On Wednesday, 5/4, Yavneh observed Yom HaZikaron, the memorial day for fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror. At 8:30 am we gathered as a community at the flagpole in the front of the campus for the ceremonial lowering of the Israeli flag.
After the flag lowering, 3rd – 8th-grade students continued in the Beit Kehillah for a moving memorial ceremony (Tekes) led by the 5th and 6th-grade students. The students leading the ceremony created a solemn space to commemorate all the heroes lost and encouraged their peers to dream ahead toward a brighter future. The ceremony concluded with memorial prayers and the singing of Hatikvah.
Following the ceremony, students returned to their classes and heard first-hand stories from members of our Yavneh community. Many thanks to Rotem Pool and Guy Ronen for coming in to speak about their IDF experiences. They both shared what it means to serve in the IDF, how they trained for their units, the cultural understanding of national service, and the importance of this day, especially being here in the US. It was wonderful to welcome parents back on campus to share on this important day for so many members of our community.