February 8, 2018, 23 Sh'vat 5778

Reminders for the Week: Special 36th Anniversary Kabbalat Shabbat in Auditorium at 2:15pm tomorrow. 

Message from the Head of School 

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you as we gather to celebrate 36 years of Yavneh with our students tomorrow at Kabbalat Shabbat and on Sunday evening with the broader community. It will be a wonderful celebration of our past as we prepare to plan for our future.

As often is the case when Jewish institutions embark on construction projects, I can't help but think of the process described in the Torah involving the construction of the Tabernacle. The Talmud notes that God gave direction to Moses to "make a tabernacle (structure), ark and vessels". When Moses passes the directions on to Bezalel, the craftsmen, he reverses the order to prioritize the contents over the structure. Bezalel points out to Moses that without first building a structure, there will be no place to house the contents (thus fulfilling God's intention).

As I look at Yavneh's future, I realize the importance of focusing on both structure and content. We need a strong sense of future program to design the most effective facility. As we begin to create plans for our future, I would like to include the vision of as many stakeholders as possible. Please mark your calendars for a special town hall meeting, to be held on February 22nd, 7:00PM - 8:30PM. The evening will give us an opportunity to dream together as we focus on imagining the Yavneh of our future, both in terms of program and facility. The results of our discussions, along with similar discussions held with the board, faculty and other stakeholders, will inform the planning of our next phases of construction and the continued evolution of our program. I hope that you can bring your creative juices and join us for this important evening!

Shabbat Shalom - Zvi
Calendar and Upcoming Events
  Feb. 9 Special 36 Year Anniversary Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:15pm Auditorium
*Dairy Lunch
  Feb. 11 Yavneh's 36 Year Celebration Spring Benefit, 5:30pm-8:30pm 
  Feb. 12 All School T'fillah and Keshet of Kavod Assembly, 8:30am 
  Feb. 14 Middle School Science Fair, 4:45pm-6:00pm
  Feb. 15 Torah Service, 8:30am 
  Feb. 16 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm 
  Feb. 19 President's Day, SCHOOL CLOSED
  Feb. 22 Torah Service, 8:30am 
  Feb. 23 Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:30pm 
  Feb. 26 All School T'fillah, 8:30am
  Mar. 1 Purim Celebration, 12:15pm Dismissal
  Mar. 2, 5 Family Conferences, NO SCHOOL 

Sunday, February 11 at 5:30pm 
This will be an evening filled with great food, friends, laughter, and surprises!
Childcare is available (ages 4-13). 

36th Year Anniversary 
Kabbalat  Shabbat
Friday, February 9th, 2:15, Auditorium
Join us for a very special Kabbalat Shabbat celebrating Yavneh Day School's 36 Year Anniversary - followed by cupcakes! 
San Jose Sharks Jewish Heritage Night
Monday, March 12th, 7:30pm 
Join your local Jewish community and root for the San Jose Sharks as they take on the Detroit Redwings. Tickets are $43 each. Use ticket link below to purchase tickets by February 19th. Pick up tickets in Yavneh's office. 


Thursday, February 22nd, 7:00pm-8:30pm
The evening will give us an opportunity to dream together as we focus on imagining
the Yavneh of our future. Adults only. 
Friday, March 2nd & Monday, March 5th 
Family Conferences  are around the corner . Stay tuned for an email next week to schedule your conference using "pick-a-time". 

Yavneh's Spring Musical
March 7th and March 8th 
Save the Date. Tickets and more info soon.

Generations Day
Friday, March 9th 11am-3:00pm 
Grandparents and special friends are invited to spend the day at Yavneh. 

Students in Action
Kitah Gimel began their outer space unit with a field trip to the Chabot Space and Science center. 
Kitah Gan took their Green Week field trip to Hidden Villa Farm. 
Kitah Bet visited McClellan Ranch for Green Week and took part in a Hebrew nature walk around the school campus. 
Important Links
Hot Lunch: Menu
Volunteer Opportunities at Yavneh:  Click here
Afterschool Enrichment Classes and Yavneh Merchandise:  Click here (School Password yavneh1)
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Challah Order Form:   Click here  
In The Community
Temple Emanu-El Purim Shpiel and Carnival
Sunday, February 25th, 11:00am-1:30pm,  More info

Congregation Beth David Purim Festivities 
Wednesday, February 28th 5:30pm -  Family Megillah Reading, Dinner
Sunday, March 4th, 11:00am-1:30pm - Purim Carnival 

Congregation Shir Hadash Purim Festivities
Wednesday, February 28th, 6:00pm - Dinner, Purim Service and Shpiel
Sunday, March 4th, 11:30am-2:00pm - Purim Festival 

Congregation Sinai Purim Festivities
Wednesday February 28th, 6:00pm - Purim Extravaganza
Sunday, March 4th, 11:00am-2:00pm - Puppet Show, Parade, and Carnival

Festifun 2018: The Biggest Israeli Kids Show Ever to Hit the Bay Area!
Sunday, March 18th, 4:00pm, Bayside Performing Arts Center, San Mateo
A spectacular show presenting the greatest stars from Israel: Dod Haiim, Naama Super Al, Moshe Datz, and Omri Rotbard.  This year the Festifun will salute Israel with a special show called: "70 Years of Childhood".  All seats are assigned. Tickets at $40. $45, $55. For  more info and to o rder tickets call 408-530-8243  or  pay by credit card here .

Community Good and Welfare
Condolences to Susan, Steven, Zach, Molly and Naava Ellenberg and their family on
the passing of Dr. Harvey Slater, father of Susan.