By Dupé Aleru|May 13, 2011|1:52 p.m.
Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy students’ observed Israel's Independence Day—known as Yom Ha'atzmaut, on Tuesday. The celebration took place at the school’s campus located at 9120 W. Olympic Blvd.
“Israel is such an integral part of our lives at Hillel and our Jewish religion, these celebrations help bring this theme to life in the minds of our children." The day’s events include: real life reenactments of Israeli cultural experiences such as a shouk, in addition to the usual celebratory prayers; as well as opportunities to express solidarity with the State of Israelm,” said School President Michael Fallas.
During the festivity, children demonstrated their solidarity by participating in a parade around the school, an Israeli dance and a visit to a local camp site to engage in a Kumzitz (a sing-along). The Kumzitz was accompanied by music and dancing around a camp fire into the evening hours.
"Celebrating Israel's birthday is a culmination of many educational programs we run throughout the year," said Head of School Rabbi Boruch Sufrin. “The students engage throughout the year in learning about Israel, its politics, its role in Jewish life, their roles as US citizens who cherish Israel, the geography and what the state contributes to the world at large.”
“I think Tuesday was really awesome because we get to show that we care about Israel and how special it is to us, like how much we love the Kotel (the Western Wall) and how our prayers are important,” said fourth grade student Daniel Suriel.
For additional information contact Lisa Arnold at 310-276-8524l ext. 11.