Who We Are
- Parent Category: AboutUs
- Published on Friday, 18 June 2010 02:50
Welcome to our Atlanta Jewish Academy Family!
Atlanta Jewish Academy was incorporated on July 1st, 2014, as a result of the merger of Greenfield Hebrew Academy (GHA) and Yeshiva Atlanta (YA)--the oldest Jewish day schools in Atlanta.
Founded in 1953, GHA has a history of distinction and achievement. GHA was the first Jewish day school in the country to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and it has twice been honored as a National School of Excellence by the Council for American Private Education. GHA has also won the highly respected Jerusalem Prize for exemplary achievement in Zionist and Torah Education, administered by the World Zionist Organization.
GHA's founders fervently believed the timeless values of the Jewish community transcend the differences among denominations. They envisioned and ultimately built a place where Jews could and should respect each other, learn from each other, and work for the community's greater good.
The simplicity and eloquence of their perspective resonates as much today as it did then. It is what we intuitively understand about the school. It is what all of us, board members, teachers and parents, strive for. It encapsulates the vision of the great sage, Hillel, who challenges us in Pirkei Avot (2:6), "In a place where there are no mensches, strive to be a mensch."
Founded in 1971, Yeshiva Atlanta is Atlanta’s oldest co-educational Jewish high school with a remarkable record of academic achievement. YA understands that adolescent growth involves four areas: intellectual, social-emotional, physical, and religious-spiritual. To nurture the well-rounded student, the school promotes participation in sports, fine arts, and service learning in addition to academic excellence. Two-thirds of the student body participates in one or more competitive sports. As a member of Georgia High School Athletic Association, our teams participate in out of state tournaments, and have won championships in basketball, baseball and wrestling. Our wrestling team participates in an annual tournament in New York, and consistently places preforms well. The arts are a part of life at YA: students express their creativity through yearbook, journalism, studio art, AP Art, music electives, the school drama production, and Chagiga, YA’s all-female musical production. YA’s nurturing environment offers many opportunities for students to develop their own identities, both in the secular world and the Jewish community.
YA alumni have been accepted to the top colleges and universities in North America and Israel, go on to careers in many professions, and are committed members of the Jewish community. Before beginning college, many students choose to spend a gap year in Israel at a variety of religious and Zionist programs. Our graduates over the last 40 years are successful adults in the full range of professions, businesses and technologies.
The YA community is a cohesive group whose membership is comprised of twenty-two synagogues in the Atlanta area. While our program takes place in a Modern Orthodox framework, we welcome all students and families who are respectful and accepting of our mission and philosophy.