American Hebrew Academy: Religion and Scholarship Together
The American Hebrew Academy is the only Jewish Pluralistic College Prep Boarding School in the United States. The Academy is located on 100 acres at 4334 Hobbs Road in Greensboro, across the street from Temple Emanuel. Here we see a night shot of a small corner of the soccer field fully lit at 10:30 p.m. with students practicing. This sprawling campus is stunning on rolling hills with many beautiful buildings. However, campus security is high with a gatehouse and checkpoint at the only entrance and the entire campus is fenced around the perimeter. We took this picture through the wrought iron fence because it looks so beautiful at night. Next time we feature the campus, we'll go by day and try to get an appointment to go inside.
The school's goal is to develop students' academic potential while helping them learn to become tomorrow's Jewish leaders. Building a sense of community is emphasized. As stated on their website, "(a)t sunset every Friday, students and teachers gather for Shabbat. There are Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv prayers followed by a family-style meal complete with Zamirot (Shabbat singing), Birkat ha-Mazon (grace after meals), and Israeli dancing. Shabbat morning services follow a late wake-up call. Students often lead morning and evening prayer services held every day at the Academy.