Celebrating Israel@70

post by hillel | Apr 19, 2018

The day before Yom Haaztmaut, Israel’s Independence day, Hillel commemorated Yom HaZikaron, where they remembered those who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel, and all military and civilian people who perished while in active duty in Israel’s armed forces or in terrorist attacks. Hillel Torah’s Bnot Sherut created a Chadar Zikaron – a memorial room where students in grades 4-8 attended a session to reflect upon and honor the fallen Israelis.

The next day began with much-anticipated excitement as Hillel Torah celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut. In honor of Israel@70, the school upgraded its usual celebration and took it to even greater heights! Thank you to the Robinson family for endowing the Sheldon z”l and Freda Robinson Israel Studies Program which makes this important piece of our educational program possible. Some of the highlights included:

  • Incredible and uplifting tekes led by our 8th graders incorporating music, dance, skits and videos with a guest performance of 1st graders.
  • Outstanding Israel Museum created by the students of Hillel Torah with each grade contributing a piece of work for their “wing” on display in the front lobby. The depth of the work and the level of the student’s Ivrit was amazing.
  • Magnificent, detailed and creative dioramas depicting locations in Israel and scenes from Israel’s history – also displayed in our front lobby – a must see!
  • Engaging and fun round robin Israel activities for younger students created and led by our 7th grade class!
  • A virtual “trip” to Israel in 3rd grade and in Preschool – with passports and all!
  • A birthday party for Israel in Kindergarten.

The event can be rewatched here.