1970's - A group of lay members of the New Orleans Jewish community, led by Dr. Sam Lupin, together with Rabbis Jeffrey Bienenfeld and Victor Hoffman joined to establish Lakeshore Hebrew Day School. Lakeshore's charter was to offer a comprehensive Jewish education along with a strong general studies program. The school would be sensitive to all streams of Judaism while retaining Orthodox values. The children would graduate as educated Jews who could then make a knowledgeable decision about how they would like to practice their Judaism. It was originally housed at Beth Israel. Shortly after its founding, the facility at 5210 W Esplanade was bought to house the growing school. By the year 1978, there were almost 100 kids in the school. Lakeshore proved itself in the community, as its students were accepted to the high schools of their choice, while also coming out with a strong commitment to Jewish values.

1980's - Many of the main financial supporters and teachers of the school moved out of town. Dr. Wesley Galen, Richard Brown ?"? , Dr. Moshe Solomonow, Meir Teles and others got involved. Under their leadership, and with Mrs. Ruchama Goldman acting as principal, Lakeshore Hebrew Day School once again blossomed. The school procured new support from the Jewish Federation under the leadership of its president, Bernard Mintz, and executive director, Jane Buchsbaum, who believed that a Jewish school in New Orleans was vital. New support also came from sources such as the Lupin foundation, and the Reichman foundation of Toronto whose core values of authentic Jewish education matched those of the school's.

1990's - By the early 90s, the school was struggling due to the Jewish population declining, and rising tuition. In 1993 the board voted to dissolve the school. Shortly before that, a group of concerned parents wanted to be sure that there would continue to be a Jewish school which would stand for the same values that Lakeshore epitomized. They convened, and Torah Academy was born with just 18 children in attendance. In 1994, the school moved into the original Lakeshore location with 30 kids. It continued growing until it reached 65 children.

2005 - Hurricane Katrina raged through Louisiana destroying homes and buildings, among them the building at 5210 W Esplanade. Many families lost their homes and jobs, and ended up settling in the locations which sheltered them after the hurricane. For almost ten years, the school operated out of a temporary location.

2014 - The construction on Torah Academy's new facility was completed, and the school year began at its original location with just 24 students in attendance. The new school building was state of the art, and an excellent group of staff was hired. The school continued to grow and blossom, integrating progressive educational models and attracting many new families.

2017 - Torah Academy offers a comprehensive Jewish education, a progressive general studies Elementary program and a popular Early Learning Center and now has almost 60 students enrolled. The Jewish population in New Orleans has grown and with it the need for a strong traditional Jewish school that offers high academics and gears its program to the needs of each child. Torah Academy works hard to offer reasonable tuition rates to make the dream of every Jewish child a reality.

With your support for our scholarship fund, we can raise enough money to offer more scholarships. We can then bring more children through the doors of Torah Academy, paving the way for well-educated, successful and proud Jewish leaders and professionals of tomorrow.

Find out more at: www.torahacademynola.com