December 7, 2017, 19 Kislev 5778

Reminders for the Week:  Wear your Yavneh shirts on Monday. Early dismissal on Tuesday, 2:00pm. Club J Available. Maccabiah Games on Friday. Happy Hanukkah!

Chai Challenge 
14 Days Left -  Help us reach 100% in 100 days! 
Message from the Head of School  

Next week we will begin celebrating Hanukkah. While Hanukkah has been reinterpreted since talmudic times as a celebration of the miracle of the oil, at its core, it is the celebration of a military victory over Jerusalem that enabled, once again, for the Holy Temple to serve as the center of spiritual life for its Jewish inhabitants.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending a few minutes sitting in on a middle school Israel Studies class as they were discussing the status of modern day Jerusalem, specifically, the United States' official recognition of Jerusalem's status as the capital of Israel. One student raised her hand and said, "This makes no sense. Everyone knows that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Just google it." Students revisited various historical maps including that of the 1947 U. N. partition plan that they had just learned about in the context of the plan's 70th anniversary, and the plan's intention for the status of Jerusalem, as well as biblical claims and the references to Jerusalem in Hatikvah. As I left, the students discussed why anyone would care about or need approval for a country's choice of capital. It was a great discussion to set up an eventual study of  strategic considerations that could guide both support for and opposition to such a declaration. What a loaded subject. What a relevant topic.

As an almost seventh generation Jerusalemite (had my mother not relocated to L.A. before my birth), I was taken by the depth of knowledge that our students already had about Jerusalem, their level of connection, the diversity of their thinking and questioning, the teacher's skillful navigation of the instruction and discussion surrounding the topic, and mostly, the respectful tone of dialogue between students of differing opinions. It is my hope that educating a generation that will have the capacity to engage in such dialogue will bring us to the possibility of a peaceful future. This atmosphere of tolerance is one that could have served the Jewish people historically, including both the assimilationist Hellenists and the fundamentalist Hasmoneans who lived during the time of the Hanukkah story. I only regret that those ancestors of ours never had the opportunity to study Israel at Yavneh with Jamie Zimmer as their teacher!  Shabbat Shalom -Zvi
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  Dec. 7 Torah Service, 8:30am 
  Dec. 8 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm 
  Dec. 11 All School T'fillah, 8:30am
  Dec. 12 Early Dismissal at 2:00pm for Professional Development (Club J Available)
1st Night of Hanukkah
  Dec. 14 Torah Service, 8:30am 
2nd Nigh of Hanukkah
  Dec. 15 2nd Annual Maccabiah Games for Hanukkah
Hanukkah Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:15pm MPR
3rd Night of Hanukkah
  Dec. 18-Jan. 1 Winter break (return to school Jan. 2)

Students in Action
Kitah Zayin is working on building a Hanukkah menorah. Stay tuned! Kitah Chet students discovered the center of gravity through their learning of geometry. 
Yesterday, Kitah Hay toured the CA Thayer (a schooner preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park) and a ferry on the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. After eating lunch next to the bay, they explored the Visitors Center. This field trip augmented their learning in STEAM surrounding sailing conditions and helped students reflect on what explorers arriving to our country experienced in their travels.
The students love the newly painted basketball court painted by members of the basketball team and Coach Aylon.
Kitah Bet and families created Havdallah sets at their family learning experience. 
Kitah Dalet completed an investigation of angles using compasses. 
For the fourth year in a row, Yavneh participated in The Hour of Code during Computer Science
Education Week with robotics simulations, challenges, and coding.
Kitah Gan studied this week's Torah portion about Jacob and created a felt art piece of the story.
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What is the Chai Challenge? 
Thank you to everyone who has given to the Annual Campaign! If you haven't had the opportunity yet, please help your class reach 100% participation. For each grade, an anonymous donor who established the  Chai Challenge will gift $1,800 for reaching 100%. Any and all donations counts towards this goal. Please help us earn an additional $21,600 in the Annual  Campaign and  DONATE HERE .
In the Community
Embrace-A-Family with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 
Now - December 19th 
Each year JFS makes Hanukkah brighter for those in need. Look for dreidel boards at the Yavneh lobby from November 15th through December 19th. The   Embrace-A-Family Target Registry will be available   on the JFS website In addition to specific gifts, JFS is also asking for, l  arge new/unused gift bags, g  as cards, and g  ift cards to Target, Walmart, Trader Joe's and Safeway to serve our   clients throughout the year.   For more info: contact   Lori Cinnamon  (408) 357-7467

Super Sunday  

Sunday, December 10th 
Super Sunday is the Jewish Federation's biggest fundraising day. Help raise money for the APJCC,  JFS, Yavneh, Hillel Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Hillel, BBYO, SPHDS, Kehillah, Chia House, and the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Volunteers needed. Register here. 

Kehillah Jewish High School Admissions Open House
Sunday, December 10th,  2:00pm-4:30pm

Jewish Heritage Night at the Golden State Warriors
Thursday, December 14th, 7:30pm, More info and Tickets

URJ Camp Newman Benefit Concert at Shir Hadash, Light the Way to a New Camp Day 
Saturday, December 16th, 7:00-8:30pm
Fun and free benefit concert filled with Camp Newman melodies, Hanukkah lights and spirit! Funds raised will go directly to Newman to provide relief in the aftermath of the Northern California fires. All are welcome!

APJCC Winter Camp
Dates available from Monday, December 18th - January 5th, More info

"The MeshugaNutcracker!" in Movie  Theaters 
Tuesday, December 19th, 7:00pm
San Jose, Cupertino, and Redwood City
Created by Yavneh's very own performing arts teachers Scott and Shannon Guggenheim. "The MeshugaNutcracker!" is a full-length musical comedy that features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," including original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. More info, tickets, Free Chanukah Activity Booklet, and Coloring Contest

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