November 29, 2018, 21 Kislev 5778
This Week  הַשָּׁבוּעַ
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Reminders for the Week
  • Please be aware of your surroundings and be cautious in the parking lot, especially during this season of inclement weather.
  • Wear your Yavneh shirts on Monday
Message from the Yavneh Legacy Giving Chair
Yavneh has been a big part of our family’s daily life for eight years. We are fortunate to have such a great school available to us. We contribute to Yavneh as we can and we want to support Yavneh even after our youngest child, Mayer, graduates in a few years. Our oldest child, Maya, is in her final year in 8th grade.

A few years ago, we learned about Legacy Giving which is a way of making another donation. We decided to include Yavneh in our estate plans. Yavneh has meant that much to us and we would like to see Yavneh thrive for future generations. We are also including other organizations that we see as important to our community long term. Read more
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Nov. 30th
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm

Dec. 1st
9:00am, Congregation Sinai

Dec. 2nd
1st Night of Hanukkah

Dec. 3rd
All School T'fillah and Hanukkah Candle Lighting, 8:30am
Community Candle Lighting at the Pruneyard (Main Plaza Stage), Campbell, 5:30pm
Dec. 4th
Hanukkah Candle Lighting 8:45-9:00am
YPA Meeting, 8:45am, Activity Room C

Dec. 5th
Hanukkah Candle Lighting 8:45-9:00am

Dec. 6th
Torah Service and Hanukkah Candle Lighting, 8:30am

Dec. 7th
Kabbalat Shabbat and Hanukkah Candle Lighting, 2:15pm

Dec. 10th
Keshet of Kavod Assembly, 8:30am
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Yavneh Legacy Shabbat, Congregation Sinai
Sat. Dec. 1st, 9:00am
Please join us for the Legacy Shabbat at Sinai. Yavneh is an active member in the Community Legacy Project. Jewish tradition teaches that one of our key responsibilities is to make the world a better place for future generations. We look forward to seeing you there. More info 
Hanukkah Nomination Forms
Beginning on the morning of December 3rd, we will gather to kindle the lights of Hanukkah for that day. Each lighting gives us the opportunity to honor people who bring light to our lives, our class and our school. Everyone is invited to nominate someone that they feel is a source of light for the honor of lighting the school Hanukkiah. Parents are welcome to nominate their children. ​ Please fill out the submission form and place it in the box in the Main Office​​.​ Each day we will randomly draw two names from the box for the honor of lighting the Hanukkiah.
Menorahs & Miracles at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Sun., Dec. 2nd, 12:00-4:00pm 
This annual event features Yavneh 3rd grade students performing Hanukkah songs in the museum's theater at 2:00pm. Game and craft tables from the JCC, storytime with PJ Library, plus all your regular favorite museum activities. Open to the public. Regular museum admission fees apply. More info
Community Candle Lighting at the Pruneyard, Campbell
Mon. Dec. 3rd, 5:30pm
Yavneh's 3rd grade will perform at the Pruneyard as we light the menorah and celebrate Hanukkah together. The event will take place at the Main Plaza Stage. More info
Torah Dedication
Today, Yavneh dedicated a new Torah that had previously belonged to Tehiyah Day School. Pictured is Linda Riff, Tehiyah executive director. 
Hebrew Pearls פנינת הלשון
Hebrew Corner by Professor Edna Aphek

In this column, Yavneh Hebrew consultant, Professor Edna Aphek shares origins of Hanukkah related words, such as Hanukkiyah (Hanukkah menorah), a word coined in the late 19th century by Hemdah Ben Yehudah (second wife of Eliezer Ben Yehudah, who is credited with the revival of Hebrew as a modern language). The word Sufganiyah (Hanukkah donut) comes from the same Greek root as the word sponge – a reference to the absorption of oil in the dough. Dreidel was originally referred to as a “Kirkar” by Israel’s poet laureate, Haim Nahman Bialik. Read more
Students in Action
Kitah Gan Rimon took a field trip to Aerodynamic Aviation in San Jose today where they had some hands-on learning and even got to sit in the pilot's seat.
Hebrew integration takes place in all subjects at Yavneh. After reading science text in Hebrew class, Kitah Zayin and Kitah Chet performed a science experiment. 
Kitah Bet Zayit is learning about units of measurement using weights to measure kilograms and grams.
Community Good and Welfare
Mazal tov to Arabella McDonald on her upcoming Bat Mitzvah
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In the Community
APJCC Preschool Book Drive
Now-Dec. 11th
The APJCC Preschool is collecting used books in their office for their annual Book Sale. Books for both children and for grownups are welcome. The Book Sale will be held from Dec 11-14, in the preschool lobby. More info and to volunteer, contact: Jenna Waldman.

Embrace-A-Family with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 
Now-December 18th
Each year JFS makes Hanukkah brighter for those in need. Look for dreidel boards in the lobby. Pull a dreidel tag, purchase the item, return the gift and tag to the JFS office. There is also a Target Gift Registry. JFS is also asking for: large, new gift bags, gas cards, gift cards to Target, Walmart, Trader Joes and Safeway. Please check the Jewish Family Services website or contact: Lori Cinnamon at 408.357.7467 for more info or to volunteer.

Kehillah Jewish High School Admissions Open House
Sun. Dec. 2nd, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Prospective families are invited to come and hear from our students, faculty, and administrators about the Kehillah Jewish High School experience at our upcoming open house! All middle school family members are invited. RSVP & More Info

Pursuing Justice in the Criminal Justice System, South Bay Institute Speakers Series
Thu. Dec. 6th, 7-9:00pm, APJCC
Aaron Zisser, former U.S. Department of Justice civil rights attorney and former San Jose Independent Police Auditor, will speak about criminal justice reform. Aaron Zisser is an alumnus of Yavneh Day School. Register here

BBYO Global Shabbat: Let There Be Light
Fri. Dec. 7th, 6-9:00pm, APJCC
Communities from all across the world will gather for Global Shabbat on December 7. BBYO Central Region West will be shedding more light on the issue of homelessness. Enjoy Shabbat dinner and Hanukkah candle lighting and learn more about homelessness in the Bay Area. This event is for everyone: teens and their families together! Register for Global Shabbat as a family here for $30 or register an individual teen here for $15.

Piano Concert: Neil Rutman at the APJCC
Tue. Dec. 18th, 7:00pm
Acclaimed concert pianist Neil Rutman presents an evening of Debussy, Chopin, Gershwin and Queen (yes, the rock band) in the APJCC Auditorium. Tickets