A few weeks ago I saw the San Diego Symphony perform the music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in full concert. It was exhilarating. The actor playing Tevye spoke to the audience before the performance about the universal appeal of this particular musical. Fiddler, he said, has had more performances than any other play in history – in Japan. In fact, the Japanese were amazed that a non-Japanese playwright could so perfectly capture their culture. What accounts for the relevance of Fiddler in so many different countries and cultures? This is best explained by Tevye at the beginning of the play.
“And how do we keep our balance?” asks Tevye. “That I can tell you in one word: Tradition!”
Tradition.Its as modern a concept as it is of times gone by.Traditionsand their accompanying rituals bring order, predictability and meaning to the human experience, regardless of time zone or latitude. Celebrating birthdays with colorful candles and cakes, lighting Shabbat candles on Friday evening, being with our grandparents on Thanksgiving, giving tzeddakah to those in need, these are but a few of thetraditionsthat bring us joy, meaning and connectedness with others.
At the Academy we have our own traditions. A few weeks ago we had our annual Shabbat SDJA, with several hundred people joining in the fun. Last week we held our annual Upper School “Homecoming Week” with school spirit, pep rallies and home games for our many teams. Our school community has a long tradition of stepping up to help others, and last week we raised close to $10,000 in a school-wide challah bake. And soon we gather for our annualGrandparents and Special Friends Dayon Friday morning, October 27.
Jewish culture and values have been handed down from generation to generation through texts, teachings, and – traditions. We are blessed to have received them from those who came before us and are proud to transmit them to the next generation.
(And we hope you enjoy the links to many differentTraditions.)
A few weeks ago I saw the San Diego Symphony perform the music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in full concert. It was exhilarating. The actor playing Tevye spoke to the audience before the performance about the universal appeal of this particular musical. Fiddler, he said, has had more performances than any other play in […]
One of the advantages of working in a school with preschoolers through high schoolers is that we have unique opportunities for children of all ages to work together. One example of this is our Classroom Buddies program wherein GMLS students serve as big buddies to our littlest lions, the SDJA preschoolers. This year, students in […]
Our GMLS teachers are committed to considering every element in the classrooms that affect a students learning environment, from the stories that we read, to how instruction is personalized, and even to how the classroom desks are arranged. At the heart of it all, however, the greatest impact we have upon students is through the […]
The fall is a thoughtful season. The dawning of the month of Elul asks us to begin the process of introspection, which reaches a zenith when we enter into the yamim noraim, the Days of Awe, of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the days in between. After our days off from school for these chagim, […]
SDJA VOLLEYBALL DIG PINK MATCH Oct. 4th, 2017 in the SDJA Gym Game Time: 5pm Please join us as your Lions volleyball team takes on league opponent Foothills Christian. The volleyball team will be passing around a donation jar in honor of breast cancer awareness month. All proceeds raised at the game will be donated […]
On November 3rd, during community time, the science department will again be hosting the time honored tradition of “The Pumpkin Catch.” This is a take on the popular “Egg Drop Challenge” that many physics students across the country experience, but it is tailored for the season and our Upper School students. Rather than building a […]
We are so proud that our very own Jessie Gan, current 9th grader, has been selected as a top 30 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students! Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science […]
Shabbat San Diego Jewish Federation of San Diego Special Event with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Join the San Diego pro-Israel community at the 6th annual StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala on Saturday, 12/2, at the Marriott Marquis. Evening […]