This week on Monday, May 10th, students enjoyed a special day filled with many festivities to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim. The student council put in their best efforts to successfully make the students feel as though they were in Israel.
Yom Yerushalayim is the day in which we commemorate the reunification of Jerusalem as part of Israel during the Six Day War in 1967. Morah Twito, the Head Activities Director, explained that she thought it was important for the students to feel connected to Israel, especially since the sophomores and juniors missed their 10th grade trip to Israel.
“I wanted it to be meaningful and emotional, but since most of us take Yerushalayim for granted, I decided to add an educational piece,” said Morah Twito. “I wanted them to feel Yerushalayim with all their senses.”
As the theme was “being in Israel”, the student council was sure to incorporate activities that would involve all 5 senses. To check off sound and sight, students walked into school immediately greeted with a replica of the walls of the Old City with the song Yerushalayim Shel Zahav playing in the background. Students also participated in a special Edpuzzle, which taught them about the importance of the day. The Edpuzzle talked about the historical significance of the day and the events of the Six Day War. After the video, there were different activities such as charades having to do with the theme of appreciating Jerusalem.
“I really enjoyed the Yom Yerushalayim event that the school held because it felt like I was in Israel and it felt zionistic,” said Ariela Sragowicz (10th).
The theme of senses was further developed with taste, smell, and touch. Pita and zaatar were given out among the students. Student Council built their own version of the Shuk Machne Yehuda. It had vegetables, fruits, candies, and other Israeli foods. They even recreated the famous Rebar smoothies!
“They had a bunch of Israeli snacks, and they had dates, which are my favorite. It reminded me of my Grandma that lives in Israel,” said Daniella Finkelman (11th).
Thanks to the hard work of the faculty, student council, and Morah Twito, students had the ability to feel an enlightened sense of Zionism and appreciation for the Jewish homeland.
By: Sarah Posner (9th) and Ariela Jaimovich (9th)