STUDENT FAMILIES & SCHOOL-WIDE CELEBRATIONS

One highlight of the HBHA experience is our Student Family program. The program groups students from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.  Each group contains one-to-two students per grade into a Student Family. Each family is named after an Israeli city, and students stay with their Student Family throughout their years at HBHA. One of the most incredible experiences is watching these students grow from being a learner in their younger years to emerging as an important Student Family leader during their Middle and Upper School years.

Student Families meet throughout the year during:

TASTE OF SHABBAT
The entire school gathers in HBHA’s social hall on Friday mornings for this program, where each Student Family sits together, recites blessings, discusses the weekly parshat, and then sings and dances to music. This weekly time together is a wonderful way for Student Family members to connect and bond with each other during this experiential Jewish observance.

HOLIDAYS
Student Families meet in individual classrooms for learning activities related to a Jewish or secular holiday. The activities are created by the Upper School Student Council and then taught and lead by the other Upper School students with assistance from the family's faculty adviser. Family holiday programs have included, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Tu B’shvat, Martin Luther King Day, Purim, Pesach, and Yom Ha’atzmaut.
 
Founded in 1966, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s mission is to prepare students for fulfilling lives as Jews and as honorable and contributing citizens.