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  • September 27, 2017

    Jewish Chef Forging a New Path

    Executive Cher Giselle Wellman is set to move in a new direction in the cooking world, and some lucky students will benefit from this.

  • June 7, 2017

    La Jolla’s Rabbi Graubart Joins SDJA!

    La Jolla’s Rabbi Graubart joins SDJA as their Chief Jewish Officer.

  • May 19, 2017

    SD Jewish Academy employee takes school message of charity to heart

    In his 20 years at San Diego Jewish Academy, head custodian Juan Suaste has learned a lot about Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

  • April 3, 2017

    SD Jewish Academy students make blankets for Israeli orphans

    San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) students are making blankets for the Lev LaLev Orphanage in Israel as part of Children Helping Children International’s BlanKids project. The plan is for SDJA students to make 95 blankets that will delivered in person by the seniors during their class trip to Israel.

  • February 9, 2017

    Israeli Ambassador offers advice to San Diego Jewish students

    Danny Danon, who was in town for another speaking engagement, was invited to speak to students from San Diego Jewish Academy, Torah High and Southern California Yeshiva High School, said San Diego Jewish Academy Head of School Chaim Heller.

  • September 29, 2016

    Heart to Heart: SDJA student devoted to helping Israeli orphans

    For her 11th birthday, Rancho Santa Fe’s Bella Silberstein decided she didn’t need any presents: she already felt blessed. Instead of gifts, the San Diego Jewish Academy sixth grader requested that guests of her Sept. 18 birthday party make a donation to Lev Lalev, a girls orphanage in Israel that she has been supporting for the past two years.

  • August 19, 2016

    SDJA’s Mayer twins take different paths

    The incoming San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) junior was at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan over the summer when he explained to his coach in a text message that he wouldn’t be returning to his starting nose tackle position.

  • May 27, 2016

    CIJE winners: Playing children can recharge cellphones

    Nearly 800 students from more than 40 Jewish day schools nationwide presented year-end capstone projects last week, exhibiting their engineering and problem solving skills as part of the CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program. CIJE Tech Young Engineers conferences were held recently in the 5 Towns, New York, Los Angeles and Southern Florida.

  • May 13, 2016

    Boys in the classroom: Why gender matters

    As a mother raising three active boys, Louise Robertson was frustrated by how she saw boys treated in the classroom.

  • May 6, 2016

    SDJA speaker: Nazis tortured and murdered his brother

    Born after World War II, Mark James knew that he had a dead older brother for whom he was named, but he said he never asked his parents about him because he didn’t want to cause them emotional distress.

  • April 4, 2016

    San Diego Jewish Academy grad now a Seattle Seahawk

    Free agent Drew Ferris, who was a long snapper at the University of Florida for three seasons, has been signed by the Seattle Seahawks to a three-year-contract. Ferris had been a high school graduate from San Diego Jewish Academy, and is the son of Walt and Pam Ferris.

  • November 30, 2015

    Fairy tale provides STEM lesson at San Diego Jewish Academy

    SDJA’s Golda Meir Lower School, the first elementary school in San Diego to adopt the science curriculum of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), has its students learning about design process and material science. They are exploring structure and function, and this is where the story of the Three Little Pigs comes to life.

  • November 6, 2015

    Shabbat San Diego: A memory to build upon

    Pride and unity were the themes of Shabbat San Diego that was held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22-24. There were such unforgettable sights and sounds as a Chabad rebbetzin teaching men, women and children to prepare challahs for baking while a Reform cantor provided entertainment.

  • October 30, 2015

    The art of the abstract: one artist’s story

    As a child, artist Brittany Segal was constantly drawing and painting, reveling in her own creations or the buildings designed by her father, architect Jonathan Segal.

  • October 3, 2015

    Rock Academy Warriors 36 at San Diego Jewish Academy Lions 48

    The San Diego Jewish Academy Lions were looking to move above the .500 mark, whereas the Rock Academy Warriors were looking to improve to an impressive 5-1 start to their season.

  • August 21, 2015

    Teammates help rebuild San Diego Jewish Academy football program

    During the spring of 2014, rumors flew around the SDJA campus that there would be no football team later that year. Heavy graduation losses, along with some attrition, helped fuel those rumors. For students already invested in the program, all it took was a simple head count to know the program’s outlook was grim

  • August 20, 2015

    San Diego Jewish Academy Celebrates Double Chai

    San Diego’s largest Jewish day school will mark its 36th anniversary in the 2015-2016 school year. The San Diego Jewish Academy, founded in 1979, plans to celebrate by introducing a series of academic initiatives.

  • July 17, 2015

    New mosaic in Torrey Hills to feature butterflies made by local children

    Torrey Hills Shopping Center has commissioned Carmel Valley mosaic artists Helen Segal and Barbi Dorfan to design and build a mosaic art installation at the center’s fountain, integrating 2,000 ceramic butterflies created by children at 10 local schools.

  • July 17, 2015

    Jewish Academy’s CFO gets down to business as new varsity football coach

    San Diego Jewish Academy earlier this year tapped Skip Carpowich, its CFO and chief operating officer, to coach its varsity football team.

  • June 12, 2015

    On packing that last lunch bag

    I made my final school lunch for my daughter yesterday. For sixteen years, I’ve made lunches for her. It all started with a simple brown paper bag.

  • June 12, 2015

    San Diego teen spurs girls to become feminist advocates

    Though most of the other students in the class were seniors or boys, Call was unfazed. But during a heated discussion, a classmate said, “No one cares about your opinion, Lily, you’re a girl.”

  • June 12, 2015

    San Diego teen empowers girls to become feminist advocates

    Lily Greenberg Call was always passionate about the political process. As a high school freshman, she looked forward to her class on international politics and guerrilla warfare.

  • June 12, 2015

    SDJA Preschool Teacher named Teacher of the Year

    San Diego Jewish Academy preschool teacher Beth Polek was named Teacher of the Year by the San Diego Association for the Education of Young Children.

  • June 12, 2015

    How Educational Leaders Can Inspire Students and Staff: A Conversation with Kelley King

    Kelley King has experienced education as a student, a teacher, a principal and an educational consultant.

  • June 12, 2015

    SDJA student wins federal stamp contest

    A second-grader at San Diego Jewish Academy recently won the annual nationwide competition for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • June 12, 2015

    SD Jewish Academy now enrolling ages 2-5 for preschool summer camp

    San Diego Jewish Academy’s new Early Childhood Center, which caters to children from 6 weeks to 5 years old, is now enrolling preschool children (2-5) in their Summer Camp.

  • June 12, 2015

    SDJA hosts book signing by teacher April 30

    San Diego Jewish Academy preschool teacher Leora Lazarus, known to children around San Diego as “Teacher Lee,” will appear at a book reading and signing April 30 to launch the first of her educational circle-time stories for young readers, hosted by the academy.

  • June 12, 2015

    SDJA Students and G’mach Spread Purim Cheer

    In the weeks leading up to Purim, students from the San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) and volunteers from G’mach—the San Diego Jewish Gift Closet, teamed up to deliver Purim gift baskets to Jewish families in San Diego who are experiencing financial and personal hardships. G’mach, a community partner of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, called upon students and their families to collect a variety of items, ranging from diapers and clothing, to toys and snacks, in order to the create Purim gift baskets.

  • June 12, 2015

    SD Jewish Academy student earns elite full tuition scholarship to Northeastern

    San Diego Jewish Academy senior Dan Gorodezky recently learned that he was among the fewer than 0.5 percent of applicants to Northeastern University that were also accepted to their University Scholars Program.

  • June 12, 2015

    Three S.D. teens win Peter Chortek Leadership Awards

    The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego has selected three teens, Lily Greenberg Call, Joshua Kahn and Noah Levinson, to receive the Peter Chortek Leadership Award. Presented annually, the Award recognizes three exceptional teens who demonstrate excellence in community service, philanthropy and leadership.

  • June 12, 2015

    Big inspiration comes in little pieces for Carmel Valley mosaic artist

    Helen Segal can take bits of broken pieces and turn them into something they never dreamed of being. Her goal as an artist who specializes in mosaics is to find the interesting and unique in the mundane, and to repurpose the discarded and unwanted into something beautiful.

  • June 12, 2015

    SDJA hosts free parent workshop Jan. 21

    San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) will host a free Parent Workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 21, entitled, “Understanding Your Child: Brain-based Gender Differences – The Science and the Strategies for More Effective Parenting.”

  • June 12, 2015

    San Diego Jewish Academy observes Computer Science Week by joining worldwide ‘Hour of Code’

    In Shelly Moses’ K-5 classroom in San Diego Jewish Academy’s Lower School, students are putting away their pencils, crayons and paper and setting aside their books to learn an “Hour of Code.” Yes, that’s code as in computer science and programming.

  • June 12, 2015

    SDJA offers Parent Participation class

    San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) is offering a weekly New Parent Participation class held every Friday.

  • June 12, 2015

    SDJA joins int’l computer learning project

    In Shelly Moses’ K-5 classroom in San Diego Jewish Academy’s Lower School, students are putting away their pencils, crayons and paper and setting aside their books to learn an “Hour of Code.” Yes, that’s code as in computer science and programming.

  • June 12, 2015

    San Diego Jewish Academy teen wins prestigious leadership award for project

    San Diego Jewish Academy upper-school student Lily Greenberg Call was named one of three winners of the prestigious Peter Chortek Leadership Award.

  • June 12, 2015

    San Diego Jewish Academy’s ‘Butterfly Day’ honors Holocaust’s 1.5M child victims

    Zikaron V’Tikvah — “Remembrance and Hope” — was started at San Diego Jewish Academy to memorialize the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.