Yom HaAtzmaut at HALB Lev Chana
The excitement and fun activities didn’t stop as HALB Lev Chana celebrated the 71st birthday of the State of Israel. The daylong celebration began as children arrived at HALB Lev Chana, showing off their blue-and-white attire and staring in amazement at the multitude of Israeli flags on the walls, windows, and doors of their classrooms, buildings, and trees. They boarded El Al Flight 70, davened Shacharit, and ate delicious snacks. Their tefillot and Hallel were even more meaningful as they talked about how important the Land of Israel is to them and the world.
Each of the kindergarten classes created a detailed diorama as they focused on a specific city/place in Israel. The children did a magnificent job preparing and decorating the Lev Chana multi-purpose room so that their friends could experience firsthand a trip to Eretz Yisrael. Everyone “landed” at Ben Gurion airport and “visited” Yerushalayim, where they davened at the Kotel; Tsfat, where they admired the artwork and candles; Eilat, where they enjoyed the colorful fish and pristine beaches; and a kibbutz, where they milked a cow and picked some oranges. The children went home with souvenirs to remember the places they visited. What a great tour!
Throughout the day, all the children and teachers smelled the delicious aromas of baking pita bread, frying falafel balls, and cut-up Israeli salad. They tasted as yummy as they smelled! Could a Yom HaAtzmaut celebration be complete without blue-and-white cookies and the melodious music of Gary Wallin!? Children and morot danced, swayed, and sang together, concluding with the tefillah, “l’shanah ha’ba’ah b’Yerushalayim ha’benuyah”!
Yom HaAtzmaut At HALB
HALB celebrated Israel turning 71 in a major way! Students in grades 1–8 came together to sing and dance in a “Kululam” style medley. Each grade led a segment in the production and filled the room with energy and excitement. In addition to the song, dance, and concert, meaningful tributes were conducted for members of the HALB family making aliyah. Senator Todd Kaminsky joined and gave a moving speech about the love and dedication we all should have towards Israel.