A Party Of Blue And White
Akiva celebrates Israeli Independence Day.
Shelli Liebman Dorfman
hat's blue and white and fun
all over? At Yeshivat Akiva in
Southfield on April 29, the
answer was the annual Yom HaAtzmaut
— Israeli Independence Day festivities.
Rachel Albert of Southfield and her son,
Celebrating Israel's 61st birthday
— having been declared an independent
state in 1948 — the communitywide
indoor-outdoor party brought the crowd
into nearly every area of the school.
Outside, kids bounced on a moon-
walk and, inside, they created projects of
sugar candy and tiny Israeli flags. Guests
Liz Frogel of Southfield with her children, Hannah, 4, Dovi, 2, and Liora, 7
Avraham Aron of Southfield with his children, Meshulam, 4, and Rut, 3
May 7 3 2009
— many donned in blue and white —
enjoyed an Israeli dinner of falafel, pita,
hummus and salads and danced to enter-
tainment led by singer, Avy Schreiber.
A portion of the proceeds from the
event will be donated to the Meir Panim
food bank in Israel.
The celebration was kicked off with
a father-student basketball game with a
quiz bowl of Israel's history taking place
between quarters. For many, the highlight
of the game was a flag dance performed by
Akiva's seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade
girls. For others, it was the knowledge that
the kids — from elementary to high school
age — clobbered the dads at basketball. —
Karline Puder of Southfield with her son,
Alexander Fischer, 10
Amitzur Nachshoni, 17, of West Bloomfield and his parents, Rabbi Meir and Anat
with Yehudit Amior, all of Southfield