Israel Education

At OHDS, Israel Education means immersing students in both academic and experiential learning of the language, history, and cultural diversity of the land and people of Israel. The starting point of these studies is the Torah and Jewish heritage as the origin and foundation of our connection to Israel.

Our goal is to foster a sense of responsibility to the State of Israel that is both grounded in broad-based knowledge and fueled by a deep and authentic emotional connection. Ultimately, this kind of comprehensive Israel education is integral to nurturing in each student a well-rounded and proud Jewish identity, as well as to motivating students to contribute to Israel’s continuing evolution and future as a center of the Jewish People.


  1. The diversity inherent in Israeli culture constitutes both a strength and a challenge for the State of Israel.
  2. The Hebrew language is central to the Jewish people.
  3. As Jews, we are engaged with and have responsibility for the Jewish world.
  4. The study of Israel enriches our understanding of the Torah.
  5. The study of Israel strengthens our connection to our heritage and to the Jewish world today.
  6. There is an inherent, traditional connection between the Jewish people and Israel.
  7. Jewish political sovereignty has engendered new challenges and responsibilities for the Jewish people.
  8. Israel had and continues to have a significant impact on the lives of Jews around the world.
  9. Our engagement with the ideals, values and beliefs of the Jewish people gives us the power and insight to help Israel live into its potential.

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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