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.