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Kol Tehiyah - 2017-18 Year in Review

A Message from the Interim Head of School

Dear Parents,
The 2018-19 school year was very busy and full of new ideas, initiatives and changes at Tehiyah. Linda Riff, served as our Interim Head of School from July through April, and I stepped in at the end of April with Linda’s departure. I am humbled and honored to serve in this capacity after previously serving as the Assistant Head of School/ Director of Academic Excellence.
  • Writer’s Workshop launched in all grades BK-8th. Students across all grade levels found their writer’s voice. Students kept writer’s notebooks, completed many pieces and had writing celebrations throughout the year. 5th grade writers even had their literary essays on A Wrinkle in Time displayed at the movie theater in El Cerrito! In April we celebrated Poetry Month and National Poem in Your Pocket Day with poetry readings, poetry gifts and by plastering poetry around the school.
  • Students organized a student-led walk out to stand up for safer schools and national gun reform laws. Students experienced the power of their words and an introduction to the democratic process.
  • Day and overnight field trips introduced students to new experiences, friends and countries. Overnight trips included Wolf Camp, Hangtown at Tawonga, the Marin Headlands, Santa Cruz Science School, Yosemite, and Israel.
  • Jewish values and identity were developed and nurtured through torah study, Hebrew, studying the midot of the month and ceremonies such as Haggigat Ha Torah (K), Haggigat Ha Siddur (2nd), and Haggigat ha Tanach (5th). 
  • Project- Based Learning was introduced this year. In the elementary grades this was woven into the curriculum through hands-on, interdisciplinary projects such as the 1st grade city and the books that were written, published and bound in 5th grade. In Middle School, students in all classes joined PBL focus groups throughout the year, which culminated last week with an incredible production of Alice in Wonderland.
  • The Schlanger Thinker Lab opened this year! This new space and class was used for countless projects including building props for the play, making soap by hand, building robots and creating rockets.
  • Professional Development was prioritized across all disciplines. The JS faculty began their work with the Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute and had coaching and curriculum development all year long. All faculty participated in workshops with the Responsive Classroom, Toolbox & Writer’s Workshop.
  • The science curriculum was completely revised and revamped in all grades by our talented science specialists, Onna and Helaine, to align with the NGSS.
  • We connected with our own Tehiyah community with many family celebrations such as: Sukkot, Hannukah, Havdallah on the Hill, seders at Pesach, the Purim carnival and Shavuot. 
  • Students also connected with each other through: modeh ani, buddies, daily morning meetings, assemblies, sharedcelebrations, field trips, and increased recess time.
  • We connected with the larger community through service projects such as Reading Buddies with Mira Vista School, and learning about the neighborhood by visiting local restaurants, fire stations and post offices and museums.
  • We connected with the environment by taking hikes, visiting parks, gardens, lakes and farms, working in our garden, releasing trout into reservoirs, cleaning up the Berkeley marina and raising monarch butterflies.
Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you in August!
Andy Hess
Interim Head of School

Comings and Goings

Welcome to the following new faculty member who will join us for the 2018-19 school year:
  • Carrie Peters, ¾ GS teacher
  • Cynthia Shieh, Business and HR Manager
We bid a fond farewell to the following faculty, staff, and administrators as they leave Tehiyah at the close of this year: Inbal Barhum, Gloria Bocian, Pamela Brenman, Jennifer Brysk, Laurie Gold, Ruth Gorrin, Allison Kent Weiss, Janet Lipkin, Tom Miller, Keith Palmer, Linda Riff, Alethea Roche, Judy Salomon, Nirvan Wanigasekera, and Linda Wong.

Mazal Tov to Our Graduates

Nate Spiro: ECHS (El Cerrito High School)
Anna Dreher: JCHS (Jewish Community High School)
Aaron Kaplan: ECHS
Laila Maidenberg: Bentley School
Joshua Weschler: ECHS
Ty Gampbell: BHS (Berkeley High School)
Lily Mironova: Independent Study
Lilly Dodson: JCHS
Yael Kaplan:  ECHS 
Annika Herskovich: ECHS
Adam Wilan: BHS
Jack Wilan: BHS
Gili Stein: BHS
Daniel Dugatkin: BHS
Sasha Wizelman: BHS or El Cerrito High

2017-18 Honor Roll - Thank you to Our Generous Donors

Amazed. Inspired. and Grateful. Those are the words that come to mind when thinking of our annual Giving100% Challenge. Kicked off on GivingTuesday, our Tehiyah community broke every giving record and reached 100% participation by families, staff and our board of trustees within three days. We are so proud of our incredible community - families, alumni, trustees, friends, relatives and the greater community - and their clear commitment to Tehiyah!
Jay and Jean Abarbanel
Matt & Edona Abarbanel
Tamara Abrams
Shai Alfandary & Jeanne Weigelmann-Alfandary
Dan Alter & Jess Login
Robert Alter and Carol Cosman
Amazon Smile Foundation
Oren and Yael Anava
Sten & Joey Anderson
Daniel & Lauren Ari
Keren Asayag
Nathalie Babazadeh and Neil Bobo
Joanne Backman and Harry Pollack
Isabel Balazs
Eugene and Nancy Bardach
Inbal Barhum
Thomas Barnet-Lamb
Lisa and David Barry
Sharona Barzilay and Tom Graff
Idana and Sara Bearman
Yehonadav Bekenstein and Mayrav Heshin-Bekenstein
Justin and Dorothy Biddle
Leon Biederman
Noam Birnbaum
Kim Bistrong
The Aaron and Marie Blackman Foundation
BlackRock, Inc.
Robin and Edward Blum
Gloria Bocian
Myron and Joanna Bradman
Marilyn Bray
Pamela Brenman
Gabrielle Briggs
Jenn and Seth Brysk
Laura and David Callen
Laura Chick
Judy Clack
Jackie Cohen
Sam Cohen
Katja Cooper
Amy Coty
Doug Crane and Rebecca Golbert
Joel Crohn
James Cumming and Karen Quastler
Ofer Damty and Jill Schlessinger Damty
Susan Danek
Aliza and Daryoush Davidi
Rinat Davidovitch
Eldar Dobrin and Nofar Biran
Margaret Dodson and Garry Wiegand
Dolby Match Program
Tania and Diego Dugatkin
Marina and Alex Eisen
Mikelle Emanuel-Shoham and Haim Shoham
Mari and Marc Ettlinger
Rosemarie Ezra
Cecile Farkas
Judith and Jonathan Fern
Sarah and Simon Ffinch
Gary Freschi
Rabbi Tsipi Gabai
Hadar and Ronen Gabizon
Shannon Galinson
Yael Galinson
Rich Gampell and Irene Kim
Tammy Garretson
Jonathan Gayer and Hagit Amsalem
Sam Genirberg
John Gibbins and Terry Meyers
Elena Givental
Mimi and Al Golbert
Laurie Gold
Joe Golton and Karin Fisher-Golton
Google, Inc
Ruth and Gregg Gorrin
Suesan and Saul Grabia
Rebecca Graff
Andrew Greenberg and Miriam Moussaioff
Sheldon Greene
Grosberg Abrams Foundation
Simon and Sylvia Guendelman
Tammar and Nir Hadari
Ran and Anna Haimoff
Dana and Omri Halamish
Luisa Hansen
Agnes Harris
Jesse Henning
Andrea Hess and Eric Rubin
Suzanne and Tom Hesselson
Frida Hilsabeck
Kenton Hoover and Andrea Nemerson Hoover
Ehud and Jennifer Isacoff
Andrea Jedwab and Adrian Breitfeld
Jewish Community Foundation
Jewish Federation of the East Bay
Rochelle and Tim Johnson
Jody and David Kagan
Toby Kahan
Adena and Seth Kaplan
Jane Kaplan
Eddan Katz
Julie Katz
Michael Katz
Allison Kent Weiss
Laura Klein
Maureen and Derek Krantz
Pradeep Lama and Laxmi Tamang
Miri Levy
Moses and Susan Libitzky
Janet Lipkin
Eric Lipsitt
Beth Long
Phuong Ly and David Streitfeld
Eve and Joe Maidenberg
Daniela Mantilla
Eyal and Orna Maoz
Nicole Maoz
Yonit and Assaf Marcus
Stuart and Laurie Marson
Debra Sagan Massey
Allen Mayer
Bernardita Mendez
Devorah Merling
Amy and Philip Mezey
Microsoft Corporation
Tom Miller
Gene and Robin Millstein
Adam and Lauran Mizock
Gregory Morris
Patricia Motzkin
Aiko Muneyuki
James Murakami and Rachael Friedman
Lance Nagel
Jessica Natkin and Blair Biddle
Joan L Natkin
Hannah and Rick Nystrom
Emily Olman and Jason Levis
Keith Palmer
Perforce Foundation
Nathan and Anne Petrowsky
PG&E Corporation Matching Gifts
David Plotkin and Shaun Kozolchyk
Avrille Polack
Nati Porat
Prem and Surya Prakasha
Elise Prowse
Chari Rabinowitz
Karen Radwin
David Radwin and Kara Vuicich
Benjamin and Eva Raphael
Barak and Tali Raveh
Eyal Regev
Jacqueline Regev
Amnon Reichman and Ruth Zafran
Helaine Reiner
Linda Riff
Alethea Roche
Rody and Shani Rosenbaum
Roy Rosenberg and Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg
Yehudit Rothman
Paria and Sang Rowand
Avi Sadi and Inbal Cohen Sadi
Hillel Salomon and Maya Drexler Salomon
Judy and Hillel Salomon
Debra Sanderson
Tomer Schetrit and Dana Ben Shoshan
Judith Schiller
Josh and April Schlanger
The Eva and Marvin Schlanger Family Foundation
La Rae Schneider
Jon and Sheila Schonder
Miriam Schultz and Elliot Cravitz
Doris Schwartz
Onna Schwindt
Sabrina Seal and Benjamin Strub
Tamar Senyak
Ben Shababo
Tracey Shababo
Michael Shapira
Scott Shay
Donna Sidel
Susan Sillins
E Roni Sippy
Idit Solomon and Steven Davidoff Solomon
Anat Sorkin
Margaret Sparks
Rebecca and Will Sparks
Peter Spiro and Sandra Rosenblum
Dmitiri Mironov and Zvezdelina Stankova
Orca Starbuck and Boris Aleksandrovsky
Doreet and Jeff Stein
Ben Steinberg and Alex Terninko
Lisa Sterling and Laura Stropes
Jonathan Stern
Richard Stern
Karen Sumner
Claire Sylvia
Michael and Merle Tarnow
Nitza and Joseph Thien
Nan Toder
Care Udell
Laura Walklet
Jeanne Weigelmann-Alfandary and Shai Alfandary
Melissa Weintraub and Eyal Rabinovitch
Julie Weissman-Steinbaugh and Michael Steinbaugh
Peter and Suzie Weschler
Melissa Whippo
Jessica Wilan
Ricardo and Susana Winkel
Jeannie Witkin
Linda Wong
Ami Wulf
Nirit Yakov
Harris and Audrey Yett
Marvin and Sheila Yudenfruend
Miguel Zuliani and Reni Aniela

 A Year in Photos 

Grandfriends' Day
  Solomon C. and his grandparents enjoying "A Day in the Life" at Tehiyah!
Middle School Showcase 
 Yael K. and her classmates shine in our Middle School Showcase Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Project-Based Learning
All year long, our students' approach to learning shifted with more hands-on and collaborative learning opportunities.
Purim at Tehiyah is literally the whole Megillah! From the reading to the carnival, to the colorful costumes and joy ... no one does Purim like we do!  
Havdallah on the Hill 
We noshed, created beautiful Kindness Rocks art, and rocked out to the CottonTails as we celebrated under the stars!
Think Tehiyah
A full day of building, creating and maker-ing across the campus. Fun was had by all as we officially inaugurated the Schlanger ThinkerLab!
 Click here to view more photos from the 17-18 year in Vidigami!
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