Our History

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We wanted to create a school that was community-based and would welcome Jews of any background. We wanted it to be child-centered, and committed to excellence in both general and Jewish Studies.” Steve Feldstein, Hausner Founder

Since opening its doors in the fall of 1990, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School has remained dedicated to outstanding academics, a strong sense of community, and vibrant Jewish living.

Hausner traces its roots back to a group of 30 parents who gathered in a Palo Alto living room in the late 1980s. They founded Hausner, originally called the Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community Day School, in the heart of Silicon Valley to create a place where children would have an unparalleled, innovative academic program that celebrated Jewish life in a creative and supportive setting. 

In 2003, the school was renamed Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School after the Israeli jurist, Gideon Hausner.

About Gideon Hausner

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I am not standing alone. With me are six million accusers. But they cannot rise to their feet… Therefore I will be their spokesman and in their name I will unfold the terrible indictment."

- Attorney General Gideon Hausner, in his opening speech at the trial of Adolf Eichmann, 1961

Gideon Hausner was a European-born Israeli lawyer and public official who devoted his life to bringing the moral values of Judaism to the administration of justice in Israel. 

As Attorney General of Israel in the 1960s, Hausner is best known for serving as Chief Prosecutor at the Adolf Eichmann trial. His unwavering pursuit of truth during the trial raised public awareness of the Holocaust and revealed to the world the Nazis’ innumerable crimes.

Hausner served as a Member of the Knesset, as a minister in the cabinet, and as President of the International Council of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Center.

Committed to preserving and honoring the stories of Holocaust victims and survivors, Hausner promoted and encouraged the field of Holocaust education. We are proud to be associated with an individual whose life was dedicated to justice, education, and a deep commitment to the State of Israel.