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Stephen S. Wise Elementary students are in the spirit of celebration and reflection as we observe the many Jewish holidays in this Spring season. Today is Yom HaShoah, the remembrance of the Holocaust, and our 5th-6th grade students had a very powerful service yesterday in honor of this holiday. We gathered together in Plotkin to sing, pray and dedicate candles to those who are no longer here. Following this we had the uplifting presentation from a Holocaust survivor, Sophie Zeidman Hamburger, who is a great-grandparent to two of our students, Jack and Dylan Siegel. To see all four generations together sharing their stories was really powerful, and our kids asked thoughtful and meaningful questions to Sophie. She is an amazing women who shared her story with all of us, and we presented her with an Am Echad award for having her story be a part of our community.
We quickly are moving from the somber feeling of Yom HaShoah to a feeling of hope and optimism as we prepare for Yom Ha’Atzmaut. From the ashes of the Holocaust we know that the State of Israel was born, and there is great excitement both at our School and in the Temple to celebrate Israel. Our fourth grade students will present their culmination of learning at an assembly for the whole school on Thursday, April 26 followed by dancing and Israeli snacks. On Sunday, April 29 our entire community comes together for a festival from 11:00 – 3:00 at the Temple. Our students can sign up for the basketball tournament, we will have dancing, an interactive kibbutz, gaga games, face painting, a petting zoo (with camel), and of course, great Israeli food. I hope you will join me at this wonderful day!