Harwitz


Here Rabbi Harwitz is seen having a friendly conversation with some of the students. (Jacob Saltzman/The Weber RamPage)

Students and faculty see Rabbi Harwitz around the school everyday, but many do not know know about the details of his busy schedule.

What time do you get up at in the morning?

I get up between 5:30 and 6 in the morning and arrive at school depending on my meeting schedule.

What do you normally eat for breakfast? 

I eat a very light breakfast, either a piece of fruit or cheese with almonds and lots of Fuji water.

What time do you normally get to Weber?

Usually early in the morning because I have meetings. When I arrive, I speak with Ms. Van Dyke and Ms. Klingensmith.

What sorts of tasks do you do in the morning?

Usually meetings. I check my email before I get to school because I like to speak with students and colleagues once I arrive.

When you eat lunch, do you normally eat with teachers in the cafeteria, or do you get takeout? 

I’d say 98% of the time, I eat lunch around the school to be able to interact with students and teachers. It’s the one time of the day where everyone is together and I enjoy that.

What type of activities go on in your block 4 class? 

It’s been an experimental class. It’s small and it’s one I offered at the last minute. It’s traditional Jewish study with focus on Hebrew language. The students and I together have experimented ways to learn the language and the material to be effective and inspiring for them.

How late do you stay at Weber?

This depends on the day. I rarely leave before 6 p.m, but sometimes my meetings will continue up to 10 p.m.

How do you spend your evening with your family? 

Most evenings I go home too late to socialize and see my friends and community. My niece and my nephew are very important to me along with my parents and siblings. I make sure to speak with them at least once a week.  

What time do you go to bed? 

Again, this depends upon the day. I need time to unwind. I relate to students in that I would like to stay up late – but usually force myself to bed by 11:00 p.m.

Lastly, what is your favorite part of the day? 

Each day, a number of times when I walk around Weber, I can see our unique learning community expressed in the classroom. There is joy in the air. Information is not merely being imparted, but the learning experience fosters relationships between students and teachers and builds community. I experience these moments everyday which comprise my favorite part of the day.

Rabbi Harwitz was a very fun person to interview. He showed signs of generosity, honesty and just a deep sense of careness and humility. It was a great experience. It is also important to note that Rabbi Harwitz was very excited to finally be in The RamPage.