Yavneh Academy began its 75th anniversary year on September 17 with a carnival, brunch, and tours of the school’s newly renovated spaces. Parents, students, grandparents, alumni, and friends all came to celebrate. Yavneh middle school students ran the carnival games for younger students and acted as tour guides for parents and alumni. Kickoff chairs Chaikie Berg, Naomi Berkowitz, and Keren Nussbaum planned the event.
The day began with a performance by the Yavneh chorus, followed by greetings from the head of school, Rabbi Jonathan Knapp; Rachel Jacobs, who is a Yavneh alumna and parent, as well as president of its parents’ association, and board president Pamela Scheininger. Saragail Chessin Carpe, Judy Blake, and Ruth Brooks, children of Yavneh founding members, shared memories of Yavneh’s earliest years. The school began in 1942 with five kindergarteners, and it now has 850 students.
Trudy and George Stiefel and their son Marvin presented the school with a check for $150,000. It’s a gift from Congregation Bnai Israel — Ahavath Joseph in Paterson, which has closed. The school’s roots are in Paterson and the shul had a special connection to it. The shul’s remaining members hope its contribution will help Yavneh continue its longstanding tradition of academic excellence and its commitment to Torah and middot in a warm and supportive environment.
The school hopes to connect with alumni and their families as it celebrates this milestone year.