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Hebrew Academy Entering New Chapter in its History with Projected New Middle School/High School Complex

For 70 years, the Hebrew Academy, nestled in the heart of Miami Beach on Pine Tree Drive,
has been a cornerstone for educating and inspiring Jewish youth in South Florida. Even with its deep history, the Hebrew Academy has always looked for new and innovative ways to capture its students and community.

Continuing on with this legacy, the Hebrew Academy has launched a $13 million Capital Campaign for a fresh state-of-the-art facility for its Middle School and High School students on the west-side of the current Schwartz-Jacobs Campus. With growing student enrollment, they are getting ready to build a 40,000-square foot complex, designed with the latest 21st Century learning techniques in mind, while remaining flexible for future advances in education. The school enlisted Miami-based firm Zyscovich Architects, who have designed over 200 schools, to spearhead this project.

“With the current needs of the school and recent changes in pedagogy, the Hebrew Academy recognized that new types of learning environments were necessary to accommodate collaboration and innovation,” said Head of Zyscovich Architects' Education Group, Partner and Corporate Vice President, Jose Murguido. “The new educational facility will enhance the programs of the Math, Science, and STEM across all grades, empowering students to become reflective global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values, ready and eager to improve the world we live in.”

The school seeks to add new adaptable learning spaces, progressive science and innovation labs, large hallways for socializing, and floor to ceiling windows. The High School will have a brand new Beit Midrash and a college guidance suite with private rooms where students can quietly work on their college applications. The design provides enhancements to both secular and Judaic studies learning experiences in all areas of the campus. The High School will now be located on the same side of Pine Tree Drive as the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School divisions, making for a more cohesive learning environment.

“Our pioneers founded our school in 1947 with longevity in mind, and this campaign is our opportunity to do our part in strengthening the school for this and for generations to come,” said Head of School, Rabbi Zvi Kahn. “It will ensure the fulfillment of our long-term vision so that our students have the best possible Jewish learning environment to grow.”

So far, the Capital Campaign committee has raised over $6 million, which is enough to begin construction momentarily. Hebrew Academy needs the community’s help in providing students with limitless opportunities to think, explore, create, and become the future leaders of tomorrow. Every contribution is appreciated. For more information, please call 305.532.6421 ext. 110 or email or click here.


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