We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with fanfare and pride!

2018 will mark Hebrew Academy’s Golden Anniversary! Like our 40th anniversary celebrations, our 50th will be punctuated by local and international reunions, guests of honour, a Shalshelet tribute book and other opportunities to reminisce and reconnect – including a special family Shabbaton!

We are also collecting Hebrew Academy memorabilia and photographs from the last 50 years. If you have picture or mementos that you would like to share, please click here to upload your photos and here to tell us about the item.

To join our 50th Anniversary Planning Committees or for more information about our 50th Anniversary activities, please contact

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our upcoming events!

Check out this special video featuring our very own HA alumni!

Join our official alumni Facebook page!

Reconnect with old friends and members of the HA family through our official Hebrew Academy Montreal Facebook page! It’s almost our 50th Anniversary – and you know what that means – 50 years worth of incredible memories! Join us as we prepare to celebrate  half a century of excellence in education!

Hebrew Academy marks 22 years as host of unifying basketball tournament

058A4764Hebrew Academy’s Moritz Hasen Gymnasium is the hub of activity each February, as fans of all ages gather to cheer on basketball players competing in the Annual Oren Grunbaum Hebrew Academy Invitational Basketball Tournament. Founded in 1995, the tournament brings together top players ages 15 and 16 from Montreal and the United States to participate in four days of friendly competition on the courts. In 1996, the tournament was renamed after Hebrew Academy alumnus Oren Grunbaum (’93), an outgoing free spirit with a fun-loving personality, who passed away that year in a tragic accident. “Oren is remembered by his teachers as a young man with great creativity and personal warmth,” said Hebrew Academy Executive Director Linda Lehrer. “He had a distinctive love of basketball and played on the Hebrew Academy teams. This tournament will continually serve to perpetuate Oren’s memory.” Click here for the full full story.

At the conclusion of the 2015-2016 tournament, Hebrew Academy received the following email from a participant’s father:

My son just returned from the Oren Grunbaum Basketball Tournament. He came from Derech Hatorah in Brooklyn. It was his first time playing out of town in a tournament. My wife Sarah and I watched on you tube from Brooklyn. That was AMAZING to be able to do. I know these events take planing, care and love. So please accept my thanks. He had a wonderful time and got to really share in the camaraderie of such a tournament. He grows from such experiences meeting others kids, sharing and making new friends from far places. Clearly, you all set the right tone in giving these kids the opportunity to enjoy something they love in an atmosphere of Yiddishkeit that is physically, mentally and spiritually healthy and supportive.

— A. J. Rich

Barry Mishkin Alumni Tournament

Every year during Chol Hamoed Pesach, Hebrew Academy alumni reunite for a few days of friendly competition as participants and spectators of the annual Barry Mishkin Tournament. The tournament was established in 2000 in memory of beloved Hebrew Academy alumnus Dr. Barry Mishkin (’86), a husband, father and a gastroenterologist who was diagnosed with leukemia. This year’s tournament will begin the evening of April 24 and run until the 27th or 28th, contingent on the number of participating teams. While all Hebrew Academy alumni are invited to play, the level of competition is very high as it tends to attract Hebrew Academy’s best players from the past 3 decades. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Director of Athletics Yoni Lehrer at  no later than March 31, 2016. We look forward to greeting you back at HA!

Students support Israeli campaign with strong Hebrew Academy connection

In the heart of Jerusalem, on Ben Yehuda Street – the ever-popular pedestrian-mall that’s a hotspot for tourists, yeshiva and seminary students and Israelis alike – there’s a small shop with a big Hebrew Academy connection.  The Muffin Boutique, a bakery/café that serves Montreal-style bagels, salads and shakes, among other fare, is owned by Hebrew Academy alumna Lainie (Dubrow) Richler (’83) and her husband Shmarya, who made aliyah with their children in 1995. Click here to read the full story.

Stay Connected with the HA Family

We’re always delighted to receive updates from former students! Please share your news and contact information with us so that we can remain in touch. 2017-2018 will mark HA’s Golden Anniversary and we would love to include your memories and pictures in a special tribute piece! Please send your contact information to, like our Hebrew Academy Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @myHA_Updates!

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