Mission and Philosophy
Welcome to Tehiyah Day School!
The Hebrew word tehiyah means renewal, a name which reflects the crucial role education plays in renewing our children’s connection to our heritage, and in renewing each generation’s commitment to tikkun olam—repair of the world we face today.
Tehiyah was founded in 1979 by a small group of parents who wanted to provide a superb education for their children in a pluralistic Jewish community—a mission we continue to honor. From its original 15 students, our student body has grown steadily over the years to more than 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Tehiyah is not affiliated with any denomination or movement, and welcomes the diversity of Jewish experience and tradition. We also welcome children of all cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds. Approximately one-third of our students receive support through our generous tuition assistance program. The active participation of parents, many of whom bring an international flavor to the school, strengthens and enriches our community. Our facility, located on a three-acre site in a quiet El Cerrito Hills neighborhood, is accessible by car, public transportation, and school bus from all over the East Bay.
Tehiyah is committed to providing a Jewish education for all families who seek one for their child(ren). We are thankful for the generous support of local Jewish organizations.
Thanks to a generous emergency education grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, a portion of Tehiyah’s scholarship program is being implemented in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley; the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay; and the Bureau of Jewish Education. The Jim Joseph grant will enable families to keep their children in Jewish preschools, day schools, and Jewish overnight summer camps throughout the Bay Area.