Celebrating Israel's Birthday

Last week we celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and had a blast! With a schedule of special activites throughout the morning, it was a day to be remembered…Happy 64th birthday, Israel!

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Here’s a look at what kept our students busy on Sunday morning:

Our Bedoiun tent was a good place to rest and have refreshments – without dealing with the heat of the desert, of course. Mrs. Altschul read stories to our younger students and everyone enjoyed learning about the Bedouin people and culture during their visit to the tent. Hummus anyone?

In Jerusalem (aka the Torah Center Hallway), students visited the Kotel (Western Wall), one of the holiest sites for Jews. After admiring the fine work done by our 6th graders (way to go!), students had the opportunity to write prayers to insert in the wall:

In the gym, it was recess time! What fun it was to learn some Israeli playground games:

Rousing renditions of HaTikvah could be heard during music with Mr. Rosenthal:

In the Negev, students ascended Masada by correctly answering trivia questions about Israel:

And in the artroom students made postcards depicting their favorite parts of Israel:

The morning ended with a show by the Spirit of Israel 2012 Delegation – teens from our sister city/region, Karmiel-Misgav. It was a lot of fun to watch!

Another great morning!

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Coming Up:

Our last Shabbat LaMishpacha Dinner and Family service of the school year is this Friday, May 4th! This is also Shabbat Limud – the service at which we thank and honor our teachers and Madrichim for their commitment to The Torah Center. Please let Lori in the main office know if you are able to attend the dinner. The cost is $15 for adults, $5.50 for children under 14. Can’t make it to the dinner?  Join us for the service at 7:30 pm.  This is a “don’t miss” event! See you there!

6th Grade Family Day is on THIS Sunday, May 6th from 9:30 am – 12 noon. Please plan on joining your children at Torah Center for activities that will allow you to learn and experience Judaism together. Please let Helaine know of your attendance plans.
On Saturday, May 12th at 6 pm, plan on joining J-TEAM the PERM (Pittsburgh Establishment for the Reform Movement) group for havdallah down by the river followed by a Pirate Game  @ 7:05 . The cost of the ticket was originally $21 but PERM is able to subsidize the cost and so now a ticket and a Roberto Clemente jersey costs $15!!!!!!! A limited number of tickets have been purchased so please RSVP to Jayna [email protected] TODAYto reserve your a seat!!!!