Jewish Life at Yavneh
Our motto “Living Judaism today. For tomorrow” is reinforced through the ongoing teaching and integration of the Hebrew language and Jewish calendar. This is integral in the daily life of every College student, from Crèche through to Year 12. Our distinctive Jewish and Zionist ethos permeates every aspect of the day and week.
The College provides an intensive Jewish learning program to produce graduates with knowledge in Ivrit, Jewish texts and practice – and an intense love for Israel.
Our students are encouraged to apply their Jewish knowledge to everyday life, harmoniously fusing together their identities as Jews and members of the modern and sophisticated society in which we live.
Experiential Jewish Education
As well as our formal curriculum, Yavneh boasts a brilliant Jewish Life department. Our local Jewish Life team, together with our Israeli Banot Sherut Leumi and Hesder Bachurim, conduct regular programs for students of all ages, designed to increase their knowledge and awareness of upcoming Chagim (festivals), current events in Israel as well as personal development sessions guided by Jewish values. The students look forward to Shabbatonim, Zionist camps and Hadracha (leadership) seminars run by our capable, fun and vibrant Jewish Life department.
Key Programs Offered
Bat Mitzvah Program
One of our most exciting initiatives has been the rejuvenation of the Bat Mitzvah program. The program includes one formal class each week and special activities as listed below throughout the year.
- Fortnightly craft club for girls
- Mother/Daughter and Father/Daughter learning evening per term
- Bat Mitzvah Mother/Daughter Shabbaton
- Grandparent and Special Friend evening
- Middot Tovot project
- Tzedakah project
- Community service
Sessions cover a wide range of topics including mitzvot and midot, halacha, and the development of an understanding of who they are in connection to family, community, society, their roots, their own Bat Mitzvah parsha and to Israel. Guest speakers are invited to broaden their insight into Judaism, as they embark on their journey into adulthood as Jewish women.
The program culminates in an evening of celebration where the Bnot Mitzvah showcase their learning and have the opportunity to honour their parents, family and their ancestry. The amazing feedback from attendees stands as testament to the value and public relations gained from having a strong Jewish Life program.
Over the past 4 years this program has grown and developed into a highlight for our Year 6 girls.
Bar Mitzvah Program
Known as the ‘BarMe’ program our year 7 boys begin their secondary schooling with a year of personal growth. The aim of the program is to challenge to students to think deeply about the significance of a Bar-Mitzvah beyond the celebration. Students consider Middot (Jewish Values) as they begin to develop a sense of personal identity in adolescence.
Beginning with an exciting launch, the program is designed to give students ownership of their Jewish identity by focussing on a specific mitzvah through a structured project. Students can choose to focus on: Torah Learning, Chessed, Shabbat, Tefillin or another mitzvah of their choice.
The program also includes a range of activities such as:
- Learning with family
- Tzitzit workshop
- Understanding Tefillin
- Afterschool programs
- Year 7 Minyan
- Graduation Celebration
Beit Midrash Program
Yavneh is justly proud of its Beit Midrash program. The presence on campus of the Senior Rabbi of Mizrachi, Rabbi Danny Mirvis, and the Mizrachi Rosh Kollel, Rav Yehoshua Asulin, together with our Israeli Hesder Bachurim, ensures that each student has the opportunity to learn ‘Chavrutah’ style in a stimulating and authentic Yeshiva environment. As well as bringing a taste of Israel into Yavneh, the Beit Midrash gives students an opportunity to increase their Jewish learning and facilitates the forming of timeless bonds with these wonderful young role models.
Yavneh produces students who are knowledgeable, passionate Jews, able to understand their past and equipped to shape their future.
Beyond the Classroom
From Kindergarten through to Year 12 our students are immersed in Jewish communal life. The School is closely affiliated with the various synagogues, Aged Care centres, and other Jewish community organisations. Our staff and students work closely with youth movements, support Tzedakah and various charity programs and nurture a strong sense of community through representation and participation in communal functions and celebrations.