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Honorable Menschen

This week's Honorable Menschen are:

Middle Schooler: ZOE CLAYWELL

Zoe is new to Barrack but it seems like we've known her for so long. She ... read more


PTO Parent Survey

Dear Fellow Barrack Parents,

We want your Barrack experience -- and your student's Barrack experience -- to be nothing short of wonderful. Please ... read more


Parent Alert System

On Wednesday, October 25 at 8 PM, we will test our new, integrated “Parent Alert” system. This year, whenever there is a school closing, late ... read more


Kids, Parents and Parties Recap & Screenagers

October 24, 2017/4 Heshvan 5778

Dear Barrack Families,


We want to thank parents who attended our Monday, October 16th ... read more


Parent/Teacher Conferences

As in past years, parents will use Pick-a-time to schedule parent/teacher conferences. Detailed instructions will be emailed to parents on October 31st and ... read more


Guess Who's Coming to Shabbas?

 November 10


Mark your calendars now for our "Guess Who's Coming to Shabbas" on Friday, Nov 10th. The program ... read more


12th Grade Trip to See "Wrestling Jerusalem"

October 25, 2017


The Philadelphia Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) has invited our 12th graders to an afternoon showing of ... read more


First Important Due Dates for 8th Grade Israel Trip

October 20th: 
1. $500 deposit to Gil Travel
2. Gil Travel Application Form (read more


WEL Run the Day

 We are partnering with WEL later on in the year, and encourage Barrack students and families to join in this run. Residents love when our students ... read more


Help Toby Kessler-Cohen Fight Homlessness

6th grader Toby Kessler-Cohen will be running in the upcoming 5 K Walk/Run to Prevent Homelessness on Sunday October 29th at the Art Museum to benefit the ... read more


Gap Year Programs

 Dear 12th graders and 12th grade parents,

Even though college applications are still in progress for the 12th graders, it's not too early to ... read more


Middle School Mania - October 30

Middle School Mania - Monday, October 30th - 8:00am - 3:35pm
Prospective 6th graders will come and spend the day at Barrack to get a taste of what ... read more


Barrack Open House - October 24

Tuesday, October 24th 9:30 - noon
Barrack Open House
Join us for an enlightening morning and get to know Jack!
This is an excellent ... read more


8th Grade Boats & Bridgdes

On Tuesday October at 9:30 a.m. our 8th grade class will depart to join Perelman's 5th grade class at the Stern Center of Perelman Jewish Day School to ... read more


Middle School Assembly with the Walnut Street Theatre

 On October 26, the Middle School will be treated to a special assembly with Walnut Street Theatre’s Touring Outreach Company’s ... read more


10th & 11th Grade PSATs

10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT at Barrack on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 8:20 a.m. Please print and return the registration form (below) ... read more


Friends In Faith

October 9th, 2017

As part of their studies of comparative religion our 11th and 12th graders will travel to St. Joseph’s University for a rich ... read more


Come Visit for an Open House!

Our first Open House is coming up!

Take a tour, meet current students and teachers, and spend time where our students love where they learn.

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6th Grade Sukkah Sleepover

Dear 6th Grade Students and Families,

Our 6th grade sleepover is right around the corner! Please find relevant information and documents to give you ... read more


Middle School Hol HaMoed Trips

Dear Middle School Parents and Students,

As Sukkot draws near, we wanted to inform you about our plans for Hol HaMoed. On October 9th and 10th we ... read more


Getting to Know the College Process at Barrack


9th and 10th grade parents are invited to attend this important program ... read more



Friends of the IDF Gala - Wednesday, October 18

In past years, it has been a wonderful experience for all involved - the students, the Holocaust ... read more


Parent Town Hall


At 8:00 PM, we invite all 8th - 12th grade parents for an important ... read more


Upper School Back to School Night

The Upper School Back to School Night is scheduled for September 27th. Please note dismissal for all students that day is at 2:15. Back to School Night ... read more


School Picture Day for Grades 6-10

Smile! It's picture day!

Please remember to bring your order form with you on picture day. Photos of each grade will be taken along with the ... read more


Order all Your Sukkot Needs

Sukkot is just around the corner!

Order everything you need for your holiday (Sukkot, Wine, Lulav and Etrog) at read more


College Financial Aid Night for US Parents

Monday, October 2nd- 6:30pm- Financial Aid night

Please join us on Monday, October 2nd, for our Financial Aid Night here at Barrack. This evening ... read more


Let DFH Catering Handle your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Meals

Catering by Ann - Under Supervisions of Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia; With Chef Oliver

610-922-2382 |

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Special Schedule for MS Back to School Night

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Club Fair & Carnival

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Character Day Special Schedule


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Hear ye, hear ye
Come one, come all!
Get your Sukkot gear for this great holiday in the fall

Sukkahfest on October 1st from 10 to 1 is ... read more


Club Advisors & Officers Meeting

On September 14th at lunch there is a meeting for all faculty club advisors and club officers to discuss club schedules and the upcoming club fair. The ... read more


Come to the Doughnut Minyan!

Every Friday before school, the Modern Orthodox minyan meets in the Beit Midrash from 7:45-8:15 AM for Shaharit services and an oneg afterwards with ... read more


Back to School!

We are so happy to welcome back all of our returning students and to say bruchim haba'im to our new students!


Please make ... read more


Barrack Repertory Company Auditions

Auditions for Barrack Repertory Company’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher will take place on Thursday, September 14th @ 3:45-6pm in ... read more


Philly Friendship Walk

Get excited for the annual Philly Friendship Walk on October 22nd hosted by the Philly Friendship Circle at the Barrack campus!  We encourage all ... read more


School Picture Day

Students in grades 6-10 will have their school photo taken by Barksdale Company on September 26th. Students should bring in their envelope with payment on ... read more


Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 - October 15 the US celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (Most of the Spanish speaking countries in South America, Central America and the ... read more


8th Grade Israel Trip Meetings

All 8th grade parents are invited to attend one of two important meetings about the Israel trip, scheduled to depart on Sunday, 4 March 2018 and scheduled ... read more


Middle School Back to School Night

The Middle School Back to School Night is scheduled for September 18th. Please note dismissal for all students that day is at 2:15. Back to School Night ... read more


Club Fair & Carnival

The annual JBHA Club fair is scheduled for September 15th. Students have the opportunity to meet and greet with club officers and faculty club advisors and ... read more


International Character Day

 Celebrate International Character Day with JBHA students and faculty on Wednesday, 13 September! At separate Middle School and Upper School ... read more


Moving In Workshops

Once per cycle for the first trimester, 6th grade students will meet with various administrators and teachers to learn more about Barrack. The meetings will ... read more


MS Majors Program

Dear Middle School Students and Parents,

We have a new development in the middle school and I wanted to share it with you. Upon careful ... read more



Fidgets are not permitted in class. This includes spinners and slime. They should only be used as a helpful tool for those students who need that specific ... read more


Department Chairs

Justin Cooper

Athletic Director



Aaron Silver

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New Faculty

Bruchim Habaim -- a warm welcome to our new faculty and staff! We are fortunate to have a talented group of new faculty joining Barrack this year. ... read more



Canvas, our online learning management system, offers information for you and your child about each of your child’s classes. Each teacher maintains a ... read more



Get into the habit of checking Barrack’s website at Please be sure to consult the ... read more



Remember that every student has an email account as part of . New students will receive their new email addresses and passwords during the ... read more


Chain of Communication

Parents are reminded that the first point of contact for academic concerns in a class is their child’s teacher. If concerns remain after speaking to ... read more


School News

New this year- We will be offering a weekly newsletter for families with any events, special assemblies and information you need to know each week. Be on ... read more



An email regarding transportation and routes will be coming from our Assistant Director of Operation, Susan Harding. If you have questions regarding ... read more



Parents are reminded to email Marlene Underwood ( or call the Attendance Line (610-922-2302) by 8:00 AM to report your child absent or ... read more



If your child is playing a fall sport, please be sure to check the Athletic calendar found on our school website for the schedule of practices and games. ... read more


Student Handbook

Please note that the student handbook can be found on the JBHA website. Please review ... read more


Identification & Swipe Cards

Identification/swipe cards are used for security, for gaining entrance to school buildings and for attendance.  If you are a new student and here at ... read more



There are several forms needed before the first day of school. If you have questions about forms, please contact Marlene Underwood at read more


School Supplies

Click here for the School Supplies

During the first few ... read more


Summer Reading & Math Assignments

Please be sure you have completed the summer assignments listed on the website. Check here for that information: read more


New Student Orientation

New Students orientation is scheduled for Wednesday September 6th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. All new students and at least one parent or guardian should join us ... read more


Dates to Remember

2017-2018 Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy Calendar
Dates may be subject to change or additions may be added to the calendar

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9th Grade Retreat

Our annual 9th grade retreat to Camp Green Lane will take place on Friday September 8th. Ninth graders will spend the day getting to know each other and ... read more


Middle School Parents' Guide to Helping Your Child through the Middle School Experience

How Parents Can Help

A major goal of the Saligman Middle School is to help students become responsible, independent learners. Planners, binders and ... read more


Emily Reinhold's Speech in Hebrew - Graduation 2017

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Professor Chanan Tigay '94 Speech - Graduation 2017

Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy Commencement, June 8, 2017

Thank you Elise, for that generous ... read more


Noam Glanzberg-Krainin's Speech - Graduation 2017

Members of the Board of Directors, ... read more


Rebecca Civan's Dvar Torah - Graduation 2017

In this week’s parasha, Beha’alotcha, the Israelites leave Mount Sinai where they had been camped for nearly a year, and they begin ... read more


Emily Reinhold's Speech in English - Graduation 2017 (given in Hebrew)

I have heard that the audience will cut me some slack if my speech is ... read more


We can't wait for the first day of school!

School begins on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Now is your last chance to complete Summer Assignments and purchase your supplies. To view Summer Assignments ... read more


Two Very Important Dates

Sixty-seventh Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2017

- Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7:30pm

Har Zion Temple

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In the Heights - Upper School Musical

Come see the Upper School Musical production of In The Heights!


Sunday, May 14, 3pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, May 15-17, ... read more