My name is Audrey Davis, and I’m so excited to be starting my first school year as a teacher at Sinai Temple Religious School. One of the most memorable dates in my life was August 22, 2015, or 7 Elul 5775. This was the weekend when I moved out to Los Angeles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but I stopped in Chicago halfway through my trip to see a One Direction concert with my three best friends from college – we had all just graduated in May of that year. We met our sophomore year after discovering we were all huge One Direction fans, and we lived in an apartment together for all of senior year. On 7 Elul, the day of the concert, we learned that 1D was breaking up and this would be one of their last shows (I was so surprised that I dropped my cell phone in a deep dish pizza). Weirdly enough, I found that I wasn’t upset by this shocking news, and I was actually excited to finish my trip out to California and start the next phase of my life. When I think of that day, I think about the importance of embracing change and accepting new challenges, without losing sight of what made the good old days so great. I think about new beginnings every fall when the new school year rolls around and we celebrate the Jewish New Year. I hope to support my students as they go through changes in their own lives and learn to connect with their Judaism.