eNews Update 9/25/2020
On Sunday night, Yom Kippur begins at sundown. The erev Yom Kippur (evening of Yom Kippur) service is called Kol Nidre after the legal declaration absolving everyone of their vows from the past year. The song is hauntingly beautiful and the image of everyone standing, traditionally wearing white, holding all of the Torah scrolls in front of the open ark (holy cabinet that holds the Torah scrolls) sets the stage for the 25 hours of Yom Kippur’s confessions, prayers, reflections, and atonement.
The song that started our KabShab today is a modern interpretation of the unetaneh tokef poem, a poem that is said on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. The line that is significant for me is “But repentance, prayer and righteousness avert the severe decree.” With our actions, we can change our fate. Here’s a link to the version by Leonard Cohen (z”l).
Another prayer unique to the Yamim Noraim (days of awe) is the vidui (confession). There are short and long versions, private and public versions. I invite you to think about this modern version, a Vidui for Racism, as our country reflects collectively. <MORE>
KPA Trivia Night
Save the date! Parent Trivia Night
Sunday, 10/25 – 7:30 – 8:45 pm
You’ve heard the buzz about student Trivia Tuesdays with Mr. Linden. Now it’s the parents’ turn to test their trivia knowledge! Mr. Linden has prepared a special set of trivia challenges for the parents. Please sign up here if you’d like to participate in a night of pub-style trivia.
We will assign teams in order to best facilitate helping parents get to know each other, either in grade- or cross-grade level teams, depending on participation. Parents in the same household will be assigned to the same team unless otherwise requested.
Questions? Contact Andi Barnett (Jonah, ‘23)
Women in Science Club hosts first guest
October 7th at 2 the Women in Science Club will be having their first speaker. An astrobiologist named Lynn Harper will be coming to speak to us. If you are interested in coming please email me so I can send you the link.
Favorite quote: Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new-Albert Einstein
Favorite food: Homemade challah
TV Show: The Mentalist
Book you adore: Every House Needs a Balcony, By Rina Frank
Favorite singer: Elton John
Favorite drink: Cappuccino
Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert: Ambivert
Favorite holiday: Rosh Hashana
This morning, KabShab took a long, worthy look at the life and impact of Justice Ginsberg. Students and teachers alike shared deeply meaningful perspectives on her legacy.
“Though, at 87 years old after a remarkable and well-lived life, during Rosh Hashana 5780, RBG may have been sealed in the book of death. However she was given until the very last day of 5780 to survive. To me, this feels significant.” -Cody Bahir
Ms. Ratledge lead a moving talk around the impact RBG had, “Justice Ginsburg saw it as her life’s work to erase the functional difference between women and men in society, and that “everybody should be on equal footing in the eyes of the law.” Quoting Princeton history professor, Cornel West, on his eloquent exemplification of Ginsburg’s work in the courtroom and on the bench, “To accept your country without betraying it you must love it for that which shows what it might become. America–this monument to the genius of ordinary men and women, this place where hope becomes capacity, this long, halting turn of the ‘no’ into the ‘yes’ –needs citizens who love it enough to re-imagine and remake it.” <MORE>
KPA Gives us ALL a sweet New Year!
Super BIG THANKS to our wonderful KPA volunteers who came out to make a 🍯Rosh Hashana 🍎 drive through happen! There are more gift bags at the school (enough for ALL of our families!) and you can pick yours up in the coming week. No need to miss out!
We are so grateful to our fabulous community for their amazing efforts 💖!