November 19, 2020, 3 Kislev 5781
This Week  הַשָּׁבוּעַ
A special benefit to the Yavneh experience is our unique way of building community. Weekly T’fillah and Shabbat gatherings, daily lunchtime Chavurah, cross-grade buddy program, grade level online social opportunities, and generational events are just a few examples of how Yavneh builds a robust support network for each individual student and family. Thanks to the generosity of our families during the Chai Challenge, our community building programs allow our school to carry on one of Yavneh’s core teachings, to take care of each other. #ThisIsYWeChai

We are currently at 25% family participation
Getting to 100% will help us unlock a $200K additional donation from an anonymous donor.
Message from Rabbi Hahn Tapper
American Jew? Jewish American? Yavneh students, whether subconsciously or consciously, are continually navigating these intertwining social identities - , one being an identity of the dominant culture and one being part of a minority culture. As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving this year in 2020 at the end of a presidential election cycle, in the midst of a global pandemic, some of our middle school students have been reflecting deeply about what their social identities mean to them and their place in the current landscape of American life. Here are the reflections of current 8th grader Gabe.

The Importance of Social Justice Class
By Gabe, Kitah Chet
This summer, I watched America protest the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other victims who died because of racially motivated police brutality. I saw the images and videos of these murders and the harassment black people have to go through every day because of their skin color. I watched reporters and protesters alike being showered with rubber bullets and tear gas by police and the National Guard for standing up for what they believe in, and it was then I decided to commit to learning more about race and racism in this country. I read several books, including one I would really recommend for people who want to learn more about race in America, Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. It was a very enlightening experience to hear about things that I usually didn’t hear about inside the “bubble” of privilege I and many of my fellow Yavneh students have.. This experience taught me more than just the history of race in this country; it taught me how important it is to hear firsthand accounts of racism and injustice, as well as just how deeply rooted racism is in this country. The only way we can minimize and de-institutionalize racism and bigotry is by having a diverse coalition of anti-racists, and the only way to make a diverse coalition of anti-racists is by educating people. Read more
Virtual Family Conferences
November 23rd and November 24th
Family Conferences will be held via Zoom. If you have not scheduled your conference yet, please email Jennifer.
Return to In-Person Learning Updates
Please visit our website for the latest on our current status of school operations. Use your login to access the parent portal.
Generations Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, November 20th 2:30pm 
Please join Yavneh Day School online for Generations Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 2:30pm. Grandparents, alumni, & friends are invited to log-in and celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat together from your home.

Online ONLY Scholastic Book Fair
Now - 29th
Our online Scholastic Book Fair is the perfect place to stock up on winter reading and holiday gifts. Yavneh will earn 25% of every purchase made to support our school. Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. The Book Fair will be open for purchases Nov. 16th - Nov. 29th.
Family Day of Code, Tinkering, and Play
On Sunday, Yavneh hosted our 7th Annual Family Day of Code, Tinkering, and Play with over 300 participants online! Parents and children enjoyed coding, a robotics simulator, escape rooms, tinkering stations, and a family engineering challenge. Thank you to Morah Vanina for creating such a fantastic event as always. Together, we made the Family Day of Code, Tinkering, and Play 7.0 a reality! Enjoy this clip above.
Reading Week
What an amazing Reading Week so far! We began with a whole school Drop Everything and Read, followed by mystery readers, guest authors and illustrators, and Book Character Day. Remember to wear your PJ's and bring your favorite stuffy for "Cuddle up and Read with your Buddy Class" tomorrow.

Thank you to all of the incredible guest authors and illustrators that volunteered their time and participated in Yavneh’s Virtual Reading Week. A special thank you to Jenna Waldman for connecting us with many of our accomplished guests:
Edna Aphek
Brian Arnold
Ashley Belote
Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Christine Evans
Vicky Fang
Katie Frawley
Carrie Finison
Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
Heather Kinser
Kari Lavelle
Christy Mihaly
Victoria Nelson
Jesse Orenshein
Nadia Salomon
Becky Scharnhorst
Jenna Waldman
Derick Wilder
Evan Wolkenstein
Chelsea Lin Wallace
Students in Action
In Kitah Alef, children worked on a creative project using fall leaves to make their own leaf people! This project will lead into their next unit on coding and designing robots.
Last Monday was the 50th day of school. Kitah Gan counted to fifty, jumped fifty times, counted fifty items, and made necklaces with fifty beads.
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Community Good and Welfare
Mazal tov to Mrs. Haritan and her family on the birth of Noa Judith Haritan, born November 14th at 9:24pm, weighing 7 lbs 15oz.
Tribute Donations
Thank you to the following for the recent tribute donation:
Aurianne and Adam Dorsay, In memory of Angela Gold
Eden Peled, in honor of Uncle Adam Shecter
Annual Campaign 2020-2021
Your family's gift is an investment in Yavneh's varied curriculum, exceptional faculty, and diverse student body. To participate in this year's Annual Campaign / Chai Challenge, please DONATE HERE.

All gifts are greatly appreciated and we thank the most recent families and organizations who have donated to our 2020-2021 Annual Campaign. Donations received Oct. 27th - Nov. 16th 2020:

Maryann and Dmitry Barsky
Shelly Butcher
Aurianne and Adam Dorsay
Joanne and Marc Field
Rebecca and Arnnon Geshuri*
Leslie Banks and James Miller
Kim Cousens and Jonathan Peck
Jerami Shecter and Nir Peled
Holly Nattrass Raif and Aaron Raif
Maya Kochman and Oren Singer
Liza and Ilya Slain
Jamie and Ilan Zimmer
Rebecca and Aaron Zisser

* Leadership Circle 2020-2021
+ Grants Received and/or Pledged
Please forgive errors and omissions. Please contact our Development Office to make your pledged donation or learn more about our Annual Campaign.
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This is an abbreviated version of Hashavua. Parents, please see your email for the full version of Hashavua which includes Yavneh’s calendar and upcoming events.