Israel Trip

At Oakland Hebrew Day School, we are committed to creating an environment where students will deepen their love and commitment to our rich heritage of learning. Our students continuously develop their relationship with G-d, opening themselves to the mysteries and wonders of the world.  Students are devoted to exploring the language, practices, and outlook of the two cultures within which they live. Our students learn to shape Jewish life, create Jewish culture, and contribute to the broader society.

In addition, we teach that the creation of the State of Israel is one of the seminal events in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of the State and its national institutions, we seek to instill in our students an attachment to the State of Israel and its people, as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare.  We are proud and excited to announce that we will be taking our eighth grade annual trip to Israel in May marking our tradition of culminating the OHDS K-8 Jewish educational experience.  This trip is meant to serve as a meaningful testament to what we truly hold valuable and what we teach our students to understand and cherish.

Through this trip, we are certain that we will solidify within our students a culture of caring and a compassionate disposition.  The powerful impact that a trip of this kind can have on our school community and the greater Jewish community as a whole is certain.

Below is a link to last year’s Israel Trip Blog and Itinerary, and photos of Israel Trips from previous years. Our graduates are thrilled to participate in this extraordinary adventure.

2012 Israel Trip Blog

Israel Trip Itinerary 2012

2011 Israel Trip Blog

Photo Gallery of the 2010 Israel Trip

Photo Gallery of the 2009 Israel Trip

Photo Gallery of the 2008 Israel Trip

Photo Gallery of the 2007 Israel Trip

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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