Storied jewish day schools merge to form new england jewish academy
The Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford and Hebrew High School of New England to form the area’s first pre-kindergarten through are proud to join together as a single school, under a new name: New England Jewish Academy.
Both schools have a storied legacy in the Southern New England area. Founded in 1940, the Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford has impacted many generations. Hebrew High School of New England was created in 1996 to fill the need for an Orthodox high school in this region, and became a standard of academic excellence in Judaic and General Studies. The 2019 merger of these institutions establishes a preschool-grade 12 Modern Orthodox Jewish day school that will help ensure the vitality and growth of this area’s Jewish community.
Dr. Joshua Levisohn served as the Merger Director and is presently the Interim Head of School. “Our goal is to build upon the strengths of each entity to create a school with a unified and forward-thinking curriculum, challenging academics, traditional Judaic studies, and innovative activities designed to nurture the love of learning in a thriving modern Orthodox environment; to help the community create a school that will serve as a role model for other Orthodox day schools in the country in the way that it nurtures the Jewish identity of its students while challenging them to reach their highest academic potential.”
Currently operating in their historic locations, all NEJA students are expected to be integrated onto the West Hartford Campus for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.