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Mr. Moshe Vaknin
Albert Einstein said, “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” Being part of modernity while maintaining our Jewish heritage is not simple. It is an important task that we have been facing for a long time. Nevertheless, at the Hebrew Academy of Morris County, knowledge, science, religion, and Jewish culture are taught to capture our students’ hearts and minds. Risk taking, experimenting, and hands-on activities are our approach to learning. Making mistakes allows us to learn and try new things. Asking critical thinking questions during Bible or Talmud classes is expected and encouraged.
The HAMC recently received the highest honor of the U.S. Department of Education, Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence. This is only one more step in our commitment to academic excellence. In our almost half century of existence, the HAMC has always sustained the highest level of commitment to each child. Generations of students have passed through the doors of the HAMC knowing and feeling that they received the best education possible.Our graduates move on to high school, well-prepared and, in many cases, having already covered the required readings and topics while here at the Academy.
The heart and soul of our Judaic studies curriculum is the teaching of Derech Eretz, meaning, in its broadest sense, acting with consideration and kindness to one’s fellow human beings. I often hear from many former families that the values their children learned while at the Hebrew Academy had a major impact on their families’ lives. Our mitzvah projects, Jewish values classes, and community service activities have earned us a reputation as a loving, giving, and nurturing school.
We do what we do for the sake of God’s work, the Jewish people and all of humanity. As it is written, לתקן עולם במלכות שדי"" ” to heal the world under the kingdom of God.”