• Our Students

    At Or Hachaim Academy we seek to develop the intellectual, social, and spiritual potential of each student in a nurturing, learning environment.

  • Our Community

    The school is in the heart of the North Hollywood orthodox community and students commute daily from many different neighborhoods.

  • Our Mission

    Or Hachaim is an orthodox Jewish day school committed to excellence in Jewish and secular education.

  • Calendar

    You can download the Or Hachaim Academy Calendar 2023-2024 and you can view all upcoming events.

Welcome to Or Hachaim

We welcome you to the website of Yeshivat Or Hachaim Academy (YOHA).
On behalf of the administration and staff OF OR HACHAIM ACADEMY – WE WISH YOU ALL A productive and successful school year.


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Or Hachaim Administration

Rabbi Gabay Dean and Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Amram Gabay was born in Morocco. He received smicha from Yeshivat Eshel in Strasbourg, France. Rabbi Gabay continued on in the Yeshiva for many years as mashgiach ruchani. In 1984, Rabbi Gabay and his family came to Los Angeles, California to become the Mara D’atra of Adat Yeshurun Congregation. The shul started in a small store front and today is one of the largest Sephardic congregations in Los Angeles. Rabbi Gabay believes in the importance of spreading Torah and has helped many smaller shuls open up in many different neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Limud hatorah, Derech Eretz, and Ahavat Yisrael are the foundations of life and of paramount importance to Rabbi Gabay. His mission is to help his fellow man see the beauty of Torah and increase Torah learning in the community. Therefore, the next logical step was for him to build a beautiful elementary school which teaches these precepts and where children can go home and share what they have learned with their parents. Rabbi Gabay named his school after Rabbi Chaim ben Attar who was the Or Hachaim Hakadosh.  It is Rabbi Gabay’s dream that Torah should be the guiding light in how we all live our lives.

Mrs. Raquel Nesser Principal

Or Hachaim Academy Principal

Mrs. Ronit Yehezkelof Laurel Canyon Girls Campus Principal

Mrs. Yehezkelof Ronit is Principal of Laurel Canyon Girls Campus


This is Or Hachaim’s News section. Here you can find news related to our school year.

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This is Or Hachaim’s Event section. Here you can find our new events related to our school year

Best Elementary School for Your Child

On behalf of Or Hachaim Academy, We want to welcome you to our website and to our school. Selecting the best Jewish day school for your child is an important decision. We are grateful that you are considering Starting from nursery school and until he or she becomes bar or bat mitzvah and later heads off to high school, your child will have a place among friends here at Or Hachaim!

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Why Choose Us

Or Hachaim Academy Is The Best Elementary School For Your Child

In The Beginning

Or Hachaim was founded by Rabbi Gabay whose vision is to teach all Jewish children.


Or Hachaim Academy makes every effort to maintain tuition fees at the lowest possible level while.

Administration Process

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Student Learning Goals

Or Hachaim Academy will prepare its students to: Academic life skills, Personal Life Skills and, Religious Life Skills

Our Students' Success Stories

What our students have to say about YOHA