Back to School at the New Barrack Academy


Celebrate the beginning of a new era for students, faculty and alumnus of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy as the school, formerly known as Akiba Hebrew Academy, moves to its new home on the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Radnor Campus, 272 South Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr. Head of School Dr. Steven M. Brown invites the community to join in the Hanukat Habayit, a traditional housewarming ceremony to mark the milestone, on Sunday, Sept. 14.

Celebration highlights include a festive Torah procession with the extended school community and tours of the school's new academic facilities, complemented by a new soccer field, tennis center and gymnasium that students will inaugurate with soccer scrimmages and tennis matches.

The Torah procession begins at 10 a.m. when a cavalcade of buses, transporting students and faculty, arrive from the Academy's former campus in Merion Station to Bryn Mawr. The buses will carry precious cargo — four Torahs — which will be passed to school and communal leaders. Musicians will perform, encouraging guests to sing and dance, as the Torahs are passed to school and Jewish communal leaders.

Following the Torah presentation, a mezuzah will be affixed on the front door of the school and guests will parade into the building as the program continues. Those wishing to attend the Hanukat Habayit should RSVP to or call 610-667-4070, Ext. 119.

Barrack Hebrew Academy, originally founded in 1946 as Akiba Hebrew Academy, provides a dual curriculum of college preparatory and Jewish studies to young men and women in grades 6-12.

Barrack welcomes students from every spectrum of Jewish observance and life.

For additional information, contact Vivian Young at 


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