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Mitigating Risk

What We’re Doing We’ve been working all summer to prepare our building for teachers, staff, and students to return. We are following the guidelines of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Management (ISM), our California Association of...

Kehillah Textbook List 2020-2021

Below is a list of classes and the textbooks needed, click a tab to view different subjects, click the book title to purchase. If you have any questions, please contact Talia Anders. *Scroll down for Visual and Performing Arts. EnglishHistoryJewish...

Welcome to the Couchside Coffee Portal

Click the button below to register. {{ vc_btn: title=Couchside+Coffee&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fus02web.zoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtZEkd-ChrTgjE9IDGFQ386nZBb0VxqbxDEv2%7C%7C%7C }} Don't miss our next Couchside Coffee! Notes from our 7/30/20 conversation: Above are some of the topics that came up during our latest discussion. If you weren't able to join,...

Directions to Campus

Thank you for signing up. We are looking forward to your visit! Parking Information: The parking lot is located behind the school. Our school looks like an office building. There is one entrance to the parking lot which is a...

Kehillah Athletics 2020-2021 Information

Dear Kehillah Families, We hope that you are having a wonderful Summer! This message will be covering the updates from the athletics department, and a few hopeful options that we are exploring for the upcoming school year. For the ease...

Flex Day 2020-2021

Flex Day is an institutional response to parent and student survey feedback about the impact of excessive screen time during distance learning last spring and the importance of designated time for community building. This year, Wednesdays will provide essential opportunities…

Lunch 2020-2021

Our longtime wonderful chef, Hillary, retired this summer and we wish her the very best. Due to this in combination with the changeable nature of an on-campus presence this year, we are asking students to bring a pack lunch when/if...

Risk Management/Leadership

NAIS Risk Management Legal Considerations for Reopening Generative Thinking: How Boards Can Pivot from Crisis Management to Innovation Leadership, Crisis Communications, and Strategic Planning During COVID-19  Playing the Long Game: Using What We Know to Strengthen Our Schools Just Ask...

Health/Safety Guidelines and Resources

AAP guidelines on reopening Decision Tool SCC Public Health Social Distancing Protocol California Department of Public Health Santa Clara County guidance Interim Guidance on School Reopening  CDC Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting OSHA Guidance to Returning to Workplace Covid-19 Safe...

Academic/Reopening Planning

ORIAS slidedeck and webinar Finalsite Slides and webinar Opening Schools in Light of COVID19 Tech Republic Signage vendor for space planning 9 ways distance learning should look different  Education Elements 5 Radical Ideas For Schooling During Coronavirus : NPR How...

Educational Organizations

NAIS resource digest  Independent School Management (ISM) CALISBOA Beyond Survival: Reimagining (NAIS) Johns Hopkins Analysis of School Reopening Plans NAIS Snapshot Surveys NAIS Covid-19 Resources

Kehillah Resources Page

Click on the tabs below to view the resource linksFamily ResourcesFamily Resources COVID-19 | Resources for Remote Learning Supporting Families During COVID-19 Quick Guide: What California parents and students should know about the coronavirus COVID-19 Parent Resources Coronavirus and Learning...

FAQs

Q: After exploring all models, why choose hybrid? A: A hybrid model aligns most closely with our guiding principles.   Q: What is the safe capacity of the school building without modulars? A: 170 -- This was calculated using 6’8”...

Alignment with Considerations

• Students are split alphabetically (to keep families on the same schedule) into A/B groups. • Alternating weekly -- A group on campus, in person/ B group off campus, remote. • When remote, students will have a combination of “zooming...

Considerations for Designing the Schedule

The 2020-2021 schedule includes 10 academic blocks with classes meeting twice per week. The schedule will remain the same whether Kehillah is running a hybrid or a distance learning model. Students will be fully engaged in learning and experiential education...

Welcome to the Town Hall Portal

Check back for upcoming Town Halls REGISTER HERE: {{ vc_btn: title=Town+Hall&align=center }} We hope you can connect with us at some point. This is a great community and we don't want you to miss the topics and resources that are...

Kehillah Summer Prep 2020

After the most challenging five months of our educational careers, we are particularly excited to meet your children in August for Summer Prep 2020 week. We chose this profession because we believe in building relationships with students, guiding them through...

Health Notice – UPDATE 7/20/2020

Dear Kehillah, As you may know, the news from Governor Newsom’s office on Friday mandates that Santa Clara County be off of the watch list for 14 consecutive days before Kehillah is allowed to open our school building to any...

Reopening Plans for 2020-2021

Thank you to our community for your patience during this unprecedented time. We also want to thank our Board of Directors for their support and consultation. Most importantly, we want to thank our task forces for literally thousands of hours...

Health Notice – UPDATE 7/1/2020

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Daisy Pellant reached out with her first communication to our community. In case you missed it, we've included it below:   Dear Kehillah, This is my first communication with you on my first official day...

Successfully Executed Senior Projects in a Distance Learning, Digital-Only World – by the Kehillah Staff and Class of 2020

Distance learning meant finding new ways to do daily lessons as well as finding creative ways to facilitate so many other things that we do during the course of a normal school year. Our faculty championed so many creative alternatives...

A Message to Our Community – “The first of our Four Commitments means we at Kehillah hold, unequivocally, that Black lives matter.”

This message was both emailed to our community and read live at our virtual gala on June 4th, 2020.   "The first of our Four Commitments means we at Kehillah hold, unequivocally, that Black lives matter. As educators, as Americans,...

Some Good News (SGN) – Kehillah Edition

Inspired by John Krasinski’s feel-good web series ‘Some Good News’ (SGN), seniors, Michelle Zemlyak and Caroline Kramer, produced a “SGN – Kehillah Edition” video for their senior project. It’s a wonderful version peeking into the amazing things our beloved Kehillah…

🏆🏆🏆 For the 3rd year in a row, Kehillah has won Moot Beit Din! (Jewish moot court)

Big news! For the 3rd year in a row, Kehillah has won Moot Beit Din! (Jewish moot court) Kol HaKavod to Sawyer Anderson (‘20), Yuval Mazor (‘22), Noga Rafalin (‘23), and Dahlia Soussan (‘21). This year, 27 teams from 19...

Seniors of Kehillah – A Senior Project by Michelle Zemlyak and Caroline Kramer

Inspired by Brandon Stanton's photoblog, Humans of New York, we decided to pay tribute to the senior class of Kehillah by giving them an opportunity to shine and remind the world that no matter what obstacles may come their way,...

Celebrating the Class of 2020 – Lawn Signs and Grad Gear Delivered! (photos)

A huge THANK YOU to all of the faculty and staff who delivered lawn signs and graduation gear to each senior! Just another way our community supports each other, even while apart. ❤️

2019-2020 Sports Wrap Up – Rams Rocked!

Congratulations to all our amazing athletes! We're thrilled to share this piece created by Coach Greenfield, the below video is a celebration of all of our athletes accomplishments. The sweat they invested in their various athletic pursuits paid off in...

2019-2020 Winter Sports Awards

Boys JV Basketball Awards Girls JV Basketball Awards Boys Varsity Basketball Awards Girls Varsity Basketball Awards

Author and Former Member of the Knesset, Dr. Einat Wilf, Speaks with Kehillah

Kehillah Israel Club hosted an event with politician and former Member of Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) Dr. Einat Wilf. Dr. Wilf is a leading political voice in Israel, a Zionist thinker, and an author. We were so lucky to have...

Remember her name: Chloe Madeline, class of 2021, is a pop star on the rise – J Weekly Article

Walking into the music studio at Kehillah means arriving to the sweet sound of students jamming as Mr. Romero guides the talented teens in one helpful way or another. Often the music emanates from elsewhere, from a nook, down a...

Virtual Challah Bake w/Bubbies and Zaydes of Kehillah ❤️🌍🙏 #whyilovekehillah

Last Friday, just before Shabbat started, Kehillah hosted a virtual challah braiding event on Zoom. Savtas, bubbies, zaydes, students, staff, teachers, parents, children, and siblings joined in from near and far. We shared stories, laughed, traded braiding and recipe secrets,…

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Kehillah Apparel – DIY Edition!

Attention DIY-ers! This is a hub for all of your at-home swag needs. Below you'll see downloaded pdfs with some sweet designs to put on your garment of choice. We've included logos that work on dark or light colors and...

Update: Grades and Finals

      Dear Kehillah Families, We hope this note finds your family well.  Before Passover Break, we communicated that Kehillah’s campus will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.  This letter is to communicate some important…

🌍 Earth Day at Kehillah – Student Art Contributions and More

Student Art Contributions: The use of typography can be lyrical in a sense that the font, the spacing, and the way flow can be hand designed much like a throwback to the letterpress days. The students in Digital Design class...

Teachers Brighten Class of 2020’s Spirits with Super Dance Moves #whyilovekehillah (video)

The senior class trip leaders recently posted a video to help lift spirits. Their enthusiastic dance moves, interspersed with some of the highlight photos of the Senior trip, along with a message to keep their "chins up" was well-received on...

Passover 2020: An old tradition with new importance

Maestra Strafelda's class chose something extra to put on their seder table and this is what they said: "A lemon, because even though they are sour they can be made into something sweet" "Candy, because I am sweet and it...

Distance Learning Success

Kehillah is not just a building, it's a community. As schools across California braced for the impact of remote learning, we found our staff, ready, willing, and able to make the shift. Kehillah Zoom classes quickly took flight and our...

Your 2020-2021 Officials

Henry Kofman TREASURER Avi Kahn COMMUNICATION Julia Dubovoy SOCIAL ACTION Dahlia Soussan JEWISH LIFE COMMISSIONER Tahlia Fehl STUDENT LIFE COMMISSIONER Laila Kleinberg PRESIDENT

KPA Delivers a BIG Box of Gratitude 🙏

Last Sunday, the staff at Kehillah were given gorgeous boxes of fresh, local veggies from our wonderful KPA! Organized thoughtfully as a drive-thru pick-up situation, our staff and their families now have one less grocery trip to worry about. Thank…

Shabbat Message from Rabbi Kleinberg – Ways to remain calm, find joy, and stay connected. ❤️🙏🌎

Dear Kehillah, In times like this, the right words are often hard to come by, so I am grateful for the words of others. Here are some prescient ones from Mary Oliver: Don’t Hesitate (2012) If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel...

Distance Learning Program for Instructional Continuity will remain operational until Friday, May 1st

Dear Kehillah, We hope this communication finds you well in the midst of the current health crisis. We are grateful to have heard from countless parents expressing gratitude for our Distance Learning Program for Instructional Continuity. We know you all…

Your Vote Matters! – Student Government Elections 2020

First and foremost we want to note that Kehillah, its faculty and administration, do not endorse any candidate. Each of these uniquely amazing individuals is an asset to our school. With that said, we offer this comprehensive page to you,...

Excursions Epilogue – Class Trips 2020

"Life is either a daring adventure or Nothing at all" - Helen Keller Kehillah students enjoyed a variety of adventures this March, as Seniors took a jaunt to New York, the Juniors trekked all the way to Israel, the Sophomores...

Mandolin Mondays with Mr. Romero – Another Reason #whyilovekehillah

Finding more and more ways to stay connected during social distancing. Thanks to Mr. Romero, Kehillah music teacher, for starting Mandolin Mondays. A much-needed break during lunchtime to lift our spirits.

A Message from Rabbi Kleinberg: What a Week

Dear Kehillah, What a week. What I’m grateful for: I am grateful for our students for being so brave at this time, for showing up for Zoom classes, and for being there for one another. I am grateful for our…

Connected: Jewish Wisdom in a Time of Isolation – LIVE Learning with Rabbi Kleinberg

Please join Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D. Thursdays @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST Join Rabbi Kleinberg, Head of School at Kehillah Jewish High School, for this weekly opportunity (Thursdays) to gather, pause, and learn together. Drawing on our shared...

Virtual KabShab Karaoke Session – Cutest #EpicFail Ever

View this post on Instagram During virtual KabShab, over 200 kehillah students and staff sang LEAN ON ME karaoke. It is by far the cutest epic fail ever. ❤️🎤🎶 (SOUND ON FOR FULL EFFECT) - - - #whyilovekehillah #kabshab #shabbatshalom🙏...

Distance Learning Plan Extended Until 4/7/2020

Dear Kehillah, By now, many of you are likely aware that residents of the Bay Area, including Santa Clara County, are being directed to ‘shelter in place’ for the next three weeks. Given this new development, our Distance Learning Plan…