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