And they’re off! Earlier this week, Central wished a tzeischeml’shalom to Mrs. Tova Rosenberg and nine sophomores participating in the Ulpana Exchange Program: Emily Berger, Sarah Brooks, Leora Ciment, Avigayil Grajower, Aviva Landau, Ronit Landsman, Evie Pollack, Nina Siegel, and Lianne Yaacoby. Participants of the program, which is now in its sixth year, are immersed in Israeli culture for four weeks as they live and learn with their Israeli peers. At the Ulpanat Tzvia in Ma’aleh Adumim, Central students study limudeikodesh together with their Israeli counterparts and participate in all school activities. Students also keep up with their general studies courses in small classes taught by English-speaking instructors.
During their stay abroad, students will experience and strengthen their love of the Land of Israel with a series of field trips, including a three-day class trip to the Negev. Also on the itinerary is a special Shabbat program at the Yeshiva University Gruss Kollel in Bayit V’Gan, to be arranged by the kollel families. On Monday, 20 Ulpana students greeted the girls at the airport with open arms, and the rest of the Ulpana student body welcomed their guests with festive balloons, singing, and dancing. After Racheli Kaplan, head of school, delivered a formal welcome, the tenth grade celebrated with a true “Israeli” breakfast and party. Other speeches included a d’varTorah by one of the school rebbeim, addresses from the grade dean and exchange program coordinators Mrs. Rosenberg and Mrs. Shoshana Frankel, and welcoming remarks from the Ulpana students, delivered in both English and Hebrew. The students’ first stop after getting settled? The Kotel!