Rabbi Shaye Guttenberg, Head of School

Welcome to the Hebrew Academy! 

3,751 miles, 100 hours, 10 hotel rooms, 7 states was my family's physical relocation from San Jose, CA to Miami Beach, FL; a true road trip. I love driving the open road and discovering new places along the way and this trip promised experiencing parts of America we’d never visited before. We hiked in national parks, sled in a national monument, explored underground caves and nourished ourselves in some great kosher establishments along the way. It wasn’t until we entered Alabama that our reality began to settle in. Every state has a huge sign on the side of the road just after crossing the border. Marking Alabama read: Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama. I am sure that when Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote his famous song in 1974 he couldn’t have imagined it would be the welcome sign into Alabama (especially since he was from Florida).  

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I know that many of you share these feelings; Hebrew Academy is home sweet home. Home is a place where you are always welcome, feeling a sense of belonging, and you aren’t judged.  These are some of the principles and values of our school and I welcome you to come and learn more about us.


Rabbi Shaye Guttenberg
Head of School