The Season, Connecting Alumni and Community, Fall 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!
Message from the VP of Advancement, Board of Trustees
This Fall, the headlines and our social media feeds are full of heavy topics – fear, hatred, hope, tragedy. A teaching season that has asked more of us as parents, grandparents and caregivers than perhaps we thought we could manage. It seems tougher than ever at times.

Yet, one of the biggest emotional gifts of parenting is the empathy for the many difficult choices our own parents made with us. Let’s be honest, raising children was never easy. Oy vey! Filled with thousands of choices, one just hopes to make as many ‘right’ choices as possible. I know one thing is for sure. Choosing Yavneh was one the best decisions my husband Kirk and I have made as parents. Read more
Annual Campaign
Tuition covers less than 80% of the budget required to provide a Yavneh education; the rest comes from your gifts, in the form of donations of those in our community, including alumni, grandparents, and current and former families. Please help Yavneh continue to grow and bring meaningful learning experiences to our students and Donate Online or mail in your gift to: Yavneh Day School, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 100, Los Gatos, CA 95032. All donations are 100% tax deductible and greatly appreciated. 

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2017-2018 was a tremendous year! Please see more in our Annual Report.  
Highlights of the Season
Our New Beit Kehillah
On October 25th we held our our first school-wide gathering in our new Beit Kehillah. This new space houses a community meeting space, a teaching kitchen, two breakout classrooms, a new teachers lounge, and two offices. As Yavneh has grown to over 200 students, this was a much needed expansion.

Thank you to everyone especially the Wolff Family, who made this new space possible. We began the morning Torah service with Hachnassat Torah (bringing the torah scrolls to the new space) and the lighting of the Ner Tamid. A Kitah Dalet (4th grade) student shares,“When I was in the new Beit Kehillah I felt transported.” More Photos
Students Create a Stop Motion Video for Rosh Hashanah 
In the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) program, students learn to create stop motion clay animation videos.

Please enjoy this Rosh Hashanah video created by Yavneh 8th grade students (and sisters) Dana and Neta.
Family Day of Code, Tinkering & Play 5.0
What an amazing Family Day of Code, Tinkering, and Play! Over 300 parents and pre-K to 8th grade students attended this annual event; including coding sessions, robotic challenges, an escape room, tinkering stations, rocket launching, and a family challenge to build a city of cards. Thank you to Morah Vanina and all of the volunteers. More photos
Teshuva Justice Project
In preparation for Yom Kippur, Yavneh participated in a Teshuva Justice project inspired by the Book of Isaiah. In the Haftorah portion, the Prophet Isaiah rebukes the people that their fast is meaningless unless they do acts of justice like feeding the hungry and helping those without homes. Projects included making blankets for a local shelter, preparing sandwiches for the hungry, and creating care packages. More photos
Supporter Spotlight
Rose Heide and Gary Sweet z”l are devoted grandparents of a Yavneh Day School student. Since their granddaughter Keira started 8 years ago in Kindergarten, they have volunteered hours, given to the Annual Campaign and have had a genuine love of Yavneh Day School.

Rose found her niche working in the library each Tuesday. Driving down from San Francisco, Rose spends time checking in and out books, finding the best books for teachers and working with young readers to polish their new found love of reading. Rose explains her motivation to start volunteering each week at Yavneh was to be closer to her granddaughter, to meet her friends and teachers, and give back to the community. Although Rose does not live across the country, or world, like many of Yavneh’s grandparents; living in San Francisco often makes it hard to find time to spend in Keira’s busy life. The weekly visit helps bond her relationship with her granddaughter.

Keira Sweet, Rose’s granddaughter, recently shared, “I love when Omi comes to spend time at Yavneh. It’s fun to see her and have her meet my friends. I especially like when I get a chance to see her in the hallway and give her a hug.” Shanin Fox, Yavneh Day School’s librarian, shared about Rose: “I love my job, and having Rose around helps makes it even more fun. She is a project master, but more importantly she brings laughter to the library.” It is special and appreciated when a volunteer spends time meeting our students and gets to know them. Yavneh students, especially Keira, look forward each week to seeing Rose and spending time with her in the library.

With sadness, Gary passed away this last summer. Rose shared, “Gary especially enjoyed Generations Day and he looked forward to spending the day in Keira’s classrooms and hearing about what she spent the day learning.” Along with Rose’s many volunteer hours, Rose and Gary believed donating to Yavneh gave them tremendous pleasure knowing they could help the students of Yavneh just a little bit more. We are grateful for all Rose and Gary do to help Yavneh Day School.
Alumni Spotlight
Alumnus Ben Talei attended Yavneh from 1985-1990.
After his time at Yavneh, Ben Talei went on to UCLA where he earned his undergraduate degree in physiological sciences. Ben continued his studies at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. Ben now operates a successful practice in Beverly Hills with a focus on facial reconstruction and congenital anomalies. Throughout his career Ben has made a commitment serving the community donating his time as well as a portion of surgical proceeds to charitable causes.

Ben said he made lifelong friends at Yavneh that he couldn’t have found anywhere else and attributes some of his success to his time at Yavneh—noting in particular, “the culture of family at Yavneh.”

“Our teachers there truly loved us,” he said. “The culture was not one of giving kids meaningless tasks and testing. Instead we were nurtured.” As an adult, Ben gives back to the community in a variety of ways and highlights experiences during his time at Yavneh certainly contributed to his desire to help others. “At Yavneh we were just surrounded by nice people everywhere,” he said. “Growing up like that you know it’s your duty to help others less fortunate.”

Not only is Ben good with his hands, but he has music in his heart. Ben excelled as a piano teacher and composer. He would teach children in underserved communities free of charge. At the same time, he served as a youth mentor with COPE (Community Outreach for Prevention and Education) in Venice and East Los Angeles and with the Big Brothers of UCLA.

An artisan in many ways, Ben said he has always enjoyed endeavors that involve working with his hands. He recalls a fun story his dad would always bring up between himself and Morah Shula: “We used to do so many learning activities and during one I guess I had made a milk carton into a house with the garage on the second floor using an elevator,” Ben said. “To this day my dad likes to bring that up and compare me to the Japanese who started using car elevators around that time.”

A true creative since childhood, he has been involved in upholstering, sewing of Victorian lampshades, carpentry and stone sculpting. He is also an avid cook with an ever-growing list of recipes ( #BenTaleisKitchen).
Alumna Noa Berkenwald '18 is a freshman in High School this year and we are honored to share that she has dedicated many of her High School volunteer hours at Yavneh Day School where she helps in the classrooms of her former buddy class and in the art room. Take a look at this video to hear from Noa about why she volunteers her time at Yavneh.

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Alumni Simchas
Alumna Eden Rousso '10, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with two degrees in Screenwriting and Theatre (Summa Cum Laude) in May 2018. She also was named the best screenwriter of her graduating class.

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Upcoming Events - Alumni and Yavneh Supporters Welcome
Sun. Dec. 2nd
1st Night of Hanukkah
Menorahs and Miracles at the Children's Discover Museum of San Jose, Noon-4pm
Yavneh's 3rd Grade performs at Noon!

Wed. Jan. 16th
Open House 2019
Classrooms will be open, come see student work.

Fri. Feb. 15th
Generations Day 2019  
Grandparents, special friends, and alumni are invited to spend the day at Yavneh. Visit the classrooms, enjoy lunch, and celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat together. 
RSVP coming soon
Sun. Apr. 7th
Spring Benefit, A Night of Magic Honoring Rebecca and Arnnon Geshuri
For sponsorships and to volunteer, contact Daniela Silverstein

Mon. May. 13th
Art Walk 2019

Wed. June 5th
8th Grade Graduation and Alumni Reception

Alumni Volunteer Days for High School Students
Jan. 7th, Mar. 18th, Apr. 8th, & May 20th
Share your experiences, volunteer in the classrooms, and give back to Yavneh.