Our Amazing Alumni: Where Are We Now?
We are so very proud of our 219 OHDS alumni, starting with our first class in 2001 to our most recent graduates! Their stories and accomplishments are varied and extraordinary.
Forty two of our students, classes 2016-2019, are currently in high school with 22 students (52%!) attending the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 10 at their local public school, 4 local private school, 3 out of state, 2 in Israel, and 1 at Meira Academy. We cannot wait to watch them continue their journey into adulthood and beyond.
We have 177 adult alumni who graduated from OHDS, classes 2001-2015. These alums ages 18-32+ have done incredible things in their years since OHDS. Nearly all of our alumni go on to 4 year colleges and universities, either directly from high school or after taking a gap year in Israel or other international studies and experiences. They have majored in and secured top notch degrees in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and the gamut of social and political sciences. Alumni and their proud parents regularly thank us for providing an exceptional education in both general and Judaic studies and for giving them the tools to access the richness of their Jewish heritage as lifelong learners. Our alumni continue their Jewish experiences in a myriad of ways including serving on the boards of Jewish youth groups, getting involved with AIPAC, and starting Jewish student clubs in high schools and in college.
Hi! My name is Hannah Lyon and I graduated from OHDS in 2014. I am currently studying at Brandeis University and I also enjoyed a gap year in Israel. The gap program I chose was Midreshet Emunah V'Omanut in Jerusalem, a school which combined visual and musical arts with Torah learning and chesed. What an incredible experience! Living in my favorite city on earth and learning Torah every day, as well as cultivating my music, was all I could have asked for. Being just a half an hour walk away from the Kotel, experiencing and integrating into Israeli life, inspired me to hopefully make aliyah after college and join my parents, who made aliyah to Maalot-Tarshisha in August of 2018. I was able to meet people from all over the world, creating connections for college, and I made some of my best friends for life.
OHDS instilled in me a deep love of Israel and Judaism. I greatly miss the amazing community that OHDS provided, the close connections with the teachers, and the friendships with peers that I have to this day.