RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School

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Our unique teaching methodology stimulates curiosity and critical thinking enhanced by Jewish values and wisdom in a warm and welcoming environment.

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Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/31/2023

Step into History at Monticello with RTA's Second Grade!

Our second graders explored picturesque Monticello, meeting a Thomas Jefferson look-alike who shared fascinating insights into the year 1823. Students delved into Jefferson's meticulously curated flower garden, discovering vibrant colors and enchanting scents. Our young learners then toured the grand house, learning of Jefferson's belief in the power of knowledge and enjoyed breathtaking views of the University of Virginia. A visit to the Hemings family cabin sparked meaningful discussions, shedding light on the contradictions between the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the reality of slavery. What an incredible adventure into history!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/30/2023

RTA's dynamic third-grade got their bodies moving as they delved into the fascinating world of plant life. Armed with curiosity, students embarked on a plant-themed scavenger hunt, eagerly seeking answers to their questions throughout our school building. What a wonderful way to explore and learn!

In addition to their plant exploration, our creative third graders showcased their literary skills through a unique project: the Clothes Hanger Book Report. This innovative approach allowed them to apply their knowledge of plot analysis, character development, and theme to their chosen novel.

05/29/2023

Honoring Memorial Day and Recognizing Our Heroes!

Last week, our kindergarteners had the privilege of learning about the significance of Memorial Day from our very own Mrs. B., a former army medic. With deep respect and gratitude, Mrs. B. shared the origins of Memorial Day after the Civil War and how it has evolved over time. She emphasized the importance of remembering and honoring the brave individuals who made sacrifices for our nation.

Our young learners actively engaged in this meaningful discussion, asking insightful questions and showing genuine curiosity. Their eagerness to understand and pay tribute to our heroes was truly remarkable.

As we commemorate Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to reflect on the immense sacrifices made by those who serve our country. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Mrs. B. for facilitating a meaningful conversation about the day with our kindergarteners and fostering a sense of reverence for our heroes.

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/28/2023

It has been a wonderful year at RTA! Come celebrate our Jewish future!

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Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/28/2023

Last week, the PVA (Parent Volunteer Association) at RTA honored our incredible teachers! As a special gesture for Shavuot, students brought in beautiful flowers that were lovingly arranged into bouquets. These vibrant floral creations adorned the teachers' table, symbolizing our deep appreciation for their dedication and hard work. Thank you, RTA teachers, for nurturing young minds and inspiring us every day!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/25/2023

In line with the upcoming holiday of Shavuot and the significance of receiving the Torah, RTA's second-grade students were each presented with their very own Chumash today! The Chumash Party, thoughtfully orchestrated by Morah Aronowitz, was an unforgettable celebration filled with education and meaning. Our second graders shared both beautiful songs and plays, shining a spotlight on the importance of the Torah in our Jewish tradition. With great enthusiasm, both students and parents participated in personalizing the Chumash covers, infusing Jewish learning with creativity and personal connection. Mazel tov to our second graders on this momentous occasion!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/24/2023

RTA STEM Lab Success!

RTA's middle school physical science class showcased their impressive engineering skills during this week's STEM lab challenge. Tasked with designing an apparatus to pick up a ping pong ball and move it at least 10 cm, our students put their creativity to the test. But here's the twist: they could only use paper, tape, string, and paper clips, with points deducted for each item used.

During the challenge, each students' dedication, teamwork, and innovative thinking shone brightly. Kudos to these budding engineers!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/23/2023

Our 8th grade students at RTA are creating unforgettable memories as they approach their graduation. They've embarked on thrilling adventures, fostering stronger bonds and lifelong friendships.

From exploring the world of espionage at the Spy Museum to cheering on the Nationals and exciting kayaking excursions, our students have fully immersed themselves in fun-filled experiences beyond the classroom. This past Sunday, our 8th graders conquered a challenging ropes course, supporting and encouraging one another every step of the way. These incredible moments have not only brought them joy but have also cultivated a deep sense of unity and camaraderie.

We are incredibly proud of our 8th grade students and all they have achieved during their time at RTA. Congratulations to our exceptional graduating class of 2023!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/23/2023

What a magical evening of friendship, fun, and ice cream!

Thank you to our PVA for putting together this wonderful spirit night!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/21/2023

Play ball!

Today, Rabbi Paul threw the first pitch at Disability Inclusion Day at the Diamond! It was a powerful event that brought people of all abilities together, promoting inclusivity and unity. RTA is proud to support and sponsor such a meaningful event. Together, we can create a community where everyone feels welcomed and valued.

Thank you, Friendship Circle of Virginia, for spearheading this event!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/19/2023

Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing world of Op Art Cubes created by our talented middle school artists at RTA! Op Art, short for Optical Art, is an art form that utilizes optical effects to create the illusion of swelling and vibrating. Inspired by the iconic artist Bridget Riley, our students embarked on a creative journey, replicating her brilliant Op Art designs on 5" cubes. These masterpieces now appear to float near the ceiling, filling our school with artistic wonder!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/18/2023

Today, RTA's 8th grade students had the incredible opportunity to visit City Hall and celebrate May as American Jewish Heritage Month with Mayor Levar Stony!

This special occasion served as a moment to recognize and honor the profound contributions Jewish Americans have made for generations in our country. RTA is proud to create opportunities for our students to explore and embrace the vibrant tapestry of our society. Visiting City Hall and celebrating American Jewish Heritage Month with Mayor Levar Stony was an experience that broadened student horizons and instilled a sense of pride in their Jewish heritage.

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/17/2023

In RTA's 5th grade math class, students are taking a hands-on approach to geometry! They are diving into the world of triangles, angles, and geometric shapes, exploring concepts through engaging activities. By building and manipulating shapes, students gain a deeper understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts.

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/15/2023

RTA's young pottery enthusiast are getting their hands dirty and unleashing their creativity! Last week, our potters learned the pinch pot technique, shaping clay with their fingers to create unique vessels. But that's not all! These budding artists have taken it a step further by incorporating items from nature into their creations. Students eagerly searched for and carefully selected rocks and leaves to adorn their pottery, adding a touch of natural beauty to their masterpieces. Witness the magic as clay and nature's treasures merge, unleashing imaginative creations!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/12/2023

RTA's 3rd graders are eagerly stepping into the role of literary enthusiasts with their Charlotte's Web literary circle discussions! These young scholars take charge of their own review and discussion circles, engaging in thoughtful conversations about the beloved book. It's inspiring to see our students thoroughly engaged in literature while developing their critical thinking skills. Keep up the great work, 3rd grade!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/11/2023

RTA's 4th grade students embarked on a captivating capstone trip to historic Jamestown and Yorktown, bringing their year-long study of Virginia history to life!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/10/2023

Yesterday, RTA came alive with an explosion of color and spirited energy as our four teams engaged in an epic Color War! It was a day filled with cheer, fun, and exciting activities designed to foster character development, athletic skills, meaningful relationships, and teamwork. Our students played, competed, sang, and shared unforgettable moments together. Color War was an incredible showcase of the spirit and unity that make RTA truly magical.

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/10/2023

At RTA, history comes alive!

On Monday, RTA middle school students traveled to Virginia's Executive Mansion to witness a historic moment as Virginia officially adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. This monumental bill signing ceremony solidifies Virginia's commitment to combatting antisemitism and raising awareness about its impact.

RTA is proud to provide an education that fosters inclusivity, tolerance, and understanding. Together, we will continue to make a difference and ensure a brighter future for all.

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/09/2023

In an engaging prelude to our highly anticipated Lag BaOmer Color Wars, RTA's middle school scientists immersed themselves in the captivating world of water in our atmosphere. Exploring the topic hands-on, they created giant soap bubbles that showcased the marvels of surface tension and cohesion.

05/09/2023

We did it!

Together, with over 350 donors, the RTA community has come together and gone ALL IN for our Jewish future!

Raising $300,000 (and counting), you have inspired our Jewish future and positioned RTA to enter a new era.

Providing the finest blend of academic development in a nurturing Jewish environment, your support enables RTA to increase our investment in each child.

Thank you!

A special thank you to Let's Give RVA for an incredible matching gift to lead the campaign!

05/09/2023

We did it!

Together, with over 350 donors, the RTA community has come together and gone ALL IN for our Jewish future!

Raising $300,000 (and counting), you have inspired our Jewish future and positioned RTA to enter a new era.

Providing the finest blend of academic development in a nurturing Jewish environment, your support enables RTA to increase our investment in each child.

Thank you!

A special thank you to Let's Give RVA for an incredible matching gift to lead the campaign!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/08/2023

RTA 3rd graders are on the move, engaging in a scavenger hunt to tackle branches of government trivia questions. This interactive activity not only sparks student enthusiasm but also promotes active learning through movement. Win-Win!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/08/2023

Thank you to our incredible RTA community who has gone ALL IN to help us reach our base goal of $200,000!

Thanks to a generous bonus matching gift from Let's Give RVA we're raising an additional $75,000 to help fund our Jewish future through scholarship and other endowment funds!

Join us in inspiring the Jewish future: https://causematch.com/rta/

05/07/2023

Thank you to everyone who has already gone ALL IN for RTA!

To make your mark on the Jewish future, donate here: https://causematch.com/rta/

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/03/2023

The RTA community gathered for an inspiring rally event to kick off the ALL IN annual campaign this past Sunday! The campaign is designed to invest over $200,000 in our students and inspire our Jewish future.

Thanks to a generous match donation from Let's Give RVA, every dollar donated is doubled!

If you would like to register as a campaign ambassador, click here: https://web.causematch.com/sign-up/rta

To make your mark and invest to inspire our Jewish future, click here: https://causematch.com/rta/

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/02/2023

RTA's Russian Language Club is in full swing! Since the club's inception, students arrive each week excited to build on and practice their Russian speaking, reading, and writing skills! The club curriculum is designed to build Russian language fluency through games and interactive activities. Check out these adorable pictures of the club in action!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 05/01/2023

RTA students are putting their green thumbs to work planting the school's garden! Through this hands-on activity, students learn about plant life cycles, the importance of sustainability, and the role of different elements in the garden ecosystem. With lettuce, broccoli, kale, and marigolds to keep away the bunnies, our students are not only cultivating a love for nature but also developing skills in problem-solving and teamwork. Way to grow, RTA!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/30/2023

RTA kindergarteners took their math skills outdoors! Armed with chalk, students had a blast practicing addition while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Research shows that taking learning outside can improve focus, boost creativity, and enhance overall well-being. At RTA, we're committed to offering our students a multimodal educational experience that fosters growth and development in all aspects of their lives.

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/28/2023

Thank you to Adrienne Winkelmann Epstein for capturing our celebration of Yom Ha'Atzmaut and our kindergartner's trip to Israel in pictures!

Shabbat Shalom, RTA!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/28/2023

RTA's 3rd and 4th grade students had an enriching experience touring the Virginia State Capitol as part of their US Government and Virginia Studies curriculum. Led by an expert guide, students asked questions and gained understanding as they explored the building's history and learned about the government's inner workings. What a valuable educational trip!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/27/2023

RTA kindergarteners embarked on a whirlwind 'trip' all over Israel in honor of Yom Ha'Atzmaut!

Our youngest learners traversed our Jewish homeland, snorkeling in Eilat, working on a kibbutz, praying at the Western Wall, dining in Tel Aviv, training for the IDF, and visiting the artist colony in Safed. Students excitedly tried out skiing in the Hermon, squeezing orange juice in Jaffa, fishing on the Kinneret, and playing in the sand at the Dead Sea.

At RTA, we are proud to foster a deep connection to Israel using immersive approaches that engage and inspire our students.

04/26/2023

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Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/26/2023

Today, RTA celebrated Yom Ha'Atzmaut by engaging our students in a range of activities designed to cultivate their love and appreciation for Israel.

As part of their curriculum, RTA's grades 1-8 researched and prepared presentations on different aspects of Israel. During a school-wide assembly, each class presented their findings and culminating projects, demonstrating the ownership our students took over their learning.

Rabbi Paul then led a discussion with the students on the significance of Israel's 75th birthday, followed by a live-streamed visit from our RTA community members currently in Israel for an immersive experience of the celebrations.

Our students were thrilled to celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut with a special Israeli falafel lunch, complete with a menu in Hebrew created by our 4th grade students. They relished the flavors and enjoyed the unique cultural experience. The day ended on a high note with a bouncy house sponsored by our Parent Volunteer Association, which added a fun touch to the festivities.

At RTA, we are proud to offer a comprehensive education that fosters a deep connection to Israel, using diverse approaches that engage and inspire our students.

04/25/2023

Today, RTA's students participated in a meaningful Yom HaZikaron commemoration as we honored Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks.

Our middle school students were led by Rabbi Paul and Rabbi Plotnick in a special Yizkor memorial prayer, paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Meanwhile, our elementary-aged students learned about the significance of this day and the importance of honoring and remembering those who have given their lives for Israel. Marking Yom HaZikaron for our younger students included age-appropriate discussions with Rabbi Paul and, for some, a virtual siren ceremony viewed from Israel, giving our students a glimpse of how Yom HaZikaron is observed in Israel.

At RTA, we are proud to provide a strong education that extends beyond the classroom, instilling values of remembrance, honor, and respect in our students.

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/24/2023

In exploring the concept of condensation and cloud nuclei, our middle school scientists experimented with creating fog in a bottle!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/24/2023

Proud to celebrate Israel at 75 with Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, Weinstein JCC, Congregation Or Atid, Jewish National Fund - USA, and Arielle Ncsy Jsu Sherman!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/23/2023

Something exciting is cooking at RTA!

Kateryna, who owns a chain of stores in Ukraine and is trained as a chef, is conducting two after-school culinary enrichment classes at RTA - one for upper elementary students and one for middle schoolers!

This week, RTA's aspiring chefs had fun in the kitchen learning how to make pizza and orange-lemonade! We can't wait to see everyone back next week for more culinary-skill development and cooking fun!

Photos from RTA - Richmond Hebrew Day School's post 04/21/2023

Shabbat Shalom from RTA!

Pictured here, our youngest learners are excited to be back in their classrooms and engaged through hands-on learning after spring break!

Our Story

RTA is a private Jewish K-8 day school in Richmond Virginia. The school provides exceptional education that empowers Jewish children in every aspect of their life through academic excellence in both general and Jewish studies. Our unique teaching methodology stimulates critical reading and thinking enhanced by Judaism’s values and wisdom in a warm and welcoming environment.

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3809 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA
23221

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Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

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