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Yitzy Steinberg, 11; Joshua Wolfe, 11;
Students David Brystowski, 17, of Oak
Joey Winer, 8, and Yaer Hyman, 11;
Park and Yoni Nadel, 17, of Southfield
and Joshy Steinberg, 8
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Living The Dream
Akiva's Yom HaAtzmaut event brings
learning alive for students.
Special to the Jewish News
m tirtzu, ayn zo agadah." "If you
will it, it is surely no dream."
Most Jewish people with
Zionist leanings are familiar with
this moving adage by Theodor
Herzl, the father of modern Zionism.
Through this year's Akiva Hebrew
Day School Yom HaAtzmaut event,
this teaching was not only under-
stood, but embodied. The program
included the usual exuberant level
of ruach (spirit), along with a lively
concert by Yehuda!; yet this particu-
lar program incorporated an added
flair, as its thematic design shaped
the atmosphere of the celebration.
Based on the theme "Roots of
Zionism," which explored Israel's
founding before its 1948 statehood,
the Akiva festivities involved stu-
dents to enhance both their personal
learning and the environment of the
building. All students were assigned
group research projects on topics
ranging from early kibbutzim, the
Haganah and Irgun, and the First
Zionist Congress.Working cohesively,
the young learners composed essays
on their subjects and used their cre-
ativity to decorate the hallways with
Through these creations, parents
and visitors experienced a hands-on
depiction of Israel's rich foundation.
Senior Ilana Goldmeier, 17, of
Southfield, describes the project as
being meaningful in the way it "con-
nected my history classes and Judaic
studies along with the overall love of
Israel Akiva promotes." Goldmeier,
who will study in Israel next year,
says she is "proud of Akiva's ties to
Israel's living heritage."
The Southfield school's event was
orchestrated by its Israeli shlichim
(Israel representatives), including
Rabbi Avia'd and Leah Sanders.
Rabbi Sanders believes that
"Zionism should be lived, not just
learned," and such a philosophy
inspires the Akiva family in all its
Elizabeth Kirshner, 17, of West Bloomfield
is an Akiva senior.