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Reflecting on an Amazing Year at Hebrew Academy

Reflecting on an Amazing Year at Hebrew Academy

As the school year draws to a close, we at Hebrew Academy are filled with pride and gratitude for the incredible journey we have shared with our students, families, and community. This year has been a testament to our commitment to providing an exceptional values-based education that nurtures curiosity, fosters innovation, and builds a strong community. We would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the remarkable highlights that made this year so special.

Academic Excellence and Innovation

At Hebrew Academy, we pride ourselves on rigorous academic programs that challenge and inspire our students from a young age. In the lower school, we focus on building a solid foundation for lifel… Read More »

A Journey Through History: Our 4th and 5th Graders Explore Sacramento

A Journey Through History: Our 4th and 5th Graders Explore Sacramento

At 6:00 am, excited students and tired parents gathered in the Hebrew Academy parking lot. Luggage, backpacks, sleeping bags, snacks, smiles, and friends were ready to depart on an experience that would bring learning to life. As parents waved goodbye, their children’s faces shone with eagerness and curiosity, ready to dive into California’s rich history at Sutter's Mill and the California state capital, Sacramento.

Hands-On Learning Experiences

This annual field trip is more than just a break from routine; it’s a unique opportunity for our students to engage in hands-on learning. By visiting significant historical sites, our students can see and touc… Read More »

Empowering Young Minds Through Collaborative Learning: Our Middle School PBL Showcase

 

 

Empowering Young Minds Through Collaborative Learning: Our Middle School PBL Showcase

At Hebrew Academy, education goes beyond acquiring knowledge. It’s about fostering a love for learning, nurturing creativity, and building a strong sense of community. Our recent Middle School Project-Based Learning (PBL) Showcase, led by our dedicated English and History Departments, is a shining example of this philosophy in action.

Middle School PBL Presentation 

A Journey Through "Farewell to Manzanar" and Ancient China

Our middle school students embarked on a unique and enriching journey, combining literature and history to explore themes from the book "Farewell to Manzanar" and the ancient civilization of China. This project wa… Read More »

Hebrew Academy Israel Fair: A Celebration of Creativity and Connection

 

Hebrew Academy Israel Fair: A Celebration of Creativity and Connection

A kindergartener sneaks a lick of marshmallow fluff before carefully gluing a pile of cracked graham crackers into a model of the Western Wall. Nearby, the lively sounds of a shuk erupt, complete with vibrant stands and scenes from Machane Yehuda playing on the screen, with fruit stands selling all different types of fruit. Laughter and smiles fill the field as a young student crawls through hula hoops, proudly earning his IDF acceptance badge.

Jewish pride for Israel at Hebrew Academy

Creativity and Engagement at the Israel Fair

Our Israel Fair, created and inspired by our middle school girls, was a hub of creativity and engagement. They skillfully transformed their imaginative ideas into interacti… Read More »

Check Out the Visionary Awards in the Long Beach Chronicle

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We’re thrilled to share that the Hebrew Academy’s Visionary Awards Ceremony was featured in the May-June issue of the Long Beach Chronicle! The article, Honoring Impact at the Hebrew Academy Visionary Awards, gives a beautiful glimpse into the profound and inspiring commitment of Rabbi Peretz and Mrs. Rishi Greenwald to Jewish education. 

The ceremony at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills was a special night where our community came together to celebrate the Hebrew Academy’s incredible journey of fostering Jewish values and unity. This article captures the warmth and impact of Rabbi and Mrs. Greenwald’s work with the students, families, and everyone involved.

Take a look at the full article in the Lo… Read More »

Breaking Free: Embracing Limitless Learning at Hebrew Academy

As we return to Hebrew Academy following Passover, our spirits are imbued with the profound essence of freedom, a theme deeply woven into the fabric of this ancient festival. Just as Passover celebrates the Israelites' emancipation from the confines of Egyptian slavery, it invites us to reflect on the limitations we overcome in our pursuit of knowledge and personal growth.

Imagine the moment when the sea parted, offering a path of escape and the promise of a new beginning. Each day in our classrooms mirrors this miraculous passage: students breaking through barriers to discover clarity, teachers guiding them across the tricky terrains of complex theories and challenging texts. Together, we journey towards intellectual and spiritual liber… Read More »

Hebrew Academy's Continuing Quest for Knowledge

As the moon danced across the sun, casting a rare shadow upon the earth, the entire Hebrew Academy campus was aflutter with anticipation. This was no ordinary school day in Orange County, California. It was a day when the heavens would align to offer a living classroom under the sky, a perfect setting for a school committed to kindling the flames of curiosity and wisdom. 

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In anticipation of the eclipse, Hebrew Academy's educators meticulously crafted lesson plans. Science intertwined with history, mathematics mingled with religious significance, ensuring that students wouldn't just watch the eclipse but would comprehend its grandeur. As they gathered, teachers and students alike, the campus transformed into an observatory, where eve… Read More »

Unleashing Imagination Through Words at Hebrew Academy

Poetry and Pastries 

Early Thursday morning, Hebrew Academy Community Day School’s first-grade classroom was abuzz with excitement as our young students gathered for the much-anticipated annual Poetry & Pastry event. Amidst the sweet aroma of pastries, the air was filled with laughter, learning, and the poetic rhythm of children’s voices. They brought to life the whimsical words of Shel Silverstein and shared their imaginative verses, turning the day into a vibrant celebration of creativity.

Poetry in First Grade: A Journey Beyond Words

In the heart of our first-grade curriculum lies the magical world of poetry, intricately woven into our reading, writing, and literacy endeavors. Aligned with the California Common Core State Standar… Read More »

Digital Footprint: Navigating the Virtual World with Integrity at Hebrew Academy

The Hebrew Academy shul transformed into a hub of interactive learning as Dr. Eli Shapiro, Ed.D, LCSW, the creator and director of The Digital Citizenship Project, posed a seemingly simple task to our upper school students through a live Zoom connection—fold one piece of paper neatly and intentionally and take another and crumple it.

2.jpgAs the two contrasting papers lay before them, Dr. Shapiro spoke about the importance of digital behavior and how impulsivity and disinhibition can negatively affect our digital interactions. Dr. Shapiro had the students read about the Harvard acceptance that was rescinded to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded inappropriate memes and messages that targeted min… Read More »

A Windy Day on the Silk Road: Real Adventures at Hebrew Academy

On a day when the winds roared through Orange County, the Hebrew Academy Community Day School's backfield transformed into the historic Silk Road for an unforgettable lesson in real-world learning. Under the guidance of Ms. Zahoryin, our middle school students didn't just step outside; they stepped back in time, becoming traders on the bustling trade routes that once linked China to Europe. As the wind whipped around them, mirroring the harsh conditions ancient traders might have faced, our students were immersed in a hands-on experience that brought the past to life.

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The students, bundled against the wind, navigated their way through trading simulations, their voices carrying over the fields as they bartered goods. Far from being a m… Read More »

Unicorns, Rainbows, and Numbers: A Journey of Joyful Discovery in Kindergarten

Little kindergarten fingers hover over a colorful array of mini erasers before carefully selecting ten unicorns and one rainbow. This deliberate choice marks the beginning of an interactive math lesson in which learning deeply intertwines with play and exploration. It’s only 9:00 am, yet the Hebrew Academy kindergarten classroom is already alive with the sounds of discovery and collaboration, and every eraser is a treasure waiting for them to explore.

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This young boy is particularly engrossed. The erasers he has chosen are not just for play but serve as concrete representations of the numbers that dance in his imagination. With each eraser meticulously lined up, he embarks on a journey from the physical to the intellectual, translat… Read More »

A Journey of Resilience and Belonging: Teacher Angela's Inspiring Story

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In the heart of the Orange County community, where the echoes of the Hebrew Academy’s history and hope intertwine, lies a story that transcends boundaries and speaks to the core of what we stand for. It's the story of “Teacher” Angela, a courageous mother and esteemed educator whose journey from the shadows of Tehran to the empowering classrooms of our school community encapsulates the transformative power of faith, identity, and education.

Angela's narrative is not just about the physical migration across continents; it's a testament to the indomitable spirit of a family seeking a place to proudly declare, "I’m Jewish, and I’m proud." Her path from fear to freedom, from silence to song, em… Read More »

A Living Museum of Mitzvahs: Hebrew Academy’s Gift That Keeps On Giving

 Walking through the gates of Hebrew Academy on Mitzvah Day, one might be mistaken for thinking they've entered an exhibition hall. Here, though,  the vibrant displays are not just for show—they're gateways to real-world impact. With Classrooms transformed into interactive exhibits and students empowered as docents, guiding visitors through empathy, learning, and action, it was clear that this was not just a day celebrating community service. It showcased how academic skills and compassion can fuse to create a meaningful impact. 

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The program begins not with the ringing of a bell but with the hum of excited voices. Kindergarten students gathered around a colorful array of books, each volume a seed of imagination… Read More »

Hebrew Language Immersion: A Journey from Preschool to High School at the Hebrew Academy

As the morning light filters through the windows of the Hebrew Academy, a chorus of young voices rises in unison. The sounds of Ivrit, the Hebrew language, echo through the halls, from the playful tunes in the preschool to the sophisticated debates in the high school classrooms. It's here, within these walls, that a journey of language and culture begins, a journey that is both personal and communal, led by a team of passionate educators.

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In preschool and Kindergarten, where the seeds of language are first planted, the classroom buzzes with activity. Even our youngest students, wide-eyed and eager, absorb Hebrew through songs, stories, and games. They learn naturally and joyfully, with each word a new world to explore. "Lang… Read More »

Join the Party: What Makes The Hebrew Academy Celebration Special

Are you ready for a Purim celebration unlike any other?

As the vibrant colors of Purim begin to unfurl around us, we are thrilled to extend an open invitation to our annual Purim celebration. It’s more than just a festive gathering; it’s a celebration of who we are as individuals and a vibrant community.

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The Heart of Purim

Purim isn't just another date on the calendar; it's a time-honored tradition that embodies the spirit of unity, joy, and triumph. It’s when we share stories, laughter, and the kind of happiness that only comes from being part of a community that cares.

More Than Just Fun

Yes, there will be masquerades, games, and various festive activities, but the chance to connect makes our Purim celebr… Read More »

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