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

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

Avodah
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

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

Administrators
Head of School Chaim Heller
Chief Financial & Operations Officer Tammi Jones
Director of School Advancement JoAnn Hardy
Director of Admissions Leslie Cohen Kastner
Director of Communications Harry Katcher
Director of Technology Shifra Baltinester
Principal, Golda Meir Lower School Daniel Sussman
Interim Head of Maimonides Upper School Jill Quigley
Dean of Academic Affairs, Maimonides Upper School Steven Kahn
Dean of Faculty/Director of Athletics, Maimonides Upper School Michael Quigley

Affiliations
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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