Message from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
In the aftermath of the destruction of the Temple in 70CE and the subsequent exile of our people, the school at Yavneh in Israel guaranteed the survival of the Jewish nation, against the odds.
Ever since that time, Yavneh has been a term synonymous with high quality Jewish education and Jewish continuity. In this context, Yavneh College admirably lives up to its name.
Ever since the opening of the school in September 2006, I have derived much pleasure in seeing the school achieve outstanding standards in both Jewish and secular education. Dr Dena Coleman, still so sadly missed, has left a wonderful legacy for her talented successor, Mr Spencer Lewis, to build on.
Yavneh College provides a solid, well-rounded education, inculcating in its students both a loyalty to our faith with a desire to make a valuable contribution to society. In my role as Chief Rabbi, I am setting Jewish education as a high priority. I hardly need to tell you, as prospective parents, how crucially important Jewish day schools are.
In our daily Amida prayer, our first plea to the Almighty is “Ata chonen…” – for the attainment of knowledge, discernment and understanding. Through our schools, our timeless tradition finds timely relevance for our children, and our rich heritage and proud identity are passed on to future generations.
I send my heartfelt blessings and good wishes to the Headteacher, staff and all involved in the running of Yavneh College. May the school continue to be a source of great pride for the Anglo Jewish community.
With every good wish,
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis