Thursday, December 12, 2013

Busy Delegates

The Ort Yad Singalovsky Delegates, along with the Kadima 8th grade are off to Universal Studios today.  The two groups have had an amazing few days and have gained a great appreciation for both Israeli and American Jewish life.

Our OYS visitors have also been busy blogging about their trip, so if you read Hebrew, enjoy learning more at:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ort Yad Singalovsky Visit Is In Full Swing

OYS Delegates and their Chaperones enjoy Kadima Spririt Wear!
Visiting delegates from the Kadima sister school in Tel Aviv, Ort Yad Singalovsky have a very full schedule!  In the last few days, our guests have experienced Jewish life in Los Angeles and school life at Kadima, and have embarked on the following:

  • A visit to the California Science Center, accompanied by the Kadima science teacher, Mr. Evan Cohen.  They toured the space shuttle and learned about notable Jews in the science and space program.
  • Attended Kadima's Kabbalat Shabbat and engaged in activities with our elementary school students.
  • Enjoyed Shabbat with their host families and participated in shabbat morning services at Temple Aliyah.
  • Engaged in a tour of multicultural and historical Los Angeles, including downtown, China town, and Hollywood, accompanied by the Kadima 8th grade and Yoni Rosner, a Judiac Stduies teacher from new Community Jewish High School.
  • Volunteered at SOVA and learned about the local Tikkun Olam projects.
  • Experienced Jewish camp life by spending the day at Brandeis Bardin, hiking, using the ropes courses and bonding with the 8th grade.
  • Enjoying their Kadima spirit wear!

Delegates will be attending Kodiaks on Ice Wednesday evening.  Be sure to say hello!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kadima Welcomes Students from Our Sister School in Tel Aviv - Ort Yad Singalovsky

Today, Kadima welcomed a group of student delegates and their teachers from the Ort Yad Singalovsky (OYS) School based in Tel Aviv. The delegation will be here for 10 days, with each student being hosted in the home of a Kadima 8th grader. In the Spring, Kadima 8th graders will be visiting Israel and will stay with these same students. The exchange program is made possible through the Tel-Aviv-Los Angeles School Twinning Program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. 

Established in 1997, The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles School Twinning Program connects schools in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. This powerful initiative has impacted 60,000 students, parents, and faculty through jointly prepared curricula, teacher trainings, and delegation exchanges. Visiting students live with a host family and study history, literature, language, pluralistic Judaism, Zionism and the sciences at their partner school. The resulting connection between the students transcends the distance between Israel and L.A., transforms school cultures and creates a shared Jewish identity and destiny.

As you see visitors on our campus, welcome them to Kadima, Los Angeles, and the United States.  For many of the students, this is their first time away from home and away from Israel.  While they are visiting, they will experience Jewish life in the United States, get to know Kadima, and learn about Los Angeles.  Most importantly, they will connect with the 8th grade and continue to help foster a love of Israel for our students.

Today, the delegation was welcomed to Los Angeles by the entire 8th grade.  They met at Mishkon Tephilo in Venice, one of the oldest continuously operating synagogues in Los Angeles (founded in 1918). Kadima and OYS students will have the opportunity to get to know one another and will immediately embark on their first Los Angeles experience - a walking tour of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade. BRUCHIM HABAYIM! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Welcome Back 4th and 5th Grade Students

Kadima 4th and 5th graders arrived home safely last night after a full day in Sacramento and Caloma.  On the second day of their trip, students visited the Earthtrek facility for a Native America presentation and worked on tin smithing and other activities.  They also visited the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, the Gold Discovery Museum and hiked to James Marshall's Cabin.  This state park includes the gold discovery site and Sutter's sawmill and is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation. Be sure to visit the following link for more information .  After enjoying a picnic lunch, students traveled to Sutter's Fort. Located in the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush.  Visit to learn more. The students wrapped their day up with a visit at the Railroad Museum and quick dinner before department for home. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

4th and 5th Grade in Sacramento

The Kadima 4th and 5th graders have started their educational travel to Sacramento today!  After meeting bright and early at the airport this morning, they arrived in Sacramento and immediately started their day with a tour of the State Capitol and a visit with State Senator Fran Pavley.  After lunch, they departed for Caloma, 40 miles Northeast of Sacramento and home to Earthtrek Expeditions (Visit for more information about Earthtrek).  Earthtrek is based on the American River and is where gold was discovered in 1848 and kicked off the California Gold Rush.  This afternoon, students will engage in a Pioneer Woman Presentation and a Mountain Man Presentation, have dinner at Earthtrek and will then be heading back to their hotel.  Please be sure to enjoy the pictures below, showing a bit of the adventures that the students are experiencing.

Earthtrek - Pioneer Woman Presentation


The Great Seal at the Capitol


State Senate

Sacramento Here We Come!

Morning Briefing at the Airport

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Kadima 8th grade delegates are on Day 9 of their trip to Israel!  Students were off to a "Tiyul" - a trip- to the southern part of Israel, including the Dead Sea and Masada, which also including camel riding and fun adventures. 

Please enjoy the photographs below taken at the Dead Sea and at our sister school, Ort Yad Singolovski.