Hillel used to say, If I am not for myself, who am I? If I am only for myself what am I? And if not now, when?
הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, אִם אֵין אֲנִי לִי, מִי לִי. וּכְשֶׁאֲנִי לְעַצְמִי, מָה אֲנִי. וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֵימָתַי
Understanding is profoundly deepened through learning in relationship and community
Our fourth fundamental belief focuses on the importance of community. When we learn with others, we become responsible for each others learning and school experience. Learning with others takes many forms at Yavneh.
- Chavruta: We study in partnership
- Buddies: We learn with our buddies, older students mentor younger students
- Discussion Circles: Class discussions, character development and problem solving usually take place while sitting and talking in a circle where everyone can see and be in relationship with each other.
- Literature Circles
Learning in partnership enables the learning to be more student centered and puts student pairs in direct relationship with the subject matter. Through partnership learning, students develop their interpretive thinking, cooperation skills and become thoughtful questioners of the subject and each other.