From the Head of School
When The Abraham Joshua Heschel School was founded in 1983, a new model of Jewish day school was created. Named after one of the great Jewish leaders, teachers, and activists of the twentieth century, The Heschel School opened with a commitment to creating a pluralistic Jewish community dedicated to the values that characterized Rabbi Heschel’s life: intellectual exploration, respect, integrity, love of the Jewish people and tradition, and a commitment to social justice.
Today, from Nursery through Grade 12, our approach to education, pluralism, and our concern for students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development continue to inform our daily interactions in our school community. Across our curriculum, we foster academic excellence, as well as a love of learning and exploration. Our program emphasizes critical thinking and supports the diverse talents of our student body.
All of us involved in the work of The Heschel School strive to cultivate the spiritual lives of our students and nurture their commitment to Jewish life. We help them understand and respect a range of Jewish practice, and we encourage them to embody these traditions in the way they live their lives as citizens of a diverse world community. We also engage our students in a meaningful relationship with the language, culture, land, and people of the State of Israel.
I hope that this website will begin to introduce you to the Heschel School, and all of us at Heschel look forward to meeting you when you visit the school to experience the culture and philosophy that are the hallmarks of a Heschel education.
Head of School