x9Virtual Tour of Israel. Fourth-grade students at the HANC Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School, in West Hempstead, had a wonderful time on their virtual walking tour of Israel! The students are learning Sefer Yehoshua in Navi and, as part of the curriculum, they will be getting virtual Navi lessons from Rabbi Aryeh Leifert, a tour guide in Israel, throughout the year.

After learning about the geography and topography of Israel and Jordan, at the time of Yehoshua, from their classroom teachers, the students were able to see the Land of Israel “in person” while Skyping with Rabbi Leifert. The students saw pictures of the city of Yericho as it was in the time of Yehoshua and gained an understanding of where Bnei Yisrael stood just before entering the land of Israel. The students were able to ask questions during the tour and many students said that they felt like they were there. During their next session, the students will get a “walking tour” of the city of Yericho as it is today.

As one student said at the end of the lesson, “That was so cool!” The students can’t wait to take their next walking tour of Israel!

Making b’samim. First-grade students in Morah Katz’s class love doing mitzvot! Now that the holiday of Sukkot is over, the students brought their etrogim into class and inserted cloves into them so they could use them as yummy-smelling b’samim for Havdalah. The students are really excited to use their b’samim and to make the berachah!

Fire safety. Students at HANC’s Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Early Childhood Center and students in kindergarten through second grade at HANC’s Elementary School, in West Hempstead, were treated to a visit from the West Hempstead Fire Department. The fire department came to teach the students about fire safety and what to do if there is an emergency at home or in school. The firefighters showed the students their gear and demonstrated how they prepare their equipment so that they can get ready to save people when there is a fire. The firefighters shared tips on making a plan with the children’s parents in case of a fire at home and how to “Stop, Drop, and Roll” if necessary. The children had the opportunity to go on a real fire truck and were given “firefighter hats” and other goodies to help them remember the important things they learned.

A big thank you to all the West Hempstead Fire Department volunteers who came to teach about fire safety, including HANC parent, fireman Avi Meir! v


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