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Our Story

Founded in 1972, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School is a modern Orthodox institution that embraces the sophistication and multi-culturalism of the Bay Area while adhering to traditional Jewish observance. We participate actively in the Jewish Community Federation and belong to the Torah U’Mesorah organization. We encourage service to the larger Jewish community and a love of Israel.

Although our students share a common heritage, they represent a wide range of cultural, national and religious backgrounds, and we treasure their diversity.

SPHDS is committed to excellence in both General and Jewish studies to provide students with the foundation for a lifetime of learning. We recognize that each student is unique and are committed to working with them as individuals to foster self-esteem and to deepen their sense of personal and communal responsibility.

Our General studies program is well-rounded and rigorous. Its goal is to prepare students for entry into the high school programs of their choice by imparting a high level of such skills as writing, research, study skills, scientific experimentation and critical thinking. The curriculum includes English language and literature, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. These are complemented with instruction in Computer Science, Music, Art and Physical Education.

Our program of Jewish studies includes both Hebrew language and Jewish text.

Hebrew language study begins in the earliest grades. Its goal is to provide children a high degree of bilingualism and to enrich their understanding of Jewish history, culture and religion. Â Judaic studies draws upon knowledge of both languages. Its goal is to establish textual fluency among students, to ensure they finding personal meaning in the material and to equip them to undertake personal study.

SPHDS is committed to maintaining its tradition of striking a careful balance in the fast-changing world. We serve students from the local community, as well as those from Israel. We adhere to Orthodox and Zionist principles, yet we are inclusive and respectful of Jewish diversity. We put great value on a traditional religious background, while embracing contemporary thought and the full teachings of science. Our pursuit of excellence in a diverse community creates a rich, varied, fulfilling experience for our children, from both intellectual and religious perspectives.

PAST PRESIDENTS

 

1.
1972-1974
Dr. Martin Klughaupt
 
6.
1982-1984
Mr. Eliot Klugman
 
11.
1991-1992
Mr. Martin Snitow
 
16.
1997(Mar)-1997
Mr. Lee Gavens
 
21.
2007-2008
Ms. Yvonne Boxerman
 
26.
2016-2020
Mr. Martin Handwerker
2.
1974-1976
Dr. Stanley Sussman
 
7.
1984-1986
Dr. Ronald Joelson (z"l)
 
12.
1992-1993
Ms. Lorri Lewis
 
17.
1997-2000
Mr. David LeVine
 
22.
2008-2011
Mr. Jonathan Novich
 
27.
2020-present
Mr. Barry Berkowitz
3.
1976-1979
Mr. Robert Solomon
 
8.
1986-1987
Ms. Marcia Lepler
 
13.
1993-1994
Mr. Lee Gavens
 
18.
2000-2001
Ms. Sheri Robbins
 
23.
2011-2012(dec)
Mrs. Yonit Shemtob
 
 
4.
1979-1980
Ms. Miriam Solomon
 
9.
1987-1989
Mr. Abraham Poznanski
 
14.
1994-1995
Mr. Morey Schapira
 
19.
2001-2004
Mr. Avi Kopelman
 
24.
(dec)2012-2014
Mr. David Mendel
 
 
5.
1980-1982
Dr. Saul Weingarden
 
10.
1989-1991
Mr. Jim Roberts
 
15.
1995-1997(Mar)
Mr. Yoram Rubin
 
20.
2004-2007
Ms. Sherry Solden
 
25.
2014-2016
Mrs. Nissa Johanix