"The most memorable moment was the early morning hike to the Western Wall on Shavuot.  It was amazing to watch the sun rise over the wall and to see more Jews in one place than I had ever seen in my life."

-- Kehillah Senior, Class of 2008

School Trips

The walls of our classrooms extend into the world—nature, art, synagogues, museums, theater, symphonies, opera, and more.

The entire school participates in retreats and Shabbatonim in the Santa Cruz mountains. Week-long grade level trips ("class trips") to locations as diverse as Montgomery, Alabama and Jerusalem, Israel also provide opportunities for students to experience history, culture and the issues affecting our world together in life-changing ways.

Past Kehillah class trips have included:


Three weeks exploring and learning about the history, people and culture of Israel,


Repairing and rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Waveland and Pearlington, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana, and visiting Tulane University.  Check out the newscast covering the Juniors' 2010 trip to Pearlington:  California Students Helping Peralington Rebuild

Washington D.C.

Focusing on poverty in a national conference of Jewish youth.

Los Angeles

Focusing on “Jewish American Citizenship”—including: Community service projects, UCLA Hillel, Museum of Tolerance, Beit T’shuvah, & the Museum of TV & Radio.

Pacific Northwest

Focusing on “Personal & Global Obligation & Responsibility” in Portland and Seattle—including: Music Project Museum, Space Needle, Pioneer Square, University of Washington Hillel, Original Starbucks, Pikes Market, Mt. St. Helens, Oregon Bus Project, Japanese Gardens, & Powell Bookstore.

Southeast U.S.

Exploring the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia & Alabama—including: the Names Project & AIDS Quilt, Selma’s Voting Rights Museum, Rosa Parks Museum, Southern Poverty Law Center, Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute Museum, Freedom Park, the Leo Frank Tree, Martin Luther King Center & Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Simi Valley, CA

At the Brandeis-Bardin retreat center for nature exploration, class bonding activities and community service.

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Israel Group