Friedel Jewish Academy provides the educational foundation to develop inquisitive learners who confidently engage with the world through Jewish values.

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Address: 335 South 132nd Street
Omaha, NE 68154
Friedel Jewish Academy is a place where children discover the joy of learning in an atmosphere of warmth and intellectual excitement. Friedel, a private Jewish day school for grades K-6, was founded in 1964 to provide a comprehensive educational experience in a pluralistic setting - a mission we continue to honor. Friedel's experienced staff prepare children to become self-confident, compassionate, committed citizens who are prepared for the academic and social challenges of the modern world.

Friedel Jewish Academy partners with parents to transform the lives of Jewish children by providing an integrated Jewish educational experience preparing young men and women for a lifetime of individual accomplishment and community leadership.

Beginning in kindergarten, our students learn from an award-winning Hebrew language immersion program. Research shows the benefits of second language learning not only on student's linguistic abilities but also on improved overall school performance and superior problem-solving skills, and that second language learners consistently outperform control groups in core subject areas on standardized tests.
Julie Phillips, a mother of two Friedel graduates, spoke of both the Judaic studies and general studies programs, "My daughters experienced the collective joy of living Jewishly everyday in a community of friends and teachers, celebrating holidays, festivals, Shabbat, Israel, their heritage, and the Jewish rhythm of their lives." They were "well prepared to enter into middle school and handle a rigorous curriculum and had the self-confidence and sense of self that enabled them to do their best," explained Philips as she described her daughters' educational progression. "They remember those years so fondly that to this day, they stay in touch with their teachers. In fact, when Lilly," now a junior at Stanford University, "was selected as the presidential scholar for the state of Nebraska when she was a high school senior, she…selected Denise Bennett, Friedel's fifth-sixth grade instructor, as the "teacher who impacted her greatly…to accompany Lilly to Washington, D.C. for the awards ceremony.

Debbie Denenberg, mother of a Friedel Jewish Academy sixth grader, says that "national research has shown that day school graduates have the greatest chance of growing up to become Jewish leaders, volunteers, and contributors to Jewish organizations. Friedel Jewish Academy benefits every Jewish institution from the synagogues to the JCC to the Federation and its agencies" by teaching and modeling and talking about Jewish values. "Our school recognizes not only the winner at flashcards but the child who notices when someone falls on the playground and rushes to help her up. Our children do projects with residents at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home and thus learn to be part of a community and to respect our elders. Through daily living, our kids embrace Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and Tikun Olam (repairing the world)."

Marty Shukert designed the school which moved into its current home in the Gordman Center in 1995. Both he and his wife Aveva were president of the Friedel Board of Directors at different times. Their daughters, Rachel, now 34, and Ariel, 30, are both graduates of the school. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Tisch School at New York University, is the author of books, several plays produced in New York City, online and print media columns, and a television show, "The Red Band Society," currently broadcasting on FOX. Ariel attended Washington University in St. Louis where she earned her BFA. She is an art director and graphic designer for an ad agency writing and producing television commercials including one that aired during the Super Bowl. Both young women live in Los Angeles with their husbands.