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About Us

Chabad Jewish Academy serves the greater Jewish community of coastal Carolina. Established in 1987, CJA has grown from humble beginnings with a steadfast vision to prepare generations of Jewish children for academic and life success. Our growth is deeply rooted in the support of the vibrant Jewish community of Myrtle Beach and its dedicated leaders.

We embrace students and families from across the spectrum of Judaism, focusing on shared values while encouraging individual exploration of Jewish identity. CJA remains committed to preserving the values that inspired its creation. Our graduates emerge as tomorrow's leaders, equipped with a solid academic, ethical, and religious foundation, ready to impact their communities positively and beyond.


As School leaders, We understand that choosing the right school for your child is a significant decision. We are thrilled that you are considering CJA. Our educational approach is unparalleled. At CJA, students:

  • Experience a sense of belonging and safety within our close-knit community.

  • Engage in a rigorous academic education complemented by essential social and emotional skills.

  • Engage in a dual curriculum fostering inquiry, creativity, and lifelong learning.

  • Explore the joy of Judaism and Torah traditions, including Hebrew immersion and connections to Israel.

Our graduates are accepted into their chosen schools and possess the skills to thrive in diverse environments. It brings us immense pride to witness the leadership roles our alumni assume within their communities and families.

Rabbi Eli Reyder
Mr. DJ Thorne
Mrs. Trisha Mcquade-Petzer
Mrs. Jennifer Montville 
Mrs. Leah Aizenman 

At a Glance

Founded in 1987, Chabad Jewish Academy is a co-educational K-8 private Jewish day school dedicated to providing high-quality academic education infused with Jewish values and literacy, Hebrew language fluency and love of the land of Israel. All in a nurturing and loving environment. We prioritize the holistic development of each child, emphasizing academic, social, and spitiual growth. CJA welcomes all Jewish families, regardless of affiliation or level of observance.

Accreditation and Affiliations

  • Member of South Carolina’s Independent School Association

Students and Faculty

  • Member of South Carolina’s Independent School Association

  • Average class size: 9 students

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 1:5

  • Highly qualified teachers

  • Diverse student population.

  • Inclusive learning environment

  • On-site security 

  • Tuition affordability plans

  • Participation in the National Breakfast and Lunch Program

  • Universal afterschool snack program

  • All students eligible for free meals through the Community Eligibility Program

  • CJA does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, or disability


CJA’s campus is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach adjacent to the local schools and the recreation center. We are home to preschool, elementary, and middle school.  Our facility was custom-designed in 1987 and underwent a significant renovation in 2022. Our spacious classrooms are equipped with modern technology, supporting academic and social-emotional learning commitments. Our campus also features a soccer field, basketball court, playground, outdoor learning area, gazebo, and student-tended garden.

Mission & Vision

Academic Excellence and a Vibrant Jewish Identity

Heart, Mind & Soul


Chabad Jewish Academy’s learning program focuses on academic rigor, social-emotional development, and spiritual growth. Students will:

  • Engage in an advanced curriculum aligned with South Carolina standards alongside Judaic and Hebrew studies.

  • Enjoy the positive experience of Judaism and Torah traditions

  • Engage in Hebrew immersion and connection with Israel

Active learning fosters knowledge, skills, and habits toward lifelong learning. We expect all students to strive for excellence, nurturing their minds, hearts, and souls within our learning community.


CJA offers a rigorous dual-language curriculum in English and Hebrew, nurturing each child's academic, emotional, and spiritual growth. Our approach integrates best practices to support individualized learning and cultivate well-being and a strong Jewish identity.

Bridges Afterschool Program

Bridges provide study hall, tutoring, and enrichment from 2:45 to 4:00 pm​


At CJA, we passionately challenge each student's mind and foster a love of learning through rigorous yet enjoyable academic and Judaic curricula.

Our Philosophy

We believe in cultivating critical thinking, Inquiry, creativity, adaptability, and information literacy to prepare students for future success. CJA provides a nurturing environment that supports cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth.

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