"My Jewish education has increasingly become one of the things I cherish the most. I never was and still am not religious, but my Judaism is a core tenet of my being. I am so proud to be Jewish, to belong to the Jewish people and all of it's history and traditions - thanks to my education at Akiva Academy, that history and those traditions aren't mysteries to me. I understand my religion and culture and can participate in it freely and an in informed manner. I am so thankful for all of the Judiac education I got in my early years!!"
"I went to an orthodox Yeshiva high school from grades 9 through 12, and upon graduating I joined the Beis Medrash program, where I'm enjoying my third year spending all day learning Torah. Though I can't say for sure, the fact that I'm now learning at PTI probably has a significant amount to do with having identified as a Jew from an early age. I don't think that identification would have been as strong nor as amicable without Akiva starting me off on the right foot."
"My Jewish education at Akiva formed the basis of my strong Jewish beliefs, a love of Israel and my current lifestyle. It was an important and significant stepping stone to furthering my Jewish learning as a teenager and into adulthood. It was the education that I received from Akiva that encouraged me to pursue a very similar educational pathway for my own children."
"Aside from achieving the educational milestones of learning Hebrew and Torah, from the start, Akiva taught and practiced v'ahavta l'reacha kamocha. I would like to think that this simple principle has shaped many of the decisions I have made along the way and much of the person that I have become."
"Akiva taught me the values of kindness, acceptance and generosity that I strive to live by today."