How it Started

In 1980, several pioneering spirits sat around a kitchen table and dreamed about spearheading the creation of a Jewish Day School for the South Bay. These visionaries, recognizing the growing need for such a school, envisioned a place of learning that would represent the merging of the modern world with the great traditions of the Jewish people. In the fall of 1981, Yavneh Day School was born, welcoming its first students into the halls of Congregation Beth David in Saratoga.

How it’s Going

Since those first days, Silicon Valley has grown in a multitude of ways, and so has Yavneh. Now 40 years strong and halfway through the 16th year on the Levy Family Campus, Yavneh is instilling a love of learning in a new generation of lifelong learners. The pioneer founders are now supportive grandparents, and the children who first walked through the doors are now parents and educators passing down their wisdom and knowledge for generations to come.

An Investment in Our Future

Jewish Silicon Valley is proud to support the community of Yavneh educators who are developing programming and curriculum with intentionality that is rooted in four fundamental beliefs: Relevance, Diverse Learning, Judaism, and Partnership. Students graduate with a valuable and strong sense of Jewish identity, equipped with the tools they need to grow into conscious citizens who think critically and embrace their world as they encounter it with knowledge and know-how. Support for Yavneh from the JSV community is an investment in our next generation of leaders.

"Yavneh curriculum is amazing, always advancing and growing. Looking at the 8th grade class every year reminds me of the great confidence and leadership that results."

"Yavneh has helped me discover my true passions. My teachers care not just about my education but about me. Next year I will be going to high school and I could not feel more prepared."

I like Yavneh because it challenges me and encourages me to do better. All the teachers really care about who we are socially and academically.

Yavneh is such a blessing! The values, academic program, and community - what a gift to be able to send our children to this phenomenal school.

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