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DECEMBER 16, 2011

Our Ramblings

KJHS’s First Student Paper Kehi!ah students are proud to share their journalistic endeavor.

Kehillah’s Top 10 Fashion Trends 1. Toms 2. Frye Boots 3. Kehillah Yoga Pants 4. Scarves 5. Belts 6. Rings 7. Riding Boots 8. V-Necks 9. Uggs 10. Sweaters

Shalom, and welcome to Kehillah’s first edition of The Ramblings. This newspaper is written by the students in Journalism class. We have been painstakingly working to construct a newspaper with words of wisdom and fine news coverage. This year introduces Kehillah’s first journalism program, and we are excited to be a part of it. Rachel Cohen, freshman, says of her experience, “I never thought I would like to write newspaper articles, but it turned out to be much more


interesting than I thought it would be.” Over the first part of the year students in this class have learned how to produce the yearbook and the newspaper. Presently, half of Journalism is working to produce the newspaper, and the other half is working diligently to produce the yearbook. At the end of the third quarter, the tasks will be reversed. We, the writers of this newspaper, sincerely hope you enjoy the hard work we have put into it.



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STUDENT GOVERNMENT: 2011-2012 This year’s Student Government (SG) is comprised of ten diligent and hardworking students who have dedicated a great chunk of their time this year to serve as liaisons between the students and the administration. To improve communication, this year’s student government puts thought into every detail of what they plan and taking a creative approach to everything. By taking a creative approach on everything they do, they are able to make spirit days and coming to school a fun and exciting experience. Senior and Student Body President Raquel Korman has been working tremendously to headway the goals of this year’s SG, which endeavors to accomplish a great deal during that duration of this school year. As SG works with the student body and the administration to serve as a roadway for the one another, SG takes their responsibilities very seriously in order to increase school spirit and pride. Korman enjoys, “feeling like you can make a difference.” Being president is a big responsibility and it has taught her a lot about communication and looking out for others.

All members of SG have contributed to this year’s plans for homecoming. Sofie Van Creveld (junior class president) says they are able to do this because “we are really able to work together and since we’re really productive, we can get more things done.” It is agreed upon by all student government members that they are really good at communicating during meetings. This lets them give the students what they want out of the school year. Student Government members have meetings one Sunday a month to ensure they meet deadlines. SG does a great deal of behind-the-scenes work to make the students more spirited. The creativity of this year’s group shines through the means of communication they pursue: posters, the Facebook group, power points, and Rambot. They have planned many things for this years school year, things that have never been done before at Kehillah, our anticipation is heightening.

BIRTH CONTROL IN MODERN DAY SOCIETY Believe it or not, the most common uses of birth control pills do not live up to to its literal name. The study Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills by Rachel K. Jones of the Guttmacher Institute found that 58% of all pill users rely on the pill for purposes other than pregnancy prevention. This means that only 42% use the pill exclusively for contraceptive reasons. Studies show that the most common noncontraceptive uses of birth control pills are cramp relief, menstrual regulation, treatment of acne, and treatment of endometriosis.

During the teenage years, it is most common to have irregular periods and menstruationrelated side effects. The study revealed that 82% of teenagers use birth control for noncontraceptive purposes. On the other hand, 54% of women aged 20 years and older use the pill for non-contraceptive reasons. This means that teenagers use the pill for non-contraceptive purposes more often than adults. Although the use of hormonal contraceptives is largely a private matter, it is important to remember that there are a variety of reasons that young women have for using them.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~ John Quincy Adams



KEHILLAH JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL! THIS YEAR’S WINTER FASHION Style is an iconic sense of expression. Comfort is chic and this year is all about comfort. Winter fashion of ‘11-’12 is all about the sweaters, scarves, layers, boots, and a great sense of repetition from past eras, particularly the 90s.

DECEMBER 16, 2011 As fashion is continuous, it is inevitable that we will one day see future generations wearing the clothing of today which is styled after the clothing of a generation ago. We can surmise that the clothing of today will soon become the clothing of tomorrow.

This season is all about stocking up on the newest trends of our generation, while for our parents, it’s a blast from the past. Thrift stores are now popular places to hunt for clothing, just like any store which seems to have the “newest” trends for this winter. When sophomore Shy Adelman was asked where she shops, she said, “ I shop mostly from my grandmas closet, a thrift store by my house, Urban Outfitters and American Apparel.” As the fashion scene turns more retro and vintage, teens are starting to flock more towards stores which follow these quotas. All the while, our parents become more and more nostalgic because they see the common themes which are being recycled. ISRAELI’S MAKE NEW BREAKTHROUGH IN CANCER TECHNOLOGY Cancer. To some people this surgery, among other things. While Bio Therapeutics in 2006. This word is a death sentence and to these treatments do get rid of the company has creating huge leaps in others it is the disease that has cancer, they can have terrible side the world of science by making new killed thousands of people. The effects. Some side effects are pain, vaccines to help cure cancer. American Cancer Society predicts fatigue, nausea, infection and hair Their vaccines destroy cancer by that approximately 571,950 people loss. training the T-cells, cells that will die from cancer in the coming The new vaccine developed by protect the body by killing diseased year. This disease can be seen as a Vaxil has the potential to save cells, to destroy cells with a rapidly spreading plague. thousands of people. In addition, if molecule called MUC1. This Unfortunately, the research done to help prevent is minimal, until recently. An Israeli company called Vaxil Bio Therapeutics created a vaccine which could cure certain types of cancer.

this vaccine passes testing, then cancer treatment has to potential to be less painful and dangerous. Right now, the vaccine is still in the basic stages of testing at Haddasah Hospital in Jerusalem.

Cancer is a group of diseases which result in uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. The causes of cancer are usually connected to a combination of external and internal factors such as tobacco, chemicals, radiation, hormones, immune conditions, and mutations.

“The vaccine is currently being tested against a blood cancer called multiple Myeloma. However, Vaxil's scientific breakthrough is based on a drug platform, VaxHit, which can be tailored to treat not only 90 percent of cancers, but also diseases such as tuberculosis,” (Israel Ministry of Current Affairs).

People treat cancer with chemotherapy, radiation and

Dr. Lior Carmon, an Israeli doctor, founded the company Vaxil


molecule is only found in cancer cells, not healthy cells. The T-cells will not attack any cells without this specific part, so there are no side effects to this treatment. Nate Jacobi, a freshman, acknowledges that this new technology will help, “I think any advance in medicine can turn into something that will save lives down the road.” With the future of this vaccine still very up in the air, most scientists know not to get their hopes up, yet scientists agree that these vaccines could be the “cure” that cancer so desperately needs.


KEHILLAH JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL! SCHOOL STRESS Due to the colossal amount of Facebook statuses posted monthly, it is easy to say that from a young age, children look at “older kids” and they automatically crave the time when they can grow up, wear the older kids’ clothes, eat the older kids’ foods, go to high school, and experience freedom. But the younger kids who range from preschool to middle school do not know that the “older kids” are nostalgic for the perks and advantages of being young. The older kids crave the nap times, coloring homework--or even no homework at all--and the stress-free childhood lifestyle. This is true for junior, EJ Weiss. She explains that junior year is “catastrophic.” When Weiss was young, all she wanted was to grow up and wear cool clothes, the clothes not from Limited Too and the children’s section but from Forever 21 the juniors’ section at Nordstrom. Weiss couldn’t wait to go to high school; however, now she believes that school simply “dictates her life.” In high school, where students’ stress levels increase exponentially from year to year, their levels of responsibility do too. Weiss believes that her stress level primarily comes from school; it’s come to the point where it limits her sleep hours. It becomes an ongoing struggle to juggle school work and social

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life. But Kehillah students, including Weiss, are slowly and surely mastering these skills. As the first quarter of the new school year comes to an end, Kehillah students seem to be getting the hang of balancing the extracurriculars and sports activities they take pride in. Students participate in activities such as basketball, performing arts, swimming and internships, to name a few. It’s a hard task managing coming back to school, with all the extra stress and the work that comes along with it. Most students find the beginning of the school year stressful but as the school year progresses the added effort will prove to be worthwhile. As the stress the level for the seniors has just hit its peak high while completing and filling out college applications, the up and coming year for the juniors is a greatly anticipated stressful year. Due to the stress of junior year as well as the upcoming Israel class trip, many students feel swamped. Now that the sophomore class holds one year of high school under their belts, this year they will encounter a great amount of learning and bonding. And as the freshmen take on their first year of high school, a journey which has taken them nine years to get to, the long anticipated high school experience is about to be underway.

RECENT EARTHQUAKES IN THE BAY AREA October 27th, 5:36 A.M.: Earthquakes are a common Berkeley citizens are awakened to occurrence in California; hundreds their houses shaking. Just six hours of earthquakes occur in California earlier, a 4.8 magnitude daily. The majority of these earthquake hit the Reno/Truckee earthquakes have a smaller area. Both of these earthquakes magnitude than 2.0. BUT In the could be felt at least eighty miles past two weeks, Northern around their epicenters. Smaller California has suffered from three aftershocks hit the surrounding earthquakes with a magnitude area within the next couple of greater than 3.0. days. Many citizens in the larger Bay No large scale damage was done and no deaths were reported due to the earthquakes. This was to be expected as these earthquakes were on the smaller side and did not shake the Berkeley area too badly, as the quake did not exceed 4.0.


shifted. To her it felt like a very large truck was driving by her house. These past earthquakes in Berkeley have been caused by the unrest and tension in the Hayward Fault. When a fault is under a lot of stress, earthquakes are caused to try and relieve some of the built up pressure.

Area have felt these past few earthquakes. Mrs. Lackland, an English teacher at Kehillah, felt one of the Berkeley earthquakes. “It was enough to wake you up but it wasn’t destructive,” remarked Mrs. Lackland in retrospect. She also stated that nothing fell or


KEHILLAH JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL! Unfortunately, seismologists agree that these few shakes were not enough to relieve the tension that has been accumulating in this fault line the past few years. This newspaper also mentioned that Luke Thomas, the owner of, has been sending tweets every thirty minutes predicting that an earthquake with a magnitude of more than 6.0 will hit the Berkeley area within the days following the other two. His posts have gone viral: they have been retweeted by hundreds of people in Berkeley area who are worried about the possibility of another earthquake.

DECEMBER 16, 2011 None of these rumors have been confirmed by U.S. National Geological Society. Until the USGN confirms them, these reports are just superstitions. According to a Berkeley Newsletter, The Berkeley Patch, “Earthquakes come in clusters like this about 5 percent of the time in this part of the state.” This is meant to calm citizens in the Berkeley area, as earthquakes are quite common in California. The past few earthquakes in California could be written off as a common occurrence, or they could be seen as a sign for a future earthquakes. Still, some Berkeley citizens have been preparing for possible earthquakes in the future, as the shadow of another large earthquake hangs over the heads of Berkeley citizens.


between 1 and 2 seconds; reaction times while texting were at least 3 to 4 seconds, the new study said. This Imagine driving home from Kehillah and being stopped at a red light. A familiar sound occurs, and it means that while texting, less attention was focused on driving, so the people reacted to situations at a turns out a new text message is waiting to be checked. Many of us would be tempted to answer the slower pace. For instance, a person who is stopped at a red light reacts to the green light slower than a text, while others would disregard the message and person who is stopped while texting. continue to go about their drives. Seventeen magazine and AAA partnered up to look into the statistics of teenagers texting while behind the wheel. This nationwide survey revealed that of 1,000 teens, 46% have text messaged while driving. Those 46% who have participated in texting while driving have suffered, or will suffer, the consequences whether they realize it or not. Cody Leviloff (Senior) says, “I tried it once on the freeway and I nearly ended up killing myself ”.

While these results are shocking, a large number of states have responded to these results by creating text messaging bans. California’s ban, for instance, states, “Minors are prohibited from using wireless phones while driving — with or without hands-free accessories”. Rabbi Greenberg says, “I think that texting and driving is irresponsible, it’s dangerous, and it puts the drivers and others at an enormous risk”.

Michelle Matvey, junior, says, “I text at stoplights because sometimes I need to answer an urgent message, and the car is not in motion so I am not in any danger”. Little does Michelle and a number of Kehillah students know the effects of texting behind the wheel.

Many Kehillah students admitted to texting and driving, however many do not engage in the activity. Braden Katzman (Junior) says, “I don’t text and drive because my dad makes me turn my phone on airplane mode and now I am just used to it”. Alisa Rotfeld (Junior) also says, “I don’t text and drive because I would rather not die.”

The University of Utah held a research study to examine the effects of text messaging while driving. The results were jaw dropping. Compared with the single-task (driving-only) drive, when drivers used cell phones their reactions were 18% slower and they took 17% longer to recover the speed that was lost following braking during their texting time. The study by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University revealed that reaction times behind the wheel with no texting were




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A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTS DREAM It was Wednesday, November 9th, opening night of the play.The actors in A Midsummer’s Nights Dream were waiting impatiently as they had been practicing for this moment for the past month and a half. As the clock ticked closer and closer to 7:30, the time of the first performance was coming, anticipation was building inside of each actor, like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

Demetrius. Maddie has been in two other Kehillah plays, depicting Roo in Winnie the Pooh and Pozzo in Waiting for Godot.

Jacob Kaplan-Lipkin, a freshman, played Demetrius. Demetrius is the dorky high-schooler in love with Hermia, and then Helena. He was excited to having a large role in his first high school play. “I haven’t been in that many plays A Midsummer’s Nights Dream is the before but I love to act, so I’m excited to classic Shakespearean story of unrequited get this opportunity,” explained Jacob. love and fairy magic, which changes the The students who acted in the play way characters in the play feel about each have put lots of effort and hard work into other. Mr. Gunn took this classic play it. For example, Hanna Oberman, a and adapted it to take place in a high freshmen, joined the play just four days school. His hilarious adaptation is a before opening night. She remarked, “It comedy about four high school students, was stressful to have to memorize a ton Demetrius, Helena, Hermia and of new lines right before the play started. Lysander, who are stuck in an I had to walk around with my script for interlocking tale of love which is changed three days straight.” Hanna was not the by the fairy king Oberon and his only one cramming for opening night. assistant mischievous Puck. “We have had three intense dress At first, Lysander and Hermia are in rehearsals in the past three days. Two love, while Demetrius, pursued by rehearsals were four hours and one was Helena, pines away for Hermia. Next, seven hours,” stated Jacob KaplanOberon the fairy king has Puck use a Lipkin. Afterward, the cast would leave special flower to make the men fall in practice exhausted, mentally and love with the first person they see. physically. Afterward, Lysander and Demetrius fall The play turned out to a success. in love with Helena due to the magical According to Hanna Oberman, “It was flower, and Helena scorns both of them, hard to say some of my lines because of believing that they are mocking her. the sheer amount of laughter in the Once again, Puck has to use the flower to change everyone’s emotions. In the end, audience.” It appears that some audience members laughed throughout the entire Demetrius and Helena are in love and play. In addition, the play was to be Lysander and Hermia are in love. considered “hilariously romantic,” as Maddie Bennet, a sophomore, played stated by freshmen Ally Weinstock. the role of Helena. Helena is a geeky, clumsy high school student in love with

Dear MARS Q: I might have a boring personality. How do I fix this? A: GET OFF FACEBOOK AND STOP TEXTING!! Join clubs, become an active part of the school community. Interact with real humans in real life. Q: I'm a beautiful girl who his desperately in love with a bookish boy. What do I do? A: DATE HIM NOW!!! You can help him expand his horizons beyond the books. Q:How can I be the best student I can be? A:Always listen to the teachers. Your teachers are highly intelligent and only want what is best for you. If they assign you a project or a homework assignment, DO IT! The teacher has assigned the aforementioned assignment because it is supposed to teach you a necessary skill.

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exclaimed, “Everyone on the team is very committed, and ready to win.” She also says that the level of commitment and how the players are very accepting of each other this season will pay a role in their success this year. Sherbin also agrees that time management is one of the keys to giving 110% to the team. Sherbin shows complete engagement to the girl’s basketball, and hopes to see many fans come out to see them hold victory. UPCOMING BASKETBALL FEVER When junior Braden Katzman picked up his first basketball during the 2011 season, a sense of brotherhood once again filled his veins. For the students of Kehillah, basketball is one of the most exciting sports for students to come out and support, especially because of the homecoming game and spirit week. For Katzman and senior Baila Sherbin, this season’s basketball team is going to be a strong one. Katzman is extremely excited for this years’ season because he believes there is “more motivation among young players” as well as more stimulation and a greater sense of brotherhood. This is Katzman’s eighth year playing basketball, and his third year in his high school career. The basketball team this year is 100% committed, and Katzman thinks this will shown throughout the year’s up and coming season. Katzman is a huge part of this success of the basketball team because he gives his all to everything he does: school, basketball and football. Katzman says, “I’m very excited with the way we’re working because it can only lead to good things.” As this is his eighth year playing basketball, he does hold a greater sense of leadership on this team which he executes during every practice by encouraging the underclassman and keeping them motivated. Senior Baila Sherbin has played on the Kehillah girls’ basketball team all throughout high school, and now her career is coming to a close, yet Sherbin believes this team will go out with a bang. She


This year, both coaches Marty and Circle have stepped their practices up a notch. Both bring a great sense of pride to the boy’s and girl’s basketball programs, by motivating the players and keeping them stimulated. The coaches emphasize ingraining the fundamentals and tools of success in every practice.As new underclassman join the team with the upperclassmen as their support system their is a greater sense of satisfaction on the Kehillah basketball teams. Both teams have shown great commitment going into the season through the regularly anticipated motivating practices. The boys’ and girls’ teams are expecting a fun and intense season, hopefully with another CCS appearance. The Kehillah teams look forward to the up and coming season, and through the amount of power both teams have shown this season, its seams like it will be a strong one.

Calendar Past Events: Monday, 12/5: Drink Day Tuesday 12/6: Game Day Wednesday 12/7: Jewish/ Biblical Day Thursday 12/8: Kehillah Swag Friday 12/9: Hogwarts Day Saturday 12/10: Homecoming Dance Upcoming Dates: 12/21-28: Hannukah 12/19-1/3: Winter Break


KJHS newspaper: first edition  

Kehillah Jewish High School's first edition of the student newspaper

KJHS newspaper: first edition  

Kehillah Jewish High School's first edition of the student newspaper