Students at Stern Hebrew High School, the only Modern Orthodox high school in the Greater Philadelphia area, divide their day equally between rigorous college prep courses and intensive Judaic studies. Community service and co-curricular activities are woven into Stern's program of study. The curriculum challenges and educates students intellectually, spiritually and ethically in a vibrant and caring school environment. Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, head of school, notes that "Modern Orthodox students have one foot in the secular world and one foot in the halachic world of Jewish law and tradition; and the bridge connecting these realms is community service."The late Harry Stern, grantor of the Stern Foundation and the school's founding chairman, "envisioned the school as a way to strengthen the community," notes [Jerry Stern], explaining that "we hope that families will educate their children in the community, and that these students will ultimately make their home in the Philadelphia Jewish community."[Atara Eis, Stern] believes that Modern Orthodoxy "doesn't reject the secular world, but shares its wisdom through the unique lens of Torah and halacha." And just as women in secular society have seen advances, says Eis, "so, too, women can advance our understanding of Judaism."