Gann Academy is Greater Boston's Pluralistic Jewish High School

Our students come from all types of backgrounds. You'll have classmates that identify as Reform, Conservative, Secular, Orthodox and much more. Whether you come from a family steeped in traditional Jewish practices or from one whose Jewish identity is more cultural, you'll be at home at Gann. 

Gann students explore Jewish teaching and identity in classes alive with discussion. You'll be immersed in Jewish values and have powerful Jewish experiences in a community of peers. You'll decide who YOU will be as a Jewish adult. 

Through studies in English and Hebrew, relationships with Israeli teenagers, and a six-week study experience in Israel, you will feel a part of the worldwide Jewish people and build deep connections to the people and land of Israel.

We encourage students to think about what being Jewish means to them. How do you think about Jewish observance and culture? Where do you see yourself in relation to a community? Through rituals and traditions, conversations and discussions, presentations and lectures, prayer or reflections, Gann students take up the challenge of defining for themselves what values they carry with them as adults.
 
More formal activities such as those described below are complemented by informal conversations—a chat with an advisor, a Shabbaton at a friend's house, a story shared with a classmate. What we have at Gann is a community that encourages mutual respect as well as curiosity. A place for the serious consideration of personal values, community values and life's meaning and purpose.

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  • Z'man Kodesh (Sacred Time)

    At Gann Academy we believe that growth in spirituality (deep connection to other people, the natural world, something beyond oneself), wisdom (perspective, patience, meaning-making), and character (kindness, empathy) are important elements in our students' flourishing as human beings. We believe that both traditional Jewish tefilah (prayer) and non-traditional alternatives are effective paths to this kind of growth.
     
    All students participate in Z'man Kodesh (Sacred Time) on Monday and Thursday mornings. In addition, there is optional time for prayer each afternoon and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. In Z'man Kodesh we aspire to create experiences that engage students' hearts (not only their heads), and that facilitate students' growth in spirituality, wisdom, and character. In all, we offer 10 different Z'man Kodesh options:
    • Reform Minyan
    • Mechitza Minyan
    • Traditional Egalitarian Minyan
    • Partnership Minyan
    • Movement
    • Spiritual Seeking
    • Men's Group
    • Women's Group
    • Meditation
    • Learner's Minyan
  • Holiday Programming (Jewish Celebrations)

    Through our holiday programming we seek to celebrate and explore Jewish holidays and festivals within our mission as a pluralistic Jewish high school.
  • Shabbatonim (Sabbath Retreats)

    During the course of the academic year, Gann Academy sponsors many different Shabbatonim that reflect the diverse religious practice of our student body. Within a broad range of options, all students are certain to find a Shabbat experience that feels right to them.

    All students are required to attend a grade-level shabbaton during the school year. Students may also choose to attend Shabbatonim sponsored by the different clubs and communities at Gann Academy.

    The goal of this program is to expose students to a wide range of Shabbat experiences and to allow students to participate in these experiences in the company of their friends and peers as they choose. Shabbatonim serves to broaden the horizons of our students, deepen friendships and build community.

About the myIsrael Program

myIsrael is the heart of the Gann experience. myIsrael develops graduates that are knowledgeable, sophisticated and passionate about Judaism, and who are connected and committed to Israel as they go off to college and the world.
Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School

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  • Six Weeks in Israel

    Week one of the sophomores' myIsrael excursion is complete, and oh what a week it was!

    "Being in Israel with my grade has been one of the most challenging but also one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in as long as I can remember," said Shira Hoffer.

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  • Charles Ohlenberg speaks to seniors about the Kindertransport and his time in England during the war.

    Holocaust Survivors Speak to Students

    On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gann Academy was honored to welcome two survivors to campus to tell their stories. Charles and Elizabeth Ohlenberg spoke to our seniors about Vienna and Charles' escape to England on the Kindertransport. Jack Trompetter spoke with grades nine through 11 about his story.

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  • Mifgash 2017

    Gann Students and Israeli Peers Share a Week of Fun and Introspection

    Gann Academy recently hosted 33 Israeli 11th graders, their principal, and two teachers during the mifgash, the annual encounter between students from Gann and Ironi Hey High School in Haifa.

    But this year there was a twist that made the visit even more meaningful: the teenagers already knew each other, thanks to last spring’s Israel trip—myIsrael— which, for the first time, sent 10th, not 11th graders, abroad. And more Gann students than ever participated.

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  • Sleeping Under the Stars: myIsrael 2017

    Sleeping Under the Stars: myIsrael 2017

    Sixty-six Gann sophomores have spent the last seven weeks exploring Israel through an exciting mix of academics, desert camping, socializing, sports, art, robotics, community service and much, much more. They're participating in myIsrael, Gann's unique Israel trip where students engage with the country on multiple levels.

    The Gann trekkers have met with Knesset members, a Christian journalist, a 90-something pioneer, Palestinians, settlers, representatives of the LGBT community and one of the country's top junior tennis players, to name just a few. And to experience the life of an Israeli teen in real time, Gann kids did a week-long homestay with the families of students from Ironi Hey High School, Gann's sister school in Haifa.

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