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Observing Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, in Solemn Remembrance & Solidarity
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Jewish Campus Life
  • Lower School
  • Middle School

Monday was Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, a day to remember Israel's fallen soldiers and civilians lost to acts of terror. Students came to school dressed in white to show their solidarity with those we've lost. Students in Grades 6 and 7 and shinshinim, Ronnie and Sahar, led a poignant ceremony to commemorate soldiers who fought courageously to defend our homeland, which made Yom HaAtzmaut the next day feel especially  meaningful. Together, Grade 5 and Middle School students stood to witness on video the two minute siren that goes off in Israel. They were also joined by two Israeli soldiers, Lauren Bouhnik and Mahmud Juamis (also Bedouin), and had the opportunity to ask them questions about their time in the army. Todah to Amalia Ran, Regional Director to the Midwest at The Jewish Agency for Israel, and Grade 6 Parent (Ilai) for bringing Lauren and Mahmud to campus. 

Later in the day, Middle School students participated in the project "מתכון עם זיכרון" (Recipe with Memory). They made Ron Yehudai's beloved chocolate balls to honor his memory. Ron lost his life at the Nova party on October 7, and his mother's chocolate balls were a cherished Friday treat among his friends. 

Students in the Lower School participated in  "Save a Child's Heart", which is organization that provides life-saving cardiac surgery and care to children from developing countries. Students stuffed the bears, wrote cards with messages of love and encouragement for the recipients, and learned through the process how their contribution makes a positive impact in the world.

This year is especially significant as we honor the fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror, including the more than 1,500 who lost their lives on Oct. 7, and we pray for the safe return of those in captivity. We remain steadfast to our commitment in building a future worthy of their memory.