Abraham Joshua Heschel called Shabbat a "Palace in Time" – a sacred space separated from the rest of time to serve a holy purpose. At the American Hebrew Academy it is our goal to create such a Palace in Time for our community.


The Academy is where Jewish life is defined, but never limited.

Jewish Life at the American Hebrew Academy means being able to attend a Shabbat service that feels comfortable or another that might expand your Jewish horizons. On our campus, you can discover the richness of today's Jewish world, guided by leaders from many different denominations, among them our diverse and talented students.

Our goal at the Academy is to create an inviting Jewish life experience for all students. Participation in Jewish life at the Academy is applied universally across the spectrum of our students' home practices, affiliation, and individual predilection. We are committed to offering a range of engaging and authentically Jewish choices for believers and skeptics alike.

At sunset every Friday, students and teachers gather for Shabbat. There are Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv prayers followed by a family-style meal complete with Zemirot (Shabbat singing), Birkat ha-Mazon (grace after meals), and Israeli dancing. Shabbat morning services follow a late wake-up call.

We make sure all students have a Shabbat dinner available that matches their personal kashrut practices, and we strongly encourage them to help with the cooking!

"The most valuable lesson I learned from the Academy was a greater sense of my own personal Jewish identity, an appreciation of pluralism and the uniqueness of others." -Lila Miller, alumna
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