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May 10, 2012 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-05-10

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May 10 . 2012

Yitzy Steinberg, 11; Joshua Wolfe, 11;

Students David Brystowski, 17, of Oak

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Living The Dream

Akiva's Yom HaAtzmaut event brings
learning alive for students.

Elizabeth Kirshner

Special to the Jewish News

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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
corresponding illustrations.
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
endeavors. Li

Elizabeth Kirshner, 17, of West Bloomfield

is an Akiva senior.

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