When the Jewish Life Committee met to dialogue on what meaningful and enjoyable program we could run for Rosh Hashanah, we settled on two facts. The first fact is that Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and the second is that the SDJA student population is culturally diverse. We put these facts together and created a program called “New Years Around the World”. Students will visit a series of stations and engage in brief activities in which they will learn about how various cultures celebrate the start of a new year. We will discover a common thread running throughout many of these traditions – the idea that a new year represents a time for both introspection and celebration. This theme is, of course, a significant element of Rosh Hashanah as well.
Learning – On Lions Day, I posed a question to the upper school student body: Do you have a hungry mind? After some quizzical looks because upper school students are always hungry, I presented an approach to learning that many researchers of human psychology believe is an indicator of living a fulfilled life. Being curious […]
On August 28th, the 7th grade students embarked upon a teambuilding retreat in Malibu, California. The students (and staff) had the opportunity to engage in activities that took them outside of their comfort zones, allowing for personal growth, teamwork, bonding, and FUN. The retreat involved many teambuilding challenges (that progressively became more and more difficult […]
When the Jewish Life Committee met to dialogue on what meaningful and enjoyable program we could run for Rosh Hashanah, we settled on two facts. The first fact is that Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and the second is that the SDJA student population is culturally diverse. We put these facts together and […]
The college visitation season has begun, and will run through early November. Which means that it’s time for our juniors and seniors to meet with admissions representatives during scheduled times on campus to find out…something more than just which colleges and universities are offering what signature programs. Counseling students through the college admissions investigation and […]