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Excursions

Our excursions are outside-the-classroom experiences where our students go places together and live Kehillah’s Four Commitments. From our all-school opening retreat (Kinnus) to our all-school Community Service Day, to each of our grade-level trips, excursions are the highlights of the year. Each excursion includes the Kehillah Service Learning Initiative, which helps students become citizens of the world who are socially aware and engaged, who desire and work for a more just and kind world, with their actions guided by compassion, critical thinking, and Jewish values. 

Kinnus (All-School Retreat)

The first days of the school year are dedicated to Kinnus, an all-school retreat. Kinnus means gathering in Hebrew. The days of Kinnus are focused on welcoming new students, bonding, games, and school spirit! Students will meet teachers, connect with peers in different grades, and form lasting bonds with their classmates in this fun-filled start of school. One evening is devoted to a local, senior class overnight.

Kehillah Community Service Day

During the first week of school, we dedicate one day after Kinnus to a community-wide Community Service Day. This is the day we all give back to our community with service learning opportunities at food banks, homeless shelters, warehouses, parks, and more throughout Bay Area. 

Class Trips

Every spring, each grade takes a unique educational trip. The four-year grade-level trip curriculum builds on our academic program through direct experience and exposure to diverse communities with an emphasis on students taking responsibility for their own learning.

9th Grade Class Trip to
Los Angeles

3/2/20 – 3/6/20
  • Hike in Griffith Park to see the Hollywood sign
  • Tour the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple
  • Observe a panel discussion on tolerance and social justice at the LA Museum of the Holocaust
  • See a comedy show
  • Take a gentrification tour of Downtown LA
  • Visit the Broad Museum of Modern Art
  • Volunteer at the Pico Union Project
  • Create portrait art led by a Mexican immigrant artist, Hedy Torres
  • Sing in a karaoke session with the homeless residents of Skid Row
  • Tour Homeboy Industries
  • Visit Safe Place for Youth, a homeless teen drop-in center
  • Have fun on Venice Beach
  • Eat a delicious Israeli food banquet
  • End the trip with a farewell campfire at the famous Dockweiler Beach

10th Grade Trip to

Portland, Oregon

(3/2/19 – 3/6/19)

  • Fun in the snow on Mt. Hood – skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and more.
  • Volunteering with Dignity Village, Zenger Farms, Habitat for Humanity – building, farming, and learning to use tools.
  • Hiking near Multnomah Falls
  • Meet with teens from Outside the Frame
  • Visit Powell’s books and other Portland landmarks
  • Meet with Tivnu Gap Year Fellows
  • Participate in late night food banks


11th Grade Class Trip to

Israel

(2/17/19 – 3/6/19)

  • Encounters with Israelis from a variety of backgrounds
  • Hiking Maktesh HaGadol
  • Geopolitical, graffiti and food walking tours
  • Floating in the Dead Sea
  • Shabbat at the Kotel in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
  • Service Learning opportunities with Leket, Yad Sarah, Save a Child’s Heart, and World Emunah
  • Camel riding
  • Delicious dinners in a Bedouin tent, Druze village, and at Dr. Shakshuka
  • Family and friend visit time
  • Volunteering with Druze peers learning about Druze culture and volunteering in northern towns

12th Grade Class Trip to
New York City

3/1/20 – 3/8/20
(Includes Multi-Day Overnight)
  • Visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • Immigration tours in the Bronx and Queens
  • Touring the Tenement Museum
  • Shabbat in Brooklyn with a variety of Jewish communities
  • See a Broadway show
  • Service Learning opportunities with Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Hebrew Union College
  • Free time in Central Park and Times Square

2017-18 Excursion Service Learning Highlights

  • Packed 2,700 lbs. of rice and 22,680 lbs. of cabbage packed at two food banks, picked produce to feed over 200 families at 2 farms
  • Built houses with Habitat for Humanity, constructed energy sources at Dignity Village, built crutches at Yad Sarah
  • Planted 20 trees in a state park, toured a recycling center, removed invasive species in Half Moon Bay
  • Learned about homelessness from young filmmakers from Outside the Frame, campaigned for San Francisco mayoral candidates, played with sick and at-risk children at Save a Child’s Heart and World Emunah