History & Mission

The American Hebrew Academy was founded in 1996 by Maurice “Chico” Sabbah and his wife Zmira who dreamed of creating a school like no other.

The American Hebrew Academy is first ever Jewish school in which teenagers from around the world, from all Jewish backgrounds, could live together and enrich their knowledge of Jewish culture, history and religious practices preparing for college, university, and future positions of leadership in the Jewish community.


In 1999, Sabbah purchased 100 wooded acres with lake-frontage in Greensboro, North Carolina. He envisioned a green campus with the most advanced technologies integrated into every classroom.

By early spring 1999, following a national architectural competition to design the campus, Aaron Green, Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate architect, was commissioned to create the master plan for the campus.

History was made on a quiet morning in March of 2000, when a few select guests were invited to join Chico and Zmira Sabbah for the Academy's groundbreaking ceremony. This was the first time the public was invited to see the visionary plan for the American Hebrew Academy.

On September 10, 2001, the American Hebrew Academy opened its gates to 77 pioneering students, the Halutzim.

During the first year of the Academy’s existence, students and staff endured on-going construction across the campus, as the ecologically designed Jerusalem stone buildings rose from the North Carolina soil.

Today, our students and esteemed faculty enjoy state of the art classrooms, athletic facilities, student housing and state of the art technology in a nurturing but rigorous academic environment rich in Jewish culture, global perspectives, and diversity.

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We are the American Hebrew Academy - the world's only international Jewish college prep boarding school.


We are a community of students, teachers, coaches, parents, administrators, and friends from around the world.
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