The Yavneh Academy
is a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school
located in Paramus
, New Jersey
, United States
. It educates 700 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school's motto is "Stimulating the mind, Nourishing the soul." The school was originally established in Paterson, New Jersey
Yavneh's current principal is Rabbi Jonathan Knapp.
In 2006, the SINAI Special Needs Institute, an educational program for Jewish children and young adults with special needs, opened its first full-time Jewish elementary school program in Northern New Jersey at Yavneh Academy.
Awards and recognition
Yavneh Academy has received many awards including: winning the Stock Market Game in New Jersey
for middle school students in 1995, 1996, 2001, 2005, and 2006 led by math teacher Howard Goldberg. They have also won numerous awards for chess, basketball and hockey. On Jerusalem Day 2007, Josh Maier, a student from Yavneh, won first place in the international Chidon Jerusalem. In 2008 Shaya Oster was a finalist in the national Chidon Yisrael, for America, and competed for the international Chidon Yisrael.
Yavneh Academy has a basketball team, and a fairly new hockey team. The hockey team won the Yeshiva League 2006 floor hockey Championships beating SAR Academy
, and were the runner ups in the 2007 league losing to SAR Academy
, and making it to the championship game in 2008, against Moriah School of Englewood
, which they eventually lost in a close match. The Girls basketball team won the 2003 championship, going undefeated. Now, they also have a girl's hockey team.
In addition to hosting Chesed Fairs for its students, Yavneh Academy arranges Chesed outings for its students. One such example is Yavneh's participation in the Hebrew Free Burial Association
's Cemetery Clean-Up Project (Pictures of Yavneh Students cleaning Silver Lake Cemetery
). Another example is the JCC Sukkot program. Yavneh also participates actively in the Salute to Israel Parade
's Fifth Avenue
. Last yer the theme that Yavneh was given was "Holidays Enlighten Our Lives", and the theme for this year was "60 Years of Patriotic Pride".