Jewish Life at the Academy means so much more: holidays and celebrations together as a diverse and inclusive community.
We believe in actively building a community that is grounded in traditional Jewish texts, that understands the rhythms of Jewish history and that fosters the connectedness of the Jewish people.
The Academy is a diverse community, and Jewish holidays resonate with us all in different ways. The holidays ground us in the spiritual calendar of repentance and redemption; they link us to the historical travels, travails, and triumphs of our people, and they synch us with the cycles of cultivation and harvest at the heart of the natural world. What unites us is our commitment to shaping our year according to the Jewish sense of time and season.
At the Academy, we welcome teenagers from across the spectrum of Jewish life to come and explore their path to undestanding. At the Academy, Modern Orthodox, conservative, Reform, or "just Jewish" students and faculty listen to and learn from another another.
Students from Mexico share their observance with students from the United States, Israel and Russia in a unique environment that honors the diversity of the Jewish people.
During hagim (Jewish holidays), the community comes for hadlakat nerot (candle lighting), t'fillot (religious services), meals, and havdalah. We publicly observe two full days of yom tov for hagim but support students who observe only one day with community service activities.