In addition to the incredible academic program that distinguishes our school, Kehillah is defined by learning together outside of the classroom. From outside speakers, to class presentations, and self-reflection, Kehillah believes that wisdom is acquired by learning from everyone, as it says in Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Ancestors) “Who is wise? One who learns from every person” (4:1)
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we devote time to Avodah SheBaLev (lit. work of the heart), an opportunity for students to explore Jewish content and develop a practice or routine that is reflective and mindful. We offer a variety of ways for students to find meaningful connections to Jewish wisdom and values. Individual and communal reflection is a time for students to think about their relationships with themselves, their friends and family, their communities, and the larger world.
Some of our Avodah tracks have included: art, creative writing, current events, debate, gardening, meditation, philosophy, and prayer.
On Wednesdays, students participate in an hour of either Beit Midrash (lit. house of study) or Seminar. During Beit Midrash, the whole school gathers for a school-wide assembly where we listen to speakers, celebrate holidays, and build community. The overall purpose of the Seminar program is to help students develop the social and emotional skills that comprise the five core SEL competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). Students are encouraged to investigate different aspects of their identity and begin thinking consciously about who they want to be, how they want to live, and how their choices will affect their individual selves and their community.