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Lighting the Future: A Chanukah Celebration of Generations at Hebrew Academy

As the final candles of Chanukah were lit on the Hebrew Academy Campus in Orange County, California, an air of anticipation and wonder enveloped our school community, weaving together the joyous spirit of Chanukah with a profound journey through time and tradition.

It began in the second-grade classroom, a space transformed into a time capsule. Our young learners, just starting their 'Smiles for Seniors' mitzvah project, were graced with a visit from two remarkable centenarians – Mr. Joe Alexander and Dr. Jacob Eisenbach. Their arrival, a short yet symbolic trip on our school's golf cart, was like traveling across decades, bridging years with youthful curiosity.


A different kind of chorus took shape in the classroom, a place u… Read More »

A Community United in Light: A Memorable Chanukah at Hebrew Academy

A Community United in Light: A Memorable Chanukah at Hebrew Academy


As the last flickers of the Chanukah candles light up the nights, our hearts at Hebrew Academy Community Day School remain strong and bright. This year, our menorah lighting transcended tradition; it became a vibrant celebration of our wonderfully diverse community.


The Value Circle of the Hebrew Academy Community Day School echoed with laughter and chatter, bringing together bright young students, dedicated teachers, proud parents, and long-standing supporters. Each evening, as we gathered to light the menorah, there was a palpable sense of unity and warmth, a reminder of the strength and spirit of our community and the unique place we hold in the hear… Read More »

What ignites the spirit of a Hebrew Academy's modern-day Maccabee?

As the flicker of Chanukah candles pierces the winter darkness, it reminds us of the Maccabees' ancient triumph. But at Hebrew Academy of Orange County, California, the flame of the Maccabee spirit is not just a once-a-year marvel; it's a daily inspiration that fuels our unique educational journey. Each lesson and project—like puzzle pieces—reveal a vibrant and real opportunity for learning, identity, and courage.


The Puzzle of Physics and Faith:

In our Middle School, a dreidel isn’t merely a spinning top used for remembering the Chanukah story—it’s a gateway to discovery. Our students delve into the mysteries of gravity, force, and momentum to engineer dreidels that spin longer, balancing the pull… Read More »

Thank You, Hebrew Academy Parents! Together, Look What We’ve Done.

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Tiny hands gripping his lunch box, a young boy walks alongside his Abba, stepping into the Hebrew Academy campus in Huntington Beach. It feels like a typical scene of a child embarking on his first day of kindergarten – a journey marked by new beginnings, nervous smiles, and the promise of new friendships.

But this is October, and for this family, it’s a first day unlike any other. Amidst the backdrop of a country in turmoil, this is not just the start of a school year; it’s a search for normalcy in a life disrupted by the chaos and uncertainty in their homeland, the land of Israel. This day carries the weight of hope for a peaceful refuge and the promise of stability.

The Hebrew Academy community rises to mee… Read More »

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