In Election Day, November, 1884, poet Walt Whitman paid tribute to the American ritual of voting, emphasizing the process rather than the winner and calling it “… the quadrennial choosing.” Over a century later in a 2012 speech, the great U.S. Representative John R. Lewis stated, “My dear friends: Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.” Indeed, elections, politics, and voting hold a unique and powerful place in the history of the United States.
Our nation is arriving, after much avid discourse, campaigning, and rhetoric, at election day this coming Tuesday. November 3, 2020 is the culmination of years of action and civic engagementon all sides to shape the direction America will take for years to come. All of us have been, to some extent, involved in this democratic endeavor to select national, state, and local leaders and to vote on important ballot initiatives. We are already seeing unprecedented participation at voting booths all over the United States, which is an exciting prospect no matter what one’s hopes are for the eventual outcome.
This Wednesday, November 4, the Kehillah history department will host a special Beit Midrash on the 2020 election from 10:45am-12:00 noon. This program is designed to help students process and illuminate the many issues that this all-consuming and passionate election has elicited. Following the all-school presentation by the history department, advisory groups will meet to further discuss these ideas in a smaller setting. Whatever the final result of this election holds for all of us, let’s look forward to sharing our ideas about the eventful year we have experienced politically, together, as a school community.
Please know that student attendance at this program is required, just as it is with all experiential education programs. We look forward to an informative session of respectful, engaging discourse on a complex set of issues next week.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Sign-ups are currently open and will close Tuesday, November 3rd so please sign up before then. You can sign-up via PTCFast.
If you need additional details please refer to the emails sent by Ryan Wheat on October 21st and October 26th.
Dr. Benjamin’s Jewish Studies Class Performs The Dybbuk
Do the dead go at night to pray in synagogues? Do the dead, like the living, hear everything that people say to them when they come to their graves? Do dead people ever come back to ask for something to be put right that had been left undone, or…
From student Co-Directors Laila Kleinberg and Roni Gal-Oz we are excited to announce a student showcase! History Teacher and Trivia mastermind Mr. Linden will be MC-ing this fun filled evening on:
Nov 17, 2020 @ 6:30-7:30
The showcase will include a variety of pre-recorded & live performances, poetry, music, skits and MORE! Stay tuned for more information…you won’t want to miss this!
KEHILLAH FALL APPAREL – ORDER BEFORE NOVEMBER 16!
T-shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, hats, masks and stickers! Check it out now and place your order before the virtual doors close. Our online store now allows for your orders to be shipped directly to your home!
All proceeds go to the Kehillah Student Government.
STILL GOING ON: Drive for supplies to help the homeless 👐
Please consider bringing food items, socks, masks, toiletries, hand sanitizer, and other basic necessities. There will be a box on campus, where we will be collecting the supplies for a community service project to help the homeless.
The box will remain on campus during Kehillah B’Yachad programs.
Kehillah B’Yachad – Kehillah Together: DOG B’YACHAD!
Over the past few weeks it has been wonderful having students on campus! Both grade-level programming and open sessions have informed our decisions moving forward. Thank you for encouraging your children to attend as well as providing valuable input to help guide our decisions. Kehillah’s goal is to encourage the most engagement from our students and with that in mind, we have decided to enhance the format of the after-school activities and the grade-level programming.
We have updated the webpage for Kehillah B’Yachad to include all the upcoming schedules and information about programming (see tab Program Updates).
You can make a difference in helping our community continue to flourish!
In this unprecedented time of challenges, our staff, faculty, and community have come together (while apart) to make distance learning possible. Our after school program, Kehillah B’Yachad, is attracting more students each day. These are ongoing efforts that reflect the strength of our community, as a whole.
When we come together, we can do BIG THINGS but right now, we need your help.
There are many ways to support Kehillah Jewish High School through philanthropic giving. Your gift directly supports our students, faculty, and staff, and enables us to deliver on our mission.
Great news! We have already received donations and pledges from 100% of our Board. Please join them in supporting the school.
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of an anonymous donor your donations will be matched as follows:
Gifts from our Board, all new gifts, and gifts at or above $1800 will be matched 1:1
Grandparent and faculty/staff gifts will be matched 2:1