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Our History

THE BEGINNING

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) was founded in 1966 by a group of parents who felt strongly about having a Jewish day school education for their children. Their goal was to provide an exceptional foundation in both general and Jewish academics to the children of Kansas City. The school, then named Hebrew Academy, opened its doors with 33 students, with Hyman Brand, z”l, serving as the first president.

The school first rented space at Ohev Shalom Synagogue, in Prairie Village, KS, and offered academics for grades K-3. Each year, new grades were added, and by 1973, HBHA had grown to include an Upper School.

FIRST HBHA GRADUATES

In 1976, HBHA proudly graduated its first class with nine seniors, and in 1978, the school took on the name of Hyman Brand, in memory of the great man who had helped ensure its success. Continuing to grow, HBHA moved into a former elementary school located on College Boulevard to accommodate a dramatic increase in student numbers.

HBHA'S FIRST MAJOR MOVE

The property consisted of 7.3 acres of land, including the Louis and Dorothy Cumonow Lower School Building, with 13 classrooms, the Lowenstein Library, the Flo Harris Social Hall, and a kosher kitchen furnished by the HBHA Auxiliary. During the spring and summer of 1984, building additions, including a new kindergarten wing, four Upper School classrooms and a new science laboratory were added.

HBHA MOVES TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CAMPUS

When the Jewish Community Campus building opened in 1988, HBHA moved into the new Campus facility, where it resides today. It was during this move that “Student Families” were created to maintain a strong sense of togetherness among all of the students. Since the younger students were now located on a separate floor from the Upper and Middle School students, the older students wanted to ensure they maintained a connection with students of all ages. Many years later, students still participate in - and grow up with - their special families which contain students of all ages. The families enjoy Shabbat together each week, and participate in a variety of other special activities throughout the year.

Since HBHA moved to the Campus, additions to the school include the beautiful Dan Fingersh Memorial Garden for quiet reflection and outdoor instruction, a new state-of-the art science lab, and a growing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) curriculum to round out the strong academic foundation.

HBHA TODAY

Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, HBHA continues to grow and thrive, with more than 200 students currently enrolled in the school. Today HBHA serves grades K-12, and takes a whole-child approach to teaching its students: developing and maintaining a curriculum that teaches beyond the test to give students what they need to create a path to their own lifetime of success.

 

"It's largely at HBHA that I learned ... that there are many different people living Jewishly, and  that it is incumbent on us to love each other with all of our differences."

 

January 2020
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FT- Grade 5
January 8, 2020

Steamboat Arabia non perishable lunch needed

College Guidance Kick-Off
January 9, 2020 |06:30 PM - 08:00 PM -

Grade 11 and their parents rm 205

Middle School Basketball Away Game
January 9, 2020 |07:30 PM - 08:30 PM -

HBHA vs. Pembroke Hill 7:30pm- 5/6 Boys School Address: 5121 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112 (Pierson Gym)

High School Basketball Away Games
January 11, 2020 |07:00 PM - 09:45 PM -

HBHA vs. Midland Adventist 7:00pm- Girls Varsity 8:30pm- Boys Varsity School Address: 6915 Maurer Rd, Shawnee, KS 66217

PSAT/Pre-ACT Interpretation
January 13, 2020

for grade 10 and their parents Beit Midrash

High School Basketball Away Games
January 14, 2020 |04:30 PM - 07:30 PM -

HBHA vs. Shawnee Mission Christian 4:30pm- Girls JV 5:30pm- Girls Varsity School Address: 4901 Mission Rd, Westwood, KS 66205 HBHA vs. Ozanam 5:00pm- Boys Varsity School Address: 421 E 137t...

FT- Grades 9 & 10
January 15, 2020 |08:30 AM - 02:00 PM -

University Academy non perishable lunch needed

Taste of KIndergarten
January 15, 2020 |06:00 PM - 07:30 PM -

Kindergarten Classroom

High School Basketball Away Games
January 16, 2020 |04:30 PM - 07:30 PM -

HBHA vs. Alta Vista 4:30pm- Girls Varsity 6:00pm- Boys Varsity Address: 1524 The Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64108

HBHA Community Blood Drive
January 17, 2020 |09:00 AM - 03:00 PM -
Middle School Basketball Home Games
January 18, 2020 |07:00 PM - 09:00 PM -

HBHA vs. Metro Academy 7:00pm- 5/6 Boys 8:00pm- 7/8 Boys Location: JCC

HBHA @ Harvesters, Family Event
January 20, 2020 |02:00 PM - 04:00 PM -

No School MLK Day

FT-Grade 4
January 21, 2020 |12:50 PM - 02:00 PM -

To Village Shalom

High School Basketball Away Games
January 21, 2020 |04:30 PM - 07:30 PM -

HBHA vs. Frontier STEM 4:30pm- Girls Varsity 6:00pm- Boys Varsity School Address: 6455 E Commerce Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120

Taste of KIndergarten
January 21, 2020 |06:00 PM - 07:30 PM -

Kindergarten Classroom

Middle School Basketball Away Games
January 22, 2020 |06:00 PM - 08:00 PM -

HBHA vs. Oakhill 6:00pm- 5/6 Boys 7:00pm- 7/8 Boys School Address: 7019 N Cherry St, Gladstone, MO 64118

Geography Bee
January 23, 2020 |11:15 AM - 12:30 PM -
High School Basketball Home Games
January 23, 2020 |04:30 PM - 08:45 PM -

HBHA vs. KS School for the Deaf 4:30pm- JV Girls 5:45pm- Varsity Girls 7:15pm- Varsity Boys

Winter Showcase
January 23, 2020 |07:00 PM - 09:00 PM -

Social Hall

LS STUCO Elections
January 24, 2020 |09:00 AM - 10:00 AM -

conf room C

Middle School Basketball Home Games
January 25, 2020 |07:00 PM - 09:00 PM -

HBHA vs. Pembroke Hill 7:00pm- Middle School Girls 8:00pm- 7/8 Boys Location: JCC

HBHA Science Sunday (for 3-5yr olds)
January 26, 2020 |09:30 AM - 11:30 AM -

HBHA Science Lab and Kdg Classrooms

Driving Risk Awareness for Teens and Parents
January 26, 2020 |10:00 AM - 11:30 AM -

More information at https://bit.ly/2mwF1ts or contact Susie Hurst at susieh@jfskc.org Conf. Room C

Middle School Basketball Away Game
January 27, 2020 |05:00 PM - 06:00 PM -

HBHA vs. Oakhill 5:00pm- Middle School Girls School Address: 7019 N Cherry St, Gladstone, MO 64118

Matmidim Rosh Chodesh Program
January 28, 2020 |08:30 AM - 08:45 AM -

KDG Matmidim Room

High School Basketball Home Games
January 28, 2020 |04:30 PM - 08:45 PM -

4:30pm- JV Girls vs. Shawnee Mission Christian 5:45pm Varsity Girls vs. Independence Home School 7:15pm- Varsity Boys vs. Independence Home School

Middle and Upper School Preview Night
January 29, 2020 |06:30 PM - 08:30 PM -

Beit Midrash & Conf. Rm C

High School Basketball Away Games
January 30, 2020 |04:30 PM - 07:30 PM -

HBHA vs. Crossroads Charter 4:30pm- Boys Varsity 6:00pm- Girls JV Location: Hy Vee Arena 1800 Genessee St, Kansas City, MO 64102

PTO Meeting
January 31, 2020 |08:00 AM - 09:00 AM -

Ram's Cafe

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