Tehiyah Day School
|Tehiyah Day School|
|2603 Tassajara Ave|
|Head of School||Bathea James|
|Number of students||approximately 300|
Tehiyah was founded in 1979 by a small group of parents who were interested in providing a pluralistic Jewish education for their children. The school has since grown from its original 15 students to over 270 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Tehiyah moved to its current site in the El Cerrito hills in 1984, which was purchased from the Richmond Unified School District. In 2007, Bathea James became the Head of School. Ms. James is the past president of RAVSAK - the Jewish community day school network. 
In 2001 the entire school's student body participated in tree planting along several creeks of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and East Bay Regional Park District lands to help improve habitats for endangered species and riparian vegetation. This was the first time an entire school as opposed to a group of students did so.
Mission and Philosophy
"The mission of Tehiyah Day School is to inspire curiosity, a strong sense of community, and a vibrant connection to Judaism. At Tehiyah, we live the curriculum!
"Tehiyah is guided in the pursuit of its mission by core Jewish values that include the following:
- Kehillah(Community): Promote a strong sense of community and ruach (spirit). Families, teachers and administrators work together to create an environment that is warm, safe, nurturing, inclusive and welcoming. A significant aspect of the Tehiyah community is the diversity of religious observances, honoring all points of entry into the Jewish experience. People with secular beliefs and those with a more traditional outlook can find connections at Tehiyah.
- L'midah(Lifelong Learning): Nurture the unique potential of all students and instill in them a capacity for creative thinking and an intellectual curiosity.
- Menschlichkeit(Being a Good Person): Strive to raise "mensches," creating a culture of derekh eretz (thoughtful conduct), kavod (treating each other with respect), chesed (kindness), and rachamanut (compassion).
- Ruach (Connection to Judaism): Inspire students to develop a personal connection to Jewish life and to understand and appreciate the wisdom, spiritual depth and ethical guidance of Judaism.
- Tikkun Olam (Social Responsibility): Prepare students for responsible citizenship in the broader community, encouraging them through individual and collective action to make the world around them a more compassionate, just, and peaceful place.
- Yisrael (The Land of Israel): Foster an inextricable commitment to, and love for, the State of Israel, its culture, language, history, and land. Support Israel in a thoughtful way without lockstep support of any particular governmental position or political party. Support Israel by taking an unequivocal stand on its right to sovereignty, and by fostering many and varied connections to Israeli culture.
"Tehiyah has developed the following educational priorities:
- Ensuring that students internalize what they study through project-based education and multiple pathways to learning. (L'midah)
- Providing a place to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually, and a lifelong educational foundation for the whole person. (Menschlichkeit)
- Creating a safe, nurturing and pluralistic Jewish environment while at the same time challenging our students' intellects. (Ruach)
- Enabling each child to develop Jewish literacy including joy and pride in Jewish identity and respect for differences in the breadth, beauty, diversity, and resilience of Jewish observances. As a Jewish community day school not affiliated with any single movement, Tehiyah Day School creates a contemporary Jewish experience in an environment that provides equal learning opportunities for all students. (Ruach)
- Teaching Hebrew and thus providing students with the means to form a strong connection to their heritage. (Ruach)
- Bringing to life what students learn in Judaic Studies and in Hebrew. To this end, the eighth-grade class is given the opportunity to participate in a class trip to Israel. (Yisrael)
- Helping students become responsible, compassionate members of the community and of the world. (Kehillah, Tikkun Olam)
- Fostering and promoting academic excellence and creative expression in both General and Judaic Studies. (L'midah)"
Although Tehiyah is not affiliated with any Jewish denomination or movement, it provides both a secular and religious education to its students.The school observes Jewish holidays, and is famous for its annual Purim carnival. Tehiyah has a vibrant visual and performing arts department, as well as strong programs in math, science, and the humanities. All students are required to study the Hebrew language. Additionally, Tehiyah has an after school program which features enrichment classes.
The 3-acre (12,000 m2) campus is located in El Cerrito hills, and has steadily grown since its inception. The school’s library features over 18,000 titles include more than a thousand written in Hebrew, and more than 1200 fiction and nonfiction Judaica titles. The school celebrated the opening of a new gymnasium in 2002. Tehiyah also has a kosher kitchen.
The campus is accessible by public transportation from AC Transit's line 7 Arlington connecting the school with Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland, in addition to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations in El Cerrito and Berkeley
Spearheaded by former S.F. State University basketball star Randal Gory, the Tehiyah’s athletic program is one of the strongest programs in the Independent School League. The boy’s basketball team has won several league championships in recent years. Other sports teams include flag football, soccer, cross country, and volleyball. All students are required to participate in the school’s physical education program during the school day. The school has also been the host of several four square tournaments.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 About Tehiyah, access date 19-02-2009
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Tehiyah Day School kids plant trees in East Bay mud, by Ronnie Caplane, J Weekly, February 16, 2001, accessed 23-03-2009
- ↑ http://www.tehiyah.org/About_Tehiyah/mission.html
- ↑ Buses to Schools, AC Transit website, access date 19-02-2009
- ↑ Map of stops for line 7, AC Transit website, access date 19-02-2009