When Irving Gelman founded TVT Community Day School 25 years ago, he could not have imagined the huge and growing state-of-of-the art campus, the kind of relationships that would develop among everyone affiliated with the school or the academic recognition the school would garner. Today, TVT is all that and more, and Papa Gelman is still handing out diplomas and telling stories to students of all ages.
Gelman, a native of Hosht, Poland, believes he survived the Holocaust in order to give back, and give back he has. After helping to manage and secure funding for two Jewish schools in New Jersey — Yavneh Academy and The Frisch School he founded TVT Community Day School, in loving memory of his daughter, Naomi Gelman Weiss, in 1991.
Since opening, TVT has grown from a 36-student elementary school to a flourishing TK-12 college preparatory school with nearly 500 students, making it one of the largest Jewish Day Schools in the nation. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, TVT is pluralistic and inclusive in its approach. TVT offers advanced institutes in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and Jewish studies.
Recently, TVT was ranked as the best K-12 private school in Orange County, the best Jewish school in California and the best Jewish high school in California in the 2017 NICHE Best Schools in America ranking for private schools. TVT received on overall NICHE grade of A+. The school has received many other accolades.
Graduates of TVT earn acceptance at top universities at up to three times the national rate. They learn how to succeed, how to appreciate their heritage and how to develop and maintain values.
The Next Big Thing: the 21st Century Campus Project, is coming in the fall of 2017. The Next Big Thing encompasses a state-of-the-art campus designed to equip and to prepare TVT students with 21st century skills: creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and character. The construction will provide our students with an innovative environment in which to learn and grow in spaces reflecting the leading edge of education design.
TVT will celebrate its past and look forward to its future at a gala slated for Sunday, April 30. The TVT annual benefit, “Light the Legacy,” will begin at 5:30 with a Talmud Siyyum and move on to a fun and festive evening at 6 p.m. at TVT’s lower school campus, 5200 Bonita Canyon, Irvine, CA 92603.
Festive casual or white attire is suggested. Cost is $90 per person | $54 alumni | $36 staff. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For details, contact: email@example.com