Irvine Hebrew Day School Holds Inaugural Reception For New School Campus Capital Campaign School Announces $1 Million Lead Gift

(left to right) Hosts of the lovely Dessert Reception for Irvine Hebrew Day School at their exquisite Shady Canyon home are Alisa Abecassis and Jordan Rosen. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

(left to right) Hosts of the lovely Dessert Reception for Irvine Hebrew Day School at their exquisite Shady Canyon home are Alisa Abecassis and Jordan Rosen. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

Irvine Hebrew Day School hosted its first of many “New Campus Initiative” gatherings at the beautifully-appointed Shady Canyon residence of Alisa Abecassis and Jordan Rosen.

(left to right) Tammy Keces, Head of School for Irvine Hebrew Day School, Beth Elster, Andy Elster, Co-founder & CFO of Irvine Hebrew Day School and Karin Hepner , Co-founder & President of Irvine Hebrew Day School. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

(left to right) Tammy Keces, Head of School for Irvine Hebrew Day School, Beth Elster, Andy Elster, Co-founder & CFO of Irvine Hebrew Day School and Karin Hepner , Co-founder & President of Irvine Hebrew Day School. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

Karin Hepner and Andy Elster, Co-founders of Irvine Hebrew Day School, welcomed the intimate gathering of community members and major supporters, and talked about the school’s history, vision, and plans for an exciting new 5-acre school campus.  In addition, they both highlighted the essential role Irvine Hebrew Day School plays in the future of the Orange County Jewish community.

“We are thrilled to announce that Irvine Hebrew Day School is finalizing plans to purchase a prime 5-acre site in the City of Santa Ana for our new school campus, which will encompass three buildings on the site totaling 32,180 square feet of space,” stated Co-founder Karin Hepner.  “And, even more exciting is that we have just today received two anonymous lead gifts – one for $1 million and the second gift in the amount of $100,000.  This is the most powerful and impactful way for us to launch our Capital Campaign. It is testament to the commitment of our supporters and illustrates the active commitment necessary to make this beautiful vision become a reality for the whole Jewish community.” She continued, “We are humbled and grateful for this incredible generosity.”

As guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Tammy Keces, Head of School, talked about the school’s outstanding and highly-successful and progressive educational model, which has shown that academic rigor and excellence in all aspects of education are possible in a Jewish day school .  Keces remarked “Irvine Hebrew Day School represents the Jewish future.  We are becoming a hub of Jewish life and learning.  This extraordinary opportunity to put a new, vibrant Jewish institution on the Orange County map is a chance for us to join together and build our collective legacy.  This extends far beyond anything we have experienced in decades.  This is the Jewish future, and it’s in our hands.” 

Paul Vann, Irvine Hebrew Day School Board Member. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

Paul Vann, Irvine Hebrew Day School Board Member. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

Co-founder Andy Elster shared, “It was just six years ago when I met Karin Hepner after we both experienced the loss of a parent. Our discussions centered upon how best to honor their memories and make a difference for our families. In just five short years, we have not only accomplished that but changed the lives of many in our community and become a model of education, both Jewish and secular, nationally. I am not only deeply humbled by our collective success to date but by the generosity of these two lead gifts, which are key stepping stones in building a bridge to bright future for the next generation.”

 A video of the proposed new school campus was presented, naming opportunities were discussed, and a Q & A followed.

IRVINE HEBREW DAY SCHOOL

(left to right) Hilary Gerber and Melissa Reiner. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

(left to right) Hilary Gerber and Melissa Reiner. *Photo Credit: Joel Austell

Irvine Hebrew Day School, co-founded in 2014 by Karin Hepner and Andy Elster, provides an innovative, rigorous and progressive Jewish and academic education, rooted in educational best practices and the latest educational research.  Irvine Hebrew Day School is unique in its approach.  Co-founder Hepner describes it as “a design that has never before been drawn.”   The school prides itself on welcoming students and families from the broad Jewish spectrum, including diverse geographic and socio-economic backgrounds and those who have yet to find their place in any synagogue or community.

Irvine Hebrew Day School’s educational approach includes a social-emotional method known as  “Positive Discipline”, in which students are equipped with necessary skills for the greatest achievement and fulfillment in life. IHDS students enjoy a learning environment full of collaboration, wonderment, and passion for knowledge.  

According to standardized testing results, Irvine Hebrew Day School demonstrates that 62% of its students are designated as Gifted or Highly Gifted, as compared to the State and National averages of 6 to 8%.

Irvine Hebrew Day School has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).   To learn more about the exciting plans for the new Irvine Hebrew Day School Campus please call 949-478-6818 or visit www.irvinehebrewday.org.