Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy

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Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
יְשִׁיבָה קְטַנָּה הִלֵּל
9120 W Olympic Blvd


Coordinates34°3′32.152″N 118°23′24.039″W / 34.05893111°N 118.39001083°W / 34.05893111; -118.39001083Coordinates: 34°3′32.152″N 118°23′24.039″W / 34.05893111°N 118.39001083°W / 34.05893111; -118.39001083
TypeIndependent Jewish Day School
MottoTeach. Empower. Inspire
Religious affiliation(s)Zionist Orthodox Jewish
FounderRabbi Dr. Simon A. Dolgin
NCES School ID00087092[1]
Head of schoolRabbi Y. Boruch Sufrin
GradesParent & Me - 8th grade
Age range6 months-14
EnrollmentApproximately 650
Campus typeUrban
Team nameHillel Hawks
AccreditationCalifornia Association of Independent Schools and BJE
NewspaperHillel Gazette
AffiliationsBeth Jacob Congregation, NAIS, BJE, CAIS, Prizmah, Torah uMesorah, CIJE
PresidentMrs. Amy Kestenbaum
General Studies PrincipalRabbi Zachary Swigard

Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy (Hebrew: יְשִׁיבָה קְטַנָּה הִלֵּל‎) is an independent Jewish Zionist Orthodox Day School in Beverly Hills, California. It consists of an Early Childhood department (Parent & Me through Pre-1st grade), an Elementary division (Grades 1-5) and a Middle School division (Grades 6-8). Hillel offers a comprehensive Judaic and General Studies program and is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Builders of Jewish Education.[2] In 1993-1994, the school received the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Education from the United States Department of Education.[3] Hillel was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018.[4]


In 1948, the school was founded by Rabbi Dr. Simon A. Dolgin as part of Beth Jacob Congregation and began with an enrollment of 37 students. In 1961, Rabbi Menachem Gottesman assumed the leadership of the school, which was located at that time in the basement of Beth Jacob. In 1964, the school moved to its current location one block from Beth Jacob.[5] By 1988, the school had expanded its campus to include its original building and the adjacent property. Rabbi Gottesman led the school until 2003 at which time Rabbi Y. Boruch Sufrin began his tenure as the Head of School. In 2014, Rabbi Sufrin received the Covenant Foundation award for Excellence in Jewish Education.[6][7]


Hillel's philosophy is to imbue its students and parents with a strong sense of community and belonging. Through a variety of extracurricular programming such as intergenerational learning, Tikkun olam, chessed activities and social events, Hillel families and alumni are engaged in ongoing involvement with the school.

Israel and Zionism[edit]

Israel and Zionism are central tenets of Hillel's philosophy. Hillel's partners with Israel's National Service Organization and hosts four Sherut Leumi volunteers annually to integrate Israeli culture into Hillel's curriculum. Several Israeli educators engage in teaching Hebrew language Immersion programs beginning in Early Childhood, and regular use of Hebrew is integrated throughout the school. In addition, Hillel collaborates with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Zeitlin School Tel Aviv, through the L.A. Tel-Aviv Twinning program to host Israeli students each year and ensure that as part of the exchange, all Hillel eighth graders participate in an Israel trip experience as the culmination of their eighth grade year.

21st Century Learning[edit]

At Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, technology is integrated into the fabric of student learning and experiences. Technology goes beyond a class, a time, or a place; rather, it is a tool to solve a problem or challenge, a path towards innovation. Technology use at Hillel is intentional, purposeful, and geared towards making learning engaging and meaningful.

In 2016 Apple announced that Hillel received the Apple Distinguished School award for successful implementation of its one-to-one Individualized Technology Initiative.

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  1. ^ "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Hillel Hebrew Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved Jul 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "BJE Affiliated Schools". Builders of Jewish Education. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  3. ^ "The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award Winners". Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  4. ^ "Apple Distinguished Schools". Apple.
  5. ^ "History". www.bethjacob.org. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  6. ^ "The Covenant Foundation | Inspired Educators". www.covenantfn.org. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  7. ^ "Rabbi wins big for education innovation". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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