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The Jewish Experience, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

Tomorrow at school we will commemorate Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day. Together, with Jewish people all over the globe, we pause to remember the sacrifices made by the people of Israel in establishing and protecting a homeland for the Jewish people. Our programming for the day is designed to be age appropriate, with respecting and honoring the courage of the fallen being the theme for the day.

In the many conversations I’ve had with seniors this year, they mention how much the ceremonies and celebrations at school had an impact on their identity formation. These same seniors are in Israel right now, at the national memorial ceremony for the fallen, held at the Latrun IDF Armored Corps base near Jerusalem. They see their participation there as an extension of their Academy education, and so do we. It is the immersive experience which takes place in a Jewish day school that is the key to building a life-long, proud Jewish identity.

Thank you to the teachers who plan, create and work hard to make the Jewish experience so meaningful. Your efforts are at the heart of the active Jewish living that takes place every day at SDJA.

Chaim

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