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Connecting Jewish Studies to the World

Reading Micah Levin’s recent opinion piece, “The irrelevance of day school Jewish studies, and how to fix the problem,” brought a smile to my face (despite the clickbait title). It reminded me of when I first started teaching around twenty...

Fred Brown: Current Pandemic Insights

On Sunday, 1/10/21 Fred Brown, a member of our Head's Pandemic Advisory Team gave his second talk to the Harvard Business School. His slides are attached. Click to view PDF version of Fred Brown's full slide deck.     The...

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Just the facts, Historically Speaking Podcast informs with an unbiased voice

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Deep Dives: Passion Projects 2020-2021

{{ vc_btn: title=SIGN+UP+NOW&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fforms.gle%252FQkk9fCGr8CebDKrb9 }} In a typical year we would be communicating with our community about the exciting excursions students would be embarking on this spring. In true 2020 fashion, this is not a typical communication.  As I’m sure you...

Lunch Lounge & Couchside Coffee Portal

Click the button below to register for Lunch Lounge. TUES, 12-1PM {{ vc_btn: title=Lunch+Lounge&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fzoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtJMscOCurTgjH9ZmI0G-NlFxMxrXT9fKfMWS%2520%7C%7C%7C }} Click the button below to register for Couchside Coffee. THUR, 9-10AM {{ vc_btn: title=Couchside+Coffee&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fzoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtJAlf-ugrz4vHdAa5Zloxt0yR81-np4grtg0%7C%7C%7C }} Ongoing Tuesdays & Thursdays We continue to come together for our...

KJHS Zoom Etiquette Tips

Our creative students & faculty came together to create this ever-so-helpful Zoom etiquette guide. Maybe you've exhausted your requests for cameras to be on, maybe you've heard one too many chewing sounds or maybe you're just ready for a chuckle...

Kehillah Conversations Archives

{{ vc_btn: title=WELCOME+INFO&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fkehillah.org%252Fadmissions%252Fwelcome%252F }} {{ vc_btn: title=VIRTUAL+OPEN+HOUSE&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttp%253A%252F%252Fvirtual.kehillah.org%252F }} Kehillah Conversation from the Archives In this edition of Kehillah Conversations from the Archives, current students Ben Gervin, Danielle Bruce, Anne Friedman, Kelly Loza, Henry Kofman, and Daniel Mendelevitch reflect on their...

A reading and celebration of the final chapbook projects by Seniors in Dr. Benjamin’s Creative Writing: Poetry

Featuring: Rachel Berman, Willow Dodd, Tahlia Fehl, Ariella Frenkel, Anne Friedman, Annie Pellant, and Sage Ugras Beautiful Senior poetry readings and the Q&A that followed

Faculty Feud Friday!!!

We need to talk... or rather FEUD! We don't have a ton of opportunities to get together in a casual FUN way and this Friday's game night is a chance to do just that, rather then read something where I...

Virtual Hanukkah Candle Lighting, together while apart

Beginning Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 4:30pm and continuing through the holiday Join members of our Jewish Studies Department and others as we light the menorah candles together. We say the blessings, light the candles, sing some songs and share...

Kehillah hosts Dr. Michael Thompson for a conversation on Parenting in the Pandemic

On Monday, December 7th, Kehillah hosted Dr. Michael Thompson for a conversation, Parenting in the Pandemic. Psychologist, child development expert, and NYT bestselling author, Dr. Thompson has worked with more than 700 schools and parent communities around the world. We welcomed...

Kehillah applauds pioneering Eagle Scout Sarah Mester ’21

Sarah in the Kehillah garden she remodeled, planted and championed! I first met Sarah Mester as she entered my office with a big idea about re-doing our school garden. Her vision and enthusiasm were backed with a drive that was...

Kehillah’s Study Haven creates a comfortable space for in-person academic support

Study Haven is an opportunity for students to study alone or with socially distanced friends in a relaxing, fresh-air environment ON CAMPUS!   Help is available to students in the subject/skill areas of math, history, English, research, and writing! This...

Kehillah Hanukkah 2020

A Hanukkah Message By Dr. Benjamin We celebrate two miracles on Hanukkah, miracles that sometimes seem at odds with each other. The first is a guerrilla uprising against occupation and forced assimilation. In the late 2nd century BCE, the Hellenistic...

Thanksgiving Assembly 2020-2021, a Kehillah tradition continued in remote times

We are pleased to share some of the written works and performances from our recent assembly. Our Thanksgiving Assembly is always a time of overwhelming positivity. The holiday is a chance for reflection and gratitude and we are so thankful...

Kol Hakavod to Kehillah 2011 Alumna Emma Goss, featured in the current JWeekly

Kehillah Alum Emma Goss was one of the creative young people mentioned in the current JWeekly! Emma's journalism career was put on hold to care for her mom during the pandemic but we are THRILLED to hear that mom, Valerie,...

Israel Club gets cookin’

Latke Time! Israel Club shared this video (below), some pics and their cookbook with us. Take a look at what Noga, Ronit and the rest of the club members stirred up then try some of the recipes at home! Click...

Kehillah Testing Information COVID19

Kehillah hosted COVID19 testing will be on: December 2, 2020 -and- December 16, 2020 You will also need to complete the following forms: • COVID-10 IgG Antibody and/or • RT-PCR Test Request Form • Authorization to Disclose COVID19 Diagnosis or...

Campus Information Update

CAMPUS INFO VIEW CHART Dear Kehillah, Here we go again. Back in the Purple Tier. Even though this feels like a big step backwards, we continue to plan for a greater reopening on campus as early as January 18th (depending...

Kehillah Theater Showcase: November 17th!

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eNews Update 11/13/2020

Dear Kehillah, At the top of last week's eNews was -of course- the election. In the tidal wave of information around this particularly attention-getting event we quietly celebrated a victory for one former Kehillah History Teacher, Chris Chiang. Mr. Chiang...

Challah and Hakarat HaTov (“Recognizing the Good”)

Challah and Hakarat HaTov (“recognizing the good”) Kehillah’s second Virtual Challah Bake!   As we near Thanksgiving, we invite you to join our second-ever virtual challah bake and Shabbat gathering. We’ll be braiding challah, chatting, singing Shabbat songs, and sharing...

eNews Update 11/6/2020

Dear Kehillah, I can only start this weeks eNews by addressing both the elephant and the donkey in the room. Our Election Beit Midrash programming was such a welcomed departure from the chaos of the current political climate. We enjoyed...

Listen & Learn Tour Announcement

Dear Kehillah, In a normal year… How many times these days do we start our sentences with those four words? This is anything but a normal year and, therefore, not a normal transition as your new Head of School. That said,...

Henry Shane, Class of 2021, participated in March 4 the Future, with fellow student activists in San Francisco

Henry Shane, on the left, along with other student activists from across the SF Bay area and Peninsula. SF Examiner Article        |        SF Chronicle Article On Sunday, November 1, 2020 Henry and other inspired youth...

eNews Update 10/30/2020

Dear Kehillah Parents and Students, 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...

Spooky stories with our Dean of Jewish Studies…..

Cody Bahir, Ph.D. shares with us at KabShab May your Halloween be just spooky enough!

Dr. Benjamin’s Jewish Studies Class Performs The Dybbuk

Moments from The Dybbuk THE DYBBUK Program Notes       Click to view The Dybbuk Program Do the dead go at night to pray in synagogues? Do the dead, like the living, hear everything that people say to them when...

eNews Update 10/23/2020

Test your knowledge at KPA Parent Trivia Night SIGN UP: Friday, Oct 23, 2020 before 5pm! It's going to be all-out knowledge warfare to establish (in an extremely silly and non-competitive environment) the trivia champion of the Kehillah parents and...

Kehillah “Tzadikim” shoutouts, looking at the good around us

In Parshat Noach this week, we learn that Noach is righteous, blameless in his generation. The rabbis debate if Noach was the best of a generation about to be wiped from the face of the earth or actually a righteous...

Kehillah Fall Apparel 2020 – Order before Monday, November 16!

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Student Voice and Agency

On October 8th, I was joined by six students for a candid and wide-ranging conversation on Kehillah's culture and values.  As these students shared reflections on their own experiences, I was struck by the frequency with which the themes of...

eNews Update 10/16/2020

Parent/Teacher Conferences! November 5th and 6th (via Zoom) You will be receiving an email from Ryan Wheat on Wednesday, October 21st with instructions on how to sign-up for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Signups will begin on Monday, October 26th. Kehillah B'Yachad - Kehillah Together: Fresh air, friends...

Kehillah B’Yachad Wednesday Grade-Level Programming

Each Wednesday two grade levels will have an opportunity to meet on campus. Wednesdays will begin with 30 minutes of time for the class to do grade specific programming, and then the students will have the remaining 60 minutes to...

Fever-Free App Information

Download the Fever Free App at the Apple Store or on Google Play:     How to submit a Health Check: Open the Fever Free app and tap "Submit Health Check" at the top of the screen. Grant camera and...

eNews Update 10/9/2020

Kehillah Students National Merit Recognition for 2020 It is with great pride that we celebrate these outstanding individuals! Our National Merit Semi-Finalist: Julia Isaac Our National Merit Commended Students: Ilan Eisenberg Daniel Mendelevitch Jasper Wood National Merit awards recognize outstanding...

Head’s Pandemic Advisory Team

HPAT Meeting With Expert Panel In August, our Head of School, Daisy Pellant, convened her advisory team. They represent a diverse range of expertise and will provide guidance during our time managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. Fred Brown --  Pandemic...

PSAT Update for 2020-2021

Fall 2020 PSAT (Information for Sophomores and Juniors)  In an ordinary year we would host the PSAT on campus for sophomores and juniors in October. Given the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, gathering all of the sophomores and juniors...

October-December Campus Information

Dear Kehillah, Thank you for your patience as we continue our planning for the next step toward bringing students back on campus. In July we shared our plans for a hybrid model for our program. As the school year began,...

Simkhat Torah – Take a moment and join the dance.

Now is the season of joy - In the aftermath of the days of introspection, we borrow clothes, go out and dance (well, perhaps zoom into music and dance in our living rooms), and create a space to live that...

Sign Up Kehillah B’Yachad – Kehillah Together!

Upace App Info https://kehillah.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SignUp.mp4 1 . How do I create an account? First, download “upace” on the app store or google play store. Click “Create Account” and fill out the required information. Select “Login” and start. 2. I forgot my...

Community and Culture

Our Kehillah Conversations series will resume tomorrow evening with a talk focused on the role students play in shaping our school’s community and culture.  Kehillah students Ben Gervin, Danielle Bruce, Anne Friedman, Kelly Loza, Henry Kofman, and Daniel Mendelevitch will…

Learning to learn

Last Thursday we kicked off our Kehillah Conversations series with a conversation with Head of School Dr. Daisy Pellant as she shared personal and scholarly insights on the nature and purpose of learning.  Dr. Pellant’s remarks set the stage for…

Our National Merit Scholar Nominees for 2020

It is with great pride that we celebrate these outstanding individuals!   Our National Merit Semi-Finalist:     Julia Isaac    Our National Merit Commended Students:     Ilan Eisenberg   Daniel Mendelevitch   Jasper Wood   National Merit awards...

eNews Update 10/2/2020

Dear Kehillah, On Friday night, the weeklong holiday of Sukkot begins. Sukkot is the third of three pilgrimage/harvest holidays in the Jewish tradition (Passover and Shavuot are the other two). The symbolism of the hut built to celebrate this holiday...

Sukkot 2020 – Coming together while apart

May this season truly be z'man simchateinu, a time of our joy.  On Friday night, the weeklong holiday of Sukkot begins. Sukkot is the third of 3 pilgrimage/harvest holidays in the Jewish tradition (Passover and Shavuot are the other two)....

Tonight’s Kehillah Conversation for Prospective Families

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at 6:30 this evening for our inaugural Kehillah Conversations event.  This weekly program is designed to bring prospective families into conversation with some of the people - faculty, students, parents, alumni, and others...

Head’s Pandemic Advisory Team: An Evening for Questions & Answers

We’ve set aside this evening for you to submit questions to our expert advisory team.  DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020 TIME: 6:30-8:00 {{ vc_btn: title=REGISTER+FOR+ZOOM&size=lg&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fzoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtJEod--hrj0oGtDIEj1wi1WhcXDwr8nGMKCx%2520%7C%7C%7C }} HPAT Panel for this meeting: In August, our Head of School, Daisy Pellant, convened...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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. Art by Bijou Karman   "Though, at 87 years old after a remarkable...