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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."

 

September 2019
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Matmidim Rosh Chodesh Program
September 3, 2019 |08:30 AM - 08:45 AM -

KDG rm 103A

MS/US Back to School Night
September 3, 2019 |06:30 PM - 08:45 PM -
Cross Country Meet
September 5, 2019 |04:00 PM - 06:00 PM -

SM South Invite High School, followed by Middle School JCCC 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210

Boys Varsity Soccer - Away Game
September 5, 2019 |05:00 PM - 06:30 PM -

vs. KC East Legacy Park Field #5 1501 NE Legacy Park Drive Lee's Summit, MO 64086

FT- Grade10
September 6, 2019 |11:15 AM - 02:00 PM -

WWI Museum

Boys Middle School Soccer - Away Game
September 9, 2019 |05:45 PM - 06:45 PM -

vs. Barstow Barstow 11511 State Line Road Kansas City, MO 64114

Cross Country Meet
September 10, 2019 |04:00 PM - 06:00 PM -

Les Fields Fellowship Run at Swope Park

My First Book Club
September 10, 2019 |04:15 PM - 05:15 PM -

HBHA Library 3-5 year olds and caregiver

Boys Middle School Soccer - Away Game
September 10, 2019 |05:30 PM - 06:30 PM -

vs. Pembroke Hill Pembroke Hill 5121 State Line Road Kansas City, MO 64112

Boys Varsity Soccer - Away Game
September 12, 2019 |04:30 PM - 06:00 PM -

vs. Midland Stump Park 4751 Woodland Drive Shawnee Mission, KS 66218

Design Thinking Parent Workshop
September 12, 2019 |06:30 PM - 09:30 PM -

MAC Room

LS STUCO Elections
September 13, 2019 |01:00 PM - 02:00 PM -

MAC Room

FT-BOTB Students
September 17, 2019 |09:30 AM - 12:00 PM -

Science City

Boys Varsity Soccer - Away Game
September 17, 2019 |05:00 PM - 06:30 PM -

vs. Blue Ridge Yeokum Middle School 613 Mill Street Belton, MO 64012

Cross Country Meet
September 18, 2019 |04:00 PM - 06:00 PM -

Turner Invite High School Only Pierson Park 1800 South 55th Street KCKS 66106 (Shelter 1 near 55th St entrance)

FT- Grades 11 & 12
September 19, 2019 |08:30 AM - 01:15 PM -

to Harvesters

FT - Grades 9 & 10
September 19, 2019 |10:05 AM - 12:45 PM -

to Mitzvah Garden

Boys Varsity Soccer - Home Game
September 19, 2019 |04:30 PM - 06:00 PM -

vs. Ruskin JV Sprint Campus Field 117th & Nall

Boys Middle School Soccer - Home Game
September 19, 2019 |06:00 PM - 07:00 PM -

vs. St. Paul's Sprint Campus Field 117th & Nall

FT-Grade 4
September 20, 2019 |12:50 PM - 02:00 PM -

To Village Shalom

Spirit Week - All School
September 23, 2019

Mon-Pajama Day Tues- Space Day Wed- Disney Day Thurs- Sports Day Fri- Color Wars By Family

Cross Country Meet
September 23, 2019 |04:00 PM - 06:00 PM -

Swope Park Stampede High School & Middle School Swope Park Specific location: TBA

Boys Middle School Soccer - Away Game
September 23, 2019 |05:45 PM - 06:45 PM -

vs. Barstow Barstow 11511 State Line Road Kansas City, MO 64114

Spirit Week - All School
September 24, 2019

Mon-Pajama Day Tues- Space Day Wed- Disney Day Thurs- Sports Day Fri- Color Wars By Family

Boys Varsity Soccer - Home Game
September 24, 2019 |04:30 PM - 06:00 PM -

vs. Midland Sprint Campus Field 117th & Nall

Boys Middle School Soccer - Home Game
September 24, 2019 |06:00 PM - 07:00 PM -

vs. Pembroke Hill Sprint Campus Field 117th & Nall

Spirit Week - All School
September 25, 2019

Mon-Pajama Day Tues- Space Day Wed- Disney Day Thurs- Sports Day Fri- Color Wars By Family

STUCO Lunch
September 25, 2019
Spirit Week - All School
September 26, 2019

Mon-Pajama Day Tues- Space Day Wed- Disney Day Thurs- Sports Day Fri- Color Wars By Family

FT- US to Tucker Leadership Lab
September 26, 2019 |08:30 AM - 01:30 PM -
FT - Grades 6 & 7
September 26, 2019 |08:30 AM - 12:00 PM -

to Agriculture all of Fame

Spirit Week - All School
September 27, 2019

Mon-Pajama Day Tues- Space Day Wed- Disney Day Thurs- Sports Day Fri- Color Wars By Family

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