Israel's most famous singer joins Israeli-Arab
singer Mira Awad for a blend of pop with
Mid-Eastern inflections, enabling the duo
to musically express their belief in the
power of communication as a means
of promoting peace. In 2009, Noa
and Mira Awad represented
Israel at the Eurovision Song
Contest and released their
acclaimed album, "There
Must Be Another Way."
Beth El's Washington trip
a lesson in inclusiveness.
. _ 4 .with Mira Awad
Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30pm
MSU's Wharton Center, East Lansing
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At the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Beth El 10th-graders Kenny
Selander, Ben Lambert, Lana Stern, Jared Monchnik, Hannah Eisenstein,
Samantha Jahr, Rachel Pernick and Alec Goldsmith find their places in a
sculpture depicting a soup kitchen tine.
his year, for the first time, a
group of cognitively impaired
students who receive special
education resources and support
joined the rest of the 10th-graders
from Temple Beth El on a weekend trip
to Washington, D.C., in mid-March.
The 15 students, accompanied by
three staff members and a parent
chaperone, made the trip as part of
their preparation for their confir-
mation this year at the Bloomfield
Township synagogue. The trip
focused on the theme of being Jewish
baderekh, on the path, or as you go.
The students found many opportuni-
ties to consider what it meant to live
Jewishly — in the moment.
As the group rode Washington's
Metro transit system, they considered
Jewish values of patience, safety and
respect. As the students prayed, they
discussed the central v'ahavta (part
of the Shema) prayer and its message
of being Jewish baderekh.
As the students lived together for
a weekend, all the students learned
many lessons about community, love
and togetherness. Both groups were
touched by the experience of spend-
ing real quality time with their peers.
Beth El participates in the Opening
the Doors program of Federation's
Alliance for Jewish Education. The
program offers subsidized special
education resources for religious
school students through sixth-grade.
Although this program is not avail-
able to Beth El for Monday night
school (seventh grade and up), Beth
El continues to offer these youngsters
with special needs a way to be part of
a community of Jewish learning. Beth
El hopes to continue such inclusive
programming in the future.
Highlights of the group's trip includ-
ed a visit with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-
Detroit, a tour of the Capitol, the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Spy
Museum and havdalah at the Jefferson
Memorial, where they practiced their
First Amendment Rights of freedom of
religion, freedom of speech and free-
dom of assembly as delineated in the
Bill of Rights, which they saw earlier
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