September 21, 2018
 12th of Tishrei, 5779 

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    Parshat Ha'Azinu
Candle Lighting at 7:00 PM
It's About The Journey, Not The Destination (Or Is It?)
It is so fitting that this pre-Sukkot edition of Highlites is entirely made of GIF animations. Earlier this week, I challenged the Highlites team to create some sort of unique format for this week's edition. They accepted the challenge and I am thrilled with what they've come up with. Let me explain why the Animated GIF format is so appropriate for Sukkot.
There is a well-known dispute about whether the huts that we sit in on the holiday of Sukkot are meant to commemorate the actual shelters that the Jewish people lived in while journeying through the desert or whether our huts are meant to symbolize the miraculous clouds that provided shade for the Jewish people on their journey. What is the point of this dispute? Perhaps we can offer an unconventional understanding. The holiday of Sukkot is all about movement. We must move out of our homes and into the sukkah outdoors. We commemorate the movement of forty years in the desert. What point of a journey is the most formative?  Perhaps the cloud-approach is emphasizing the actual trek , during which one is actively moving from one point to the next is what is most important. Just get up and go! But perhaps the hut-approach emphasizes a different component of the the growth that takes place during a journey. It's not the active movement, but the pause, the time to reflect on the movement that leads to a more profound sense of growth. Whether we emphasize the actual movement or our own reflection on the movement, Sukkot is all about moving! So please follow the GIFs. Watch them move and let's all keep moving onward in a reflective manner.
Thank you to the entire staff for creating such a moving edition of Highlites.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Head of School

Upcoming Events
Sept. 23 - Oct. 3
Sukkot Break  -No School

Good and Welfare
Rabbi Tsvi Kilstein on the passing of his beloved mother, Harriet Kilstein.

Sofia Rauh ('22) on the passing of her beloved father, Dovid Rauh.

Ionit Cohen ('09) and Monty Steckler on the birth of a baby boy, Henry.

Bracha Brauser ('13) and Shua Katz on the birth of a baby boy.

Digital Club Fair 
Club Fair Receives a Needed Update, As Yet Another Aspect Of Our School Joins The Digital Age        
Gra phic by Aaron Lazar ('21) and Mayrav Saketkhou ('20)
Club Fair Aleksandra Shapiro ('21)

In contrast to previous years, this year, KYHS held a "digital club fair." Clubs had the opportunity to create a promotional video for students to watch and then choose which of the 40 clubs to join! Many new clubs have formed this year, ranging from sports management to computer hacking and programming. This ensures that everyone can find their own club of interest within the walls of school. With this year's huge variety, there will definitely be room for everyone to show their talents and have fun, in and out of school!

Jed Talk
         If You Know, You Know           
Graphic by Akiva Stadlan ('19)
Article by Sara Deichman ('19)

It is both an honor and privilege for the senior class to hear from inspirational speakers every Friday as part of KYHS's "JED talk" series. Though students are often excited to hear from a range of diverse speakers, we cannot ignore the fact that some of the most captivating speakers work within our own building. On September 7th, the senior class heard from our very own head of school, Rabbi Jonathan Kroll. Rabbi Kroll detailed his summer experiences, starting from the time he was a vendor at Cubs games as a teen, until he began running camps in the former Soviet Union for Jewish children through YUSSR. Rabbi Kroll explained what he gained by going out of his comfort zone and further enlightened the class on the immense value of going abroad and partaking in unprecedented experiences. Ultimately, Rabbi Kroll opened our eyes toward the rewards of working in Jewish Education and inspired us to become the next leaders of the Jewish people. The senior class was very fortunate to have learned more about Rabbi Kroll and felt the JED talk was, "Truly inspiring and incredibly funny," as stated by Abby Nagler ('19).
Kumzits & Tisch
Ruach-Filled Boys Erupt Like Maniacal Monkeys At Heilige Tisch, Girls Reach New Spiritual Heights In Moving Kumzits        
Graphic by Shoshana Stadlan ('19) and Akiva Stadlan ('19)
Article by Jacqueline Zimmerman ('19)

KYHS started off a week of pure inspiration with a Girls' Kumzits and a Boys' Tisch. Both events were inspiring and filled with an enormous amount of ruach as students came together in song. According to Yitzy Lanner ('19), the boy's tisch was " Mamish moyradich . It was a very meaningful and helpful way to prepare for the holiest day of the year." The kavanah (intention) in both the kumzits and the tisch was palpable, and the participation of the student body was unparalleled. Additionally, Mrs. Dina Dobkowski and Rabbi Avi Hochman each shared words about the loss of Ari Fuld, ultimately highlighting the seriousness of the impeding Yom Kippur holiday. Overall, the kumzits and the tisch successfully elevated the school environment, and the students of KYHS cann ot wait to harmonize again.

Questioning The QB
Interview With Star KYHS QB Coby Light
Gra phic by Sydney Freedman ('20) 
Article by Al Dimont ('20)

Flag Football Interview with Quarterback Coby Light ('19)


1) How was your first game of the season?
I think we started off the season really strong in our first two games. In the first game, we came out and really dominated the opponent which is always fun. Early on, I was struggling, but throughout the entire game my teammates kept picking me back up and encouraging me.
2) How do you feel you did in your second game?
In our second game we really showed our perseverance. The camaraderie made a huge difference in the end of the game when we pushed through a two score deficit in the fourth quarter and pulled off a win in overtime. So I'm really happy about our first two games, but we still have to make sure that we finish off the season with a championship.
3) What do you feel the coaches have done for the team?
What Coach Berkeley and Coach Uri have done for the football program is unbelievable. A culture of hard work and high expectations was accepted among the players and success has followed. Every year since the coaches became involved, the team's record has improved, and I attribute much of this to the coaches themselves. They work just as a hard, if not harder, than the players and we all really appreciate them.
4) What makes this season better than other seasons?
Football is one of the newest athletic programs in our school, only being introduced three years ago, in my freshman year. For the first year, the team was not taken very seriously and seemingly had no potential or future. However, when Coach Berkeley and Coach Uri came in, this completely changed.
5) Who do you feel are the MVPs of this team?
Most people assume that the best player on a football team is the quarterback, but I really attribute a team's successes to the grinders. These are the people who work hard and do all the little things to make sure our team wins. However, I would have to say that a lot of guys on the team are their own type of MVP, because each player is most valuable in what they specialize in. It's really a team effort.
6) How have you come back from the championship loss of last season?
Last year, we did not have the finish we wanted. We lost in the championship, a game we felt we could have won. However, instead of sulking about the loss, our team has used it as motivation for this year. It seems that with every failure, we work harder for success. So this year, we are really going all out for the championship to make up for last year's non-ideal finish. We have really learned a lot from our failures of past seasons.
7) Do you have any inspiring words to give your teammates?
If I had to speak to my team and inspire them I would tell them to try and envision themselves after a loss, to imagine how it would feel to let yourself and your teammates down. Then, with that mindset, motivate yourself to work hard and play with passion. In order to achieve our goal of a championship we must first imagine what happens if we don't, and then work as hard as we can to avoid that situation.

A Powerful Parent Panel
Students Hear From Our Spiritual Elders In New Aseret Yemei Teshuva Event     
Graphic by Highlites Staff
Article by Ariella Greenberg ('22)

Last Thursday, on Tzom Gedalia, students were fortunate to hear from six amazing KYHS parents. The girls heard from Mrs. Jamie Frank, Mrs. Sarah Jacoby, and Mrs. Rachel Herman, while the boys heard from Mr. Steven Berkeley, Mr. Chaim Rosen, and Rabbi Josh Broide. In the spirit of the Aseret Yemei Teshuva, the speakers eloquently shared each of their unique stories of religious growth and personal connections to Hashem. It was inspirational to hear how such different paths can all lead one to Torah. "We grow up in a wonderful environment and are in a wonderful Jewish school. It is a blessing that we are Jewish, and we should be so grateful for this!" expressed Shayla Saida ('22). We were left with meaningful messages to hold onto as we prayed on Yom Kippur. Thank you to all of the parents who came to share their stories!

Ask Adina
Hear Sage Advice From An Experienced Senior
I'm taking my first AP this year, and I am very stressed and overwhelmed! How and when do you recommend I study?
- Overachiever

Wow! Congratulations on taking your first AP! It is never too early to begin studying, and I highly recommend getting a head start.  If you are taking an AP History, make flashcards and a timeline of important events to review the material as you go. If you are taking an AP English, make sure to practice writing prompts and to review lists of helpful terms. AP Sciences require a more thorough understanding of the material, so go over the content and practice FRQs and multiple choice problems. A good review for an AP Math is to practice problems on Khan Academy as well as previous AP tests.
It is always smart to invest in a review book such as the Princeton Review , Barron's , or 5 Steps to a 5 if you are struggling to understand the information. Make sure to watch crash course videos or approach an upperclassman who already took the course for extra help. You may also want to visit the college board website and go over the course description/list of key concepts (Focusing on the key concepts is a great way to study for AP History). As it gets closer to the AP test, look at the college board for all past AP tests, which are essential for practice. Don't worry if you're stressed! You have a long time to understand the material and prepare yourself!
With all your hard work, you are on your way to getting a 5!


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