October 4, 2017, 14 Tishrei 5778

Reminders for the Week:  School is closed tomorrow and Friday for Sukkot. Drop off 8:30am at Congregation Beth David next Wednesday for Simchat Torah celebration. 

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Message from the Head of School 

The first grade student sat wailing in the office over his first bee sting while Rabbi Hahn Tapper attempted to console him. When she pointed out that this sting is actually a first, and therefore an opportunity to say shehechayanu, the child's entire demeanor changed. He forgot about his pain and joyfully recited the blessing. It seems that there are a lot of stings that we have been absorbing lately.

Tonight we begin the festival of Sukkot. For a week we are commanded to dwell in frail dwellings which are supposed to remind us of the fragility of our existence while welcoming our family and friends to join us for meals. Unlike those whose homes were ravaged by natural disaster in Puerto Rico, Houston, Florida and Mexico City, at least I have a dwelling. As opposed to the nearly sixty victims of the Las Vegas shooting who will be missing from their families' dinner tables, at least I have a family with whom to share a meal.

At Sukkot we are commanded to be "joyous in our holiday." It is easy for us to live in a bubble. Our homes were not affected by hurricanes, my family was not affected by the mass shooting. I entered the building today and received cheery greetings from everyone, attended meetings as usual, peeked into a couple of classrooms. Yet, I want to feel affected by the tragedies in our environment. I want to feel that I am a citizen of a larger national and even global community. I want our community to feel responsibility to our own community, country, Israel and the world. How can I find joy when those around me are suffering? Do I force myself back into the bubble and only focus on the bounty of our crops and the miracle of the Exodus? Or is there a parallel to the "shehecheyanu of a bee sting" that can be sought? Where can I find the blessings? Mr. (Fred) Rogers in a famous quote suggested that at times of tragedy we look at the helpers, the first responders, who out of the goodness of their character chose careers and/or just took initiative to help those in need. Amidst the horror there is still good in the world. That's where I will try to take my focus. That is the blessing I would like us to be educating our children to appreciate and to strive towards. I want them to embody the blessing of being a source of help.

In Jewish liturgy we ask for the "Sukkah of peace" to be spread over us and all of Israel. May it also be spread across our country and the entire world. Chag Sameach -Zvi

I know that at times of tragedy and particularly of violence, families may seek guidance on how to talk to their children. Click here for an article on the topic that we have shared with  our teachers. Feel free to reach out to Rabbi Hahn Tapper or me for support  in this regard.
Sukkot Resources:

If you do not have plans for the holidays, we encourage you to look into your local synagogues for 
services and family programming. Please contact  Rabbi Hahn Tapper for more information.

Camp Shalom Fall Mini Camps
Camp Shalom is running Fall Mini Camps Tomorrow, Thu. Oct. 5th, Fri. Oct. 6th, Thu. Oct. 12th, and Fri. Oct. 13th. 
9:00am - 3:00pm. Extended hours are available More info
School Picture Orders
Order pictures by Fri. Oct. 13th to receive the printed pictures by the end of the month.  To place an online order for school  pictures,  please  click here The order code for Yavneh  Day  School is: 1718-0007.  Make up pictures will be offered on Fri. Nov. 10th. Please email Jennifer  to sign up.
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  Oct. 5-6
  Oct. 9 All School T'fillah in Yavneh's Sukkah 8:30am
  Oct. 10
Sukkot Family Celebration 3:30pm - 6:00pm 
*Note New Time
  Oct. 11
Simchat Torah Celebration at Beth David 8:30am
  Oct. 12-13
Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah SCHOOL CLOSED
  Oct. 16 All School T'fillah 8:30am 
  Oct. 19 Torah Service 8:30am 
  Oct. 20 Kabbalat Shabbat 2:30pm 
  Oct. 23 All School T'fillah 8:30am 

Sukkot Family Celebration
Tuesday, October 10th 3:30-6:00pm
Yavneh's Sukkah is built thanks to all of our amazing parent volunteers. Please join us in celebrating Sukkot. This year the YPA is excited to offer special programming by Camp Ramah and Rabbi Sarah Shulman including pickling, a community service project, 'Modeh Ani' gratitude crafts, GaGa & active camp games, singing & dancing, and an experiential values based learning activity for families to learn together. RSVP with the number of attendees. Activities are from 3:30-5:00pm; dinner is 5:00-6:00pm. 

Simchat Torah Celebration 
Wednesday, October 11th 8:30am
Yavneh will celebrate Simchat Torah at Congregation Beth David,  19700 Prospect Rd, Saratoga.  DROP OFF CHILDREN AT CONGREGATION BETH DAVID AT 8:30am. Room parents will coordinate v olunteer parents to drive students back to school around 10:15am. If you haven't already done so, please fill out your parent driver forms. Parents are welcome to stay for the celebration!
Teshuva Carnival 
Our annual Teshuvah Carnival took place on Friday. The middle school students created games that taught the rest of the school about the importance of tefillah, tzedakah, and teshuvah. 
There was dynamic Jewish learning through prayer obstacle courses, the building of ritual objects, student created trivia games, and genuine excitement around this interactive form of
learning.  More photos
Students in Action
Kitah Dalet prepared for a "Frida Kahlo Mexican Folk Art" exhibition coming to the lobby in November. They also spent time getting to know their buddy class, Kitah Alef T'enna. 
Kitah Gan Geffen explored what happens when plants do and don't have light and tested materials to see if they would sink or float in water. 
Kitah Gan Rimon has been drawing fish in visual arts and practiced being "shape detectives". 
Kitah Alef connected Yom Kippur to their science unit of liquids and solids by reading 'Bartholomew and the Ooblek' by Dr. Seuss. The children made and explored Oobleck which has qualities of both a liquid and a solid. They wrote and discussed their Oobleck experiment as scientists in Hebrew and English.
In conjunction with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley,  Yavneh students blew the shofar at various Senior Living Facilities to help the seniors in our community observe the  holidays. Kol Hakavod to our Yavneh Mitzva Master Blasters!
Middle School Girls Volleyball 
Kol Hakavod to the girls volleyball team on being 4-0 so far this season. 
Important Links
Volunteer Opportunities at Yavneh:  Click here
Afterschool Enrichment Classes and Yavneh Merchandise:  Click here (School Password yavneh1)
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In the Community
Congregation Shir Hadash  Sukkot Service and Visit to High Ground Organics CSA
Thursday, October 5th, 9:00am, Watsonville
Children and adults welcome. More info

Sukkot BBQ at the APJCC
Sunday, October 8, noon-2:00pm FREE  More info

KlezCalifornia Presents: Cabaret By The Bay
Sunday, October 22, 4:00-6:00pm at the Addison-Penzak JCC
You're invited to this cabaret featuring some of the Bay Area's greatest Yiddish and klezmer entertainers. Tickets and more information.

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Women's Philanthropy Dignity Drive
Now - October 26th, Levy Family Campus
Drop off NEW sports bras in any size for the Grateful Garment Project.