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Shavuot Dvar Torah: Revelation through Built Intimacy 

By: Shifra Elman, Jewish Studies Teacher In a post-agrarian society, the rabbis connected the holiday of Shavuot to the Israelites receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai. The classic telling in Exodus 19 reads as follows: Moshe goes up the mountain,...

Kehillah Response to Uvalde

GRIEF AND MOURNING: THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF UVALDE As we learn about the most recent school shooting in the US, it's perfectly understandable to feel frustrated and angry at how little seems to have changed to prevent these atrocities from...

Experiential Education Galleries: 2022

LEARNING BEYOND A BUILDING Kehillah is dedicated to creating a community of learners, acknowledging that this is achieved differently for individuals and that experiences outside of the classroom can be pivotal in growth and development. Our Experiential Education programming consisted...

Yom Ha’azmaut 2022

Yom Ha'azmaut 2022 was a celebration that could almost be considered a carnival! We had games, food, face-painting and more to observe Israel's Independence Day this year - enjoy the recap below.

Yom HaZikaron 2022

Yom HaZikaron, in full Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma'arakhot Yisrael ul'Nifge'ei Pe'ulot HaEivah, is Israel's official remembrance day, enacted into law in 1963. While Yom HaZikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has also been extended to civilian victims...

The Salon Presents: KEHILLA LA LA

KEHILLA LA LA 2022 A Sketch Comedy Series Created by Students for Faculty The Salon is a student-run theater program that began in 2021. Started with the intention to offer a continued theater experience during remote times. The program continues...

Visual & Performing Arts Show 2022

VPA SHOW RECAP Artwork by Aidan Choi, Click to Enlarge   The Kehillah Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department presented works by talented students that have worked hard all year, in and out of their arts classes, to prepare for...

Kehillah Prom 2022

We are pleased to invite our Juniors and Seniors to a... Cut a rug with your favorite flappers & fellas at this swell soiree for the Junior & Senior class. {{ vc_btn: title=DANCE+FORM&style=gradient&gradient_color_1=chino&gradient_color_2=black&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fkehillah.org%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2022%252F04%252FDance_Guest_Pass_19-20-1.pdf }}{{ vc_btn: title=TICKETS&style=gradient&gradient_color_1=chino&gradient_color_2=black&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.eventbrite.com%252Fe%252Froaring-20s-prom-2022-tickets-329334918607 }} The evening will...

A Light-Hearted Passover Intro by our JLC

How do you present Jewish holidays in an intentional, meaningful, and inclusive way?  This year, for Passover, our JLC (Jewish Life Committee) put together a celebratory and fun Seder experience for Kehillah students as we went "back to fancy" in...

The Meaning of Freedom: Passover Reflection

Ritual and Order "Josh, do you remember leaving Egypt?"  "Dude, what are you talking about? I visited Egypt years ago, when I was in college."  "No, seriously, do you remember leaving Egypt? ... Don't you know what it says in...

Passover Pop-Up

How We Tell Our Stories: Reflection through a Passover Lens  Educational pop-up for the community (on Zoom)   Recorded Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 5:00PMGuests Joined Josh Krug, Director of Jewish Life & Learning, for this pop-up event in anticipation...

Bridge Club Tournament 2022

♦️ Bridge ♣️ High-School ♠️ Championship ♥️: 🃏 One day, 36 boards, and 6 Kehillah students: Ian, Talia, Jordan, Yaara, Avi, and our fearless leader, Olivia!!  Well done!

When to Toot Your Own Horn; Mr. Quartuccio shares how two Kehillah Students Re-Crafted Piazzolla’s Libertango

Pictured above: Stuart Kerr & Ben Gervin, in the midst of creating! When Mr. Romero shared that two students were creating something special in Mr. Q's class, excitement bubbled and the story had to be shared. Below, read the answers...

Kehillah Giving Back & the Importance of Matanot L’evyonim

The residents and staff of Lifemoves Mountain View were touched to receive a lovely meal and beautiful decorative paper flowers from members of the Kehillah community this past Sunday.  Thank you to the Kehillah students, staff and parents who cooked...

Kehillah Theatre Presents: The Addams Family

When you’re an Addams… Music by Andrew Lippa Book by Marshall Brickman & ‎Rick Elice The Addams Family is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas,...

Kehillah Student Government 2022

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,...

Pi Day 2022: Math-a-licious

What is round, sweet, and has a ratio of 3.1415 between the circumference and diameter?   A donut of course. This last Monday was PI day. Thanks to the date notation of writing March-14 as 3.14, this day is celebrated in many math...

Esther-ical Purim Carnival – Kehillah 2022

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Purim – How Does a Revenge Plot Turn into a Carnival?

Purim Torah By: Joseph Gindi, Jewish Studies Teacher {{ vc_btn: title=PURIM+CARNIVAL+PHOTO+GALLERY&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fkehillah.org%252Festher-ical-purim-carnival-kehillah-2022%252F }} Purim, which takes place on the 25th of the Hebrew month of Adar (this year March 17th), contains tremendous complexity and contradiction. The narrative story describes survival of...

Women’s History Month 2022

The month of March is recognized around the world as Women's History Month. This is a day to both celebrate and learn about the achievements of women globally, while also advocating for further gender equity. As always, you can learn...

Connecting with Our Extraordinary Alumni: Career Day 2022

Kehillah alumni came out to share their experiences with the current graduating class. Each of them shared their contact info with the students to continue the conversation beyond the classroom. All of them were authentic, inspiring, and delightful and we...

Reflective Practice March 3, 2022: Processing World Events and Holding Space for Ukraine

“Who knows, perhaps you have attained a special position for just such a crisis!?”  Mordechai to Esther in Megilat Esther (Esther 4:14)  Are we put in certain situations in order to pursue justice?  This past Thursday, our community came together...

In a Time of War, “A Prayer for Peace” and “One Day”

Kehillah Reflection By Dr. Josh Krug, Director of Jewish Life and Learning   I remember, after a presidential election some years ago, my dad told me that this was not the country that he and my mom hoped it would...

Twos-Day Trivia & Game Night

TWOS-Day Trivia — RECAP 2-22-22! Kehillah students and faculty joined Stu Gov and Mr. Linden for a very special 2-22-22 Twos-Day Trivia IN PERSON! If you missed it, enjoy the recap below along with the results of the week-long raffle...

Angels, Giants, & Metatron Oh MY!

Via Cody Bahir, Dean of Jewish Studies: The presentation is the culmination of a group research project, where students have to trace the evolution of the belief in a mythical creature through pre-Biblical, Biblical, Apocryphal, and Rabbinic literature. These creatures...

“All the world’s a stage…” Shakespeare through the Halls of Kehillah

On February 15, 2022, the Theater 2 class performed Free Shakespeare in the Halls of Kehillah, a “walk-thorough” collection of Shakespeare’s most beloved monologues and soliloquies, to an enthusiastic crowd of students and staff. This performance was the culmination of...

Kehillah Athletics News

The Latest Sports Updates Another busy week for the Kehillah basketball teams! We started the week on Sunday with our annual rivalry games against JCHS in the Golden Tallis games. It was a great atmosphere at Kezar Pavilion, and while...

Names and History: Carter Woodson, Black History Month, and the Ongoing Work of History 

Carter Woodson pictured here in his study. My full name is Joshua Scharf Krug. In Hebrew, when I am called up to the Torah, I identify myself as Yehoshua Ben Mordechai Ve’Aviva.    What is your name? What are the...

February Honors Inclusivity

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2022 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the day Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945 and commemorates "the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of...

Summer in January

CLICK TO VIEW SLIDES January 26, 2022 we’re hosting our Summer in January Fair. Students (and you) can learn about many opportunities including jobs, volunteer work, academic and travel programs, internships and more! Our virtual slideshow explains more, click the...

A Cool Time with the KPA at Winter Lodge

Our KPA did a wonderful job setting up an evening of skating for our whole community. Students, their families, and staff showed up and had a blast under twinkling lights, skating in the outdoor rink which was rented out entirely...

Taste of Torah

••• WEEKLY DRASH ••• Talkin' Torah ••• Parshat Ki Tisa Questions to Consider: What or who are the idols in our lives?  When are we like Moses, late in coming down the mountain?  When are we like Aaron, bullied into...

Observing Tu B’Shvat and MLK Day

Environmental Justice and the Jewish New Year for the Trees Artwork by Sergio Maciel and Provoke Culture One important principle of conservation: everything you do impacts others. Dr. King recognized that social justice could not be achieved without environmental justice...

Kristina Gibbs, of NASA AMES, Discusses Growing Plants in Space

Kristina GibbsDeputy DirectorDirector of International PartnershipsSolar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute Ms. Gibbs came to talk with students about the plant research she did in collaboration with scientists from Russia in the MIR station and plant experiments in the ISS...

The Nature of Time and Tu B’Shvat: Listening for the Demands of Now 

In memory of Julia Rodriguez, 37  Where were you and what did you feel in March 2020?  In the beginning of the pandemic, I was in Brooklyn, NY and I remember feeling afraid. For me, at that time, to feel...

Alumni Spotting: Harris Mowbray’s Philanthropic Efforts to Make Braille More Accessible

Kol Hakavod to this 2017 alum! His efforts are ongoing and we hope this garners the support it deserves. Increasing awareness for the need to have more Braille alphabets in a variety of languages benefits so many. Read more below...

Judaism 101 with Rabbi Dennis Eisner

Join us for this free series! THURSDAY EVENINGS - 7:30PM - 8:30PM All classes offered online. Mouse over images below to read descriptions and register to receive links. {{ vc_btn: title=REGISTER+HERE&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fus06web.zoom.us%252Fmeeting%252Fregister%252FtZAvceisrzMuH9YjgrWZ8xwRQ_51Y2vePuZx }} Register for the second course, Judaism 101—5,000 Years...

A New Déjà Vu?

Is it déjà vu if it is both the same and completely different? In any case, here we are again battling COVID-19. (I’m going to reward myself with a Peet’s mocha ☕ for not saying “unprecedented” in this blog post.) ...

Winter Concert 2021

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Homecoming Masquerade 2021!

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Homecoming 2021; Spirit Week, Pep Rally, and Upcoming Dance!

The best way to share our Homecoming Spirit Week 2021 adventures is in pictures! We started off the week with "Anything but a backpack" then "Anything but a student (dress as a teacher; shout out to Dr. Krug's minions), followed...

Theatre Students Explore Puppetry

Theater 1 students create Brown Paper Man puppets using the methodology of Gyre & Gimble, a celebrated Puppet Theatre Company from Great Britain. Brown Paper Man puppets, made from brown kraft paper, have a similar feel to Japanese Bunraku puppets....

A Puzzling Story

My mother has a habit of giving back gifts we give her. This is not regifting a few weeks or months later, it’s instantaneous rejection. My sister, Rachel, and I have learned not to take this personally. Growing up in...

The Salon Presents: Kehillah’s 2nd Annual Theater Showcase!

• MUSIC • PERFORMANCES • ENTERTAINMENT • Enjoy our recording of the Live-Streamed Event from DECEMBER 8, 2021 @ 4:00PM Last year's Showcase was AMAZING, even while remote! You can check it out below: {{ vc_btn: title=LAST+YEAR%27S+SHOWCASE&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fkehillah.org%252Fkjhs-theater-showcase%252F }}

Ms. Elman’s Class: Art History meets Jewish Studies

By Mayerli H Click to enlarge PDF This perek has fewer artistic depictions because there are a lot of conquests David achieved. In addition, God cannot be depicted in art, and this perek contains a lot about God. God was...

“The days of Chanukah are days of thanksgiving and praise” (Likutei Moharan 2:2)

...as we celebrate Chanukah and/or Thanksgiving this year, let us keep in mind that we are literally surrounded by miraculous occurrences for which we should be thankful. “The days of Chanukah are days of thanksgiving and praise” (Likutei Moharan 2:2)....

Kehillah is pleased to host this fun, free, and interactive event for educators:

Schools now understand the importance of applying the science of teaching & learning and the field of mind, brain, and education (MBE) to classroom practice. In MBE-aligned schools, the goal is for every student and every teacher to understand the...