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SDJA Blog

Welcome to San Diego Jewish Academy’s weekly blog – as written by our Head of School, our School Heads – Preschool, Lower School, and Upper School, and Department Chairs.

Engaged, Accepted, Safe and Happy, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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As part of our commitment to self-improvement, we participate in the National High School Survey of Student Engagement, (HSSSE), every year. This Indiana University survey is administered to independent and public schools throughout the US and is focused on measuring how engaged students are in their academic learning, their interaction within the school and their […]

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On Thanksgiving, 2016, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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While Thanksgiving always falls on the 4th Thursday in November, this year’s break is coming at a particularly good time. The nervous energy that is everywhere around us after the election will continue to have an impact on all of us, regardless of where we stand on the issues or personalities. Having a week to […]

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Tzedakah, By Rachelle Jagolinzer, Director of Advancement

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SDJA’s community of parents, grandparents, students, alumni, trustees, staff, and friends has demonstrated a steadfast devotion to, and pride in, the Academy – a sentiment I share wholeheartedly. When I think about SDJA’s legacy, I think about its ethos – what so many of us refer to as “the SDJA difference.” It is ingrained in […]

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Words Matter, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Recently I noticed that I am listening very carefully when I’m meeting with teachers, parents and students. I want to get it right, and for that I need to hear every word. When I respond, I try not to use a pejorative or judgmental word unless it is absolutely necessary to make my point. And […]

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The Future of Education, By Kelley King, Head of Lower School

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Dear Parents,   During a recent visit to see my daughter in Manhattan a few weeks ago, we made the trip up to Bryant Park to spend some time in the New York Public Library’s recently re-opened Rose Reading Room. What a stark reminder of how much has changed since 1911! I snapped a few […]

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Sukkot, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Why do we sit in the Sukkah? The Talmud records a difference of opinion between Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Akiva. Rabbi Eliezer teaches that the sukkot of the desert experience were “clouds of glory,” which hovered over the Children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness. Rabbi Akiva disagrees saying,  “The sukkot were real […]

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Preparation, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Only a few hours remain until Rosh Hashanah. If you haven’t had the opportunity to prepare for the High Holidays, the time to start is now. Preparation – whether for children, parents or teachers – even if under a tight timeline, is essential for success in anything. Imagine yourself walking into the reception room of […]

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Field Trips, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Our high school students are away on field trips this week. Ninth graders will hike down –  and up – the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon, then hike the Narrows at Zion National Park and hike the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon. Our sophomores will visit some of the top universities in Southern California and […]

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A Personal Invitation, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Once a year the Jewish Community Federation puts together a special evening for all men in the SD Jewish Community. Called “Men’s Event,” this is an evening of schmoozing and meeting old and new friends, hearing from an outstanding and topical speaker, having a dinner of burgers, beer and such, and there is no cost […]

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Music, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Given the incredible pace of technological advances, it’s hard to know what the future will hold for our children.  That’s why its so important to teach children to see the world through multiple perspectives. Here at SDJA, we teach children a second language from kindergarten through 12th grade, believing that language proficiency can be the […]

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