It’s been an incredible week of community commemoration and celebration. We continued the process of zikaron (remembrance) with a communal singing session for fallen soldiers, Erev Shirei Lochamim, on Sunday evening. On Tuesday morning our school community gathered by the flagpoles outside the JCC to lower the Israeli flag to half mast, followed by a beautiful Tekes Zikaron (commemorative ceremony) led by our Kitah Hay and Kitah Vav students. Parent volunteers came in afterwards to speak to different classes about their experiences in the IDF and the importance of this day.
On Tuesday evening, Yavneh had the opportunity to be part of a brand new venture in conjunction with our community clergy, educators, and the JCC – Havdalah bein Zikaron L’Atzmaut. This was a special ceremony to mark the transition between the period of remembrance into a day of celebration. And celebrate we did! On Wednesday we gathered back outside at the flagpoles to return the flag to full staff, inviting those in our community who had served in the IDF to help raise it and lead us in Hatikvah.
Yavneh had a full day of celebration for Israel’s 75th birthday! All classes enjoyed a morning of new Israeli music with Yishai Oz, a local Israeli musician. From there, lower school classes enjoyed an amazing station rotation around the different cities in Israel while the upper school had an awesome Maccabiah challenge. After lunch, our students enjoyed a shuk (marketplace) of different activities, including cooking, photo booth, art, and flag making. Upper school students had an incredible Israel Trivia Quiz, and the whole school came together for a fun-filled Hebrew sing-a-long with awesome performances from Kitah Alef, Kitah Gimmel, and Kitah Dalet.
Chag Atzmaut Sameach!