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Our Vision

The vision of San Diego Jewish Academy is to be recognized for the development of leaders in academic, Jewish, and community endeavors, in technology, athletics, and the arts. Our school program encourages each student to find joy and meaning through his/her lifelong pursuit of learning and growth. Our graduates will be builders of vibrant and inclusive communities based on Jewish texts and teachings.

Our Mission

A pluralistic preschool –12th grade school serving the Jewish community, our mission is to further academic excellence, social responsibility, and active Jewish living.

At San Diego Jewish Academy we:
  • Inspire our students to embrace creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking in their learning
  • Instill in our students a deep understanding and respect for the values and insights of Jewish tradition and a love of Israel that will lead them to live lives of Jewish meaning
  • Prepare our graduates to be leaders of integrity, social responsibility, and architects of change

Our Values
Acting in a fair and just manner and being compassionate towards other people

Study, in the broadest sense of the word, that reflects Jewish values, history, and beliefs which are considered the foundation of all learning

Prayer and other ritual mitzvot which connects us with our own spirituality and God

Gemilut Hasadim/Tzedakah
Acts of kindness and righteousness towards our fellow human beings and supporting those in need

Klal Yisrael
Connectedness to one another, our family and the Jewish people Israel

Ahavat Adonai
Love of God

The strong belief that Israel is both a homeland and State for the Jewish people

Head of School Chaim Heller
Chief Financial & Operations Officer Skip Carpowich
Director of School Advancement Rachelle Jagolinzer
Director of Admissions Leslie Cohen Kastner
Head of Lower School Kelley King
Head of Upper School Dr. Anthony Kandel
Director of Early Childhood Center Yael Edelstein
Director of Marketing and Communications Harry Katcher

Jewish Federation of San Diego County
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
California Association of Independent Schools
Ravsak, the Jewish Community Day School Network
North American Association of Jewish High Schools
Avi Chai Foundation
Association of Jewish Libraries
San Diego Consortium of Independent Schools Member

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