Message from Our Head of School


SHALOM, Welcome to Oakland Hebrew Day School!

Our school fosters a love of learning and a growth of spirit in our students and families. Oakland Hebrew Day School is a community of learners involving students, faculty, and parents in the educational journey. We provide a nurturing and respectful environment where our students are inspired to explore and discover. Our focus is on the whole child in that we help each student reach his or her individual potential.

We create a second home for our students and their families and fulfill a promise to engage the next generation of Jews in the highest quality of general and Judaic studies while deepening their love and commitment to their rich heritage and to the State of Israel. Our students are developing skills to think critically, whether in our math, science or Judaic studies programs. Oakland Hebrew Day School values and encourages conceptual thinking, creativity, curiosity, imagination, and collaboration. Our school is rich in both the performing and material arts which are integrated into our program. We are also a 21st century school integrating technology into our classrooms, preparing our students for the challenges that lie ahead.

We cultivate an environment that promotes self respect, respect of others, and respect of our environment. OHDS students also learn to become responsibly engaged in the Jewish and broader world.

We invite you to walk through our halls and learn about what makes our school so special. Join us for our celebrations, our tefillot, and our performances. We welcome you to become active participants in our learning community.

Bathea James
Interim Head of School

What People Say

  • The essence of the education OHDS provides is brilliantly reflected in the character and values of its students and graduates. I can't imagine a better foundation from which to grow and succeed.

    Rochelle Shapell, Parent of two OHDS graduates and OHDS Founding Board Member

  • The OHDS dream unfolds daily through the lives of the school's students and teachers. Every moment at the school is an opportunity to connect, learn, and grow.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • OHDS has become more than a school, it’s our community and neighborhood. The focus on educating the whole child carries over to an investment in the health and welfare of each child, family and staff member.

    Catherine Shachat, OHDS alumni parent and former OHDS Board of Directors President

  • I love the fact that my children begin each day with prayer, engage in deep Torah study, speak Hebrew like an Israeli, and receive an excellent secular education. We appreciate how OHDS embraces every child.

    Elissa Kittner, OHDS parent and President of the Board

  • More than just a school, OHDS is a family, where each student is seen as our crown jewel - each cultivating a personal, passionate and serious Jewish identity and a commitment to join the Jewish journey as life long learners.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • Our children are learning their Judaism from the ground up. There is no ambivalence.

    Judy Chun, OHDS Parent

  • OHDS has already given my children a strong sense of themselves as Jews living Jewish lives. This is no small thing in the modern world.

    Jodi Tharan, former OHDS Parent

  • OHDS students are constantly exposed to the new ways of approaching a variety of subject matters. They are encouraged to think critically and really explore and understand the material that they are learning and the world around them.

    Leslie Edelman, Past President and current Board Member, OHDS parent

  • It's not just about love of Israel and learning Hebrew. Our Kindergartner now sings "G-d bless America" with the same enthusiasm as she does songs about "Apples and Honey" and is recognizing letters and words in both languages.

    Dan Cohen, Former President of the Board of Directors and parent of two OHDS students

  • OHDS is more than a school and more than a community to me. It is really a family. The teachers are so loving and caring. They want each child to succeed with a deep thought of benefiting the whole Jewish community.

    Adi Yaron Schaker, former OHDS Parent

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