“I had no idea I could make Reform, secular, Conservative, and Reconstructionist friends. Now I realize there are different ways to feel spiritual and culturally Jewish.” -Ariel Shay, alumna

Jewish Life at the American Hebrew Academy has many dimensions, and one vision: to create a singular Jewish community. At the Academy, we are more than many. We are one.

Jewish Life

Jewish Life

Discover who you are.

You may come from the only Jewish family in your town. Or you may live in a rich Jewish environment. Either way, you'll discover more about yourself at the American Hebrew Academy. And you'll learn about the privilege and responsibility of becoming one of tomorrow's Jewish leaders. You will gain greater understanding about who you are as a Jew and greater knowledge and respect for the diversity of Jews the world over.

Heart. Mind. Body. Soul.

An American Hebrew Academy education prepares you for every challenge in life. We inspire you to find your place in the continuity of the Jewish people. Each time you take part in a Shabbat service or lead morning prayers … when you play your heart out on the soccer field … or when you create spectacular pottery for an art show … you'll become closer to your community, your faith, and your people.

Your sense of growing Jewish identity takes center stage daily. You'll study Hebrew. You'll discover more about your Jewish identity through Judaic classes and an abundant variety of Jewish cultural, religious, and values programming. You'll also have fun doing so while you live and learn with Jewish teenagers just like you from around the world.

We believe that high school students thrive in a place that engages their convictions and their intellect, with traditional and innovative approaches to prayer, practice, and peoplehood.

We believe that Jewish families from all over the world deserve a place where their children’s traditions, histories, and cultures flourish within a global Jewish environment.

We believe that a Jewish community based on life-long friendships, unforgettable experiences, and a sacred connection to Israel and the Jewish people inspires young people in the pursuit of justice (צדק) and the repair of the world (תקון עולם).

We believe that the Jewish world in the 21st century needs educated and sophisticated young leaders who honor both the diversity of Jewish beliefs and the commonalities that bring us together as a people.

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