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Yom Ha’atzmaut Is a Day of Celebration at SAR High School

Yom Ha’atzmaut 5778 was a day of celebration at SAR High School, where students and faculty joined together in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday. The day began with the entire student body davening and in the auditorium—one of only two times a year the entire school gathers for tefillah. The highlight of tefillah was Hallel led by Oshi Bloom (‘18).

Following tefillah students chose from among 27 elective sessions, featuring a wide range of topics ranging from Bob Goodman’s session on science and technology in Israel to Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld’s reflections on being a lone soldier in the IDF. SAR was also honored to welcome back Max Altholz (‘13) who spoke to students about his experiences joining Tzahal after graduating SAR.

Next up was a chagiga featuring Jewish music superstar Benny Friedman, and blue and white donuts. With a grand introduction, Friedman came running out to his hit song “Ivri Anochi.” Students sang and danced for over an hour, arm in arm, all in celebration of Israel at 70.

Next up was Kochav Nolad. Students were wowed by the incredible performances, both by students and faculty. The creative choreography and costumes, along with coordinated power point productions and videos, showcased a myriad of talented students. Congratulations to Zohar Feinberg and Renna Ekstein who took home the trophy for their incredible duet.

Following Kochav Nolad was a טקס� (ceremony), capped off with the emotional lighting of the משואות (special candles) by the following students: Zohar Feinberg, Hadassah Roshwalb, Gabby Cohen, Kayla Friedman, Amit Ginzberg, Aaron Benillouche, Keren Benillouche, Dan Sonnenblick and Hillel Merkin. Each described their motivation to make aliyah and/or go to the army. Beloved Ivrit teacher Yosef Yeshaya, who will be returning to Israel, lit the final candle.

Following Hatikvah, everyone enjoyed a sumptuous Israeli lunch of falafel, shwarma, schnitzel and shakshuka. Daniel Berger (‘21) exclaimed, “There was positive energy and excitement about Israel throughout the building. What an awesome day!”

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