Meet Rabbi Cohen, Head of School

As parents we know that education, and Jewish education in particular, involves so much more than studying from a text. It is the combination of formal study, context, tradition and experiences.

To that end, at Vancouver Hebrew Academy we strive to provide an integrated and diverse educational experience for every child entrusted to our care. Our focus is on the intellectual, moral, social and emotional development of our students. Each child is viewed as an individual, having multiple abilities, interests and gifts.

Our highly-qualified faculty and staff are committed to creating an engaging, safe and intimate environment where children are able to explore and express their scholastic and creative abilities through a challenging curriculum of academics, music, art, athletics and community service. These dedicated professionals not only educate our students but serve as role models who exemplify the values and ethics we promote.

At VHA, we believe that quality education is best achieved when school and home work together, through extensive dialogue between teaching staff, parents and students. We promote an inclusive establishment where parents and community members feel a strong sense of ownership and a vested interest in the broad aims of the school. By working together, faculty, parents and students make VHA a family, in every sense of the word.

Welcome to the VHA Family!

Rabbi Barak Cohen

Originally from the States, VHA’s new Head of School, Rabbi Barak Cohen has spent the last 15 years in Jewish outreach and education. His journey has taken him from Iowa to Jerusalem, to Vancouver Island and Sydney, Australia, only to return to British Columbia in 2021 to assume the responsibility of the Head of School here at VHA. Rabbi Cohen received his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science and holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership. He received smicah (rabbinical ordination) from HaRav Moshe Sternbach, Ra’avad (Chief) of the Edah HaChareidis in Jerusalem.  Rabbi Cohen and his wife, Rachel, have three children, Eliana currently living and studying in Israel, and Shai and Odeyah currently attending VHA.