In their last class-led tefillah (service) at BHDS, our eighth graders led the entire school community with passion, skill, and poise. They told personal stories of their recent trip to Israel and led the community in singing the prayers. As a moving ending, the class sang “Imagine,” originally performed by John Lennon, and Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.” In a reprisal of their own first grade tefillah seven years ago, they sang the "The Alef Bet" song. Following the service, Dr. Abusch-Magder presented the Fred Nathan Award to Natalie B. and Josef M., and the Henry Schreibman Award to Alex L. There were few dry eyes left in the house as we marked this bittersweet moment for our Class of 2014. MORE PHOTOS
Our community came together last night for our Annual Board Meeting & Community Celebration. The night included a heart-warming video showcasing highlights of the year, recognition for outgoing BHDS trustees, the induction of incoming trustees, and the presentation of the Or Hadash (New Light) award to D’vora Tirschwell (Marin) and Melissa Lee (SF). A special high point of the evening was when eighth grade students Jacob D. (Marin) and Alex L. (SF) shared about their trip to Israel. MORE PHOTOS
Eighth graders led tefillah for their last time as BHDS students yesterday morning. The service was a reflection of their connection to Jewish prayer and community, as well as their recent experiences in Israel. Students introduced some new prayers, both personal and traditional; shared with the community why they choose Judaism; and chanted beautifully from the Torah. One student said, “I choose to embrace Judaism because it is one of the things that makes me who I am.” Another noted, “I choose Judaism because I believe strongly in Jewish values.” Click HERE to read all of the eighth graders' statements. To close the tefillah, the eighth grade class sang Matisyahu’s song, “One Day,” a moving song about peace. Thank you to Nehama Cohen, Dorit Israel, Jesse Scott, Beverly Pinto and the eighth grade parents for their dedication to making this tefillah so very special. MORE PHOTOS
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