The excitement and fun activities didn’t stop as HALB Lev Chana celebrated the 71st birthday of the State of Israel. The day-long celebration began as our children arrived at HALB Lev Chana, showing off their blue and white attire and staring in amazement at the multitude of Israeli flags on the walls, windows, and doors of their classrooms, buildings, and trees. They boarded El Al Flight 70, davened Shacharis, and ate delicious snacks. Their t’filos and Hallel were even more meaningful as they talked about how important the Land of Israel is to them and the world.

Each of our Kindergarten classes created a detailed diorama as they focused on a specific city/place in Israel. The children did a magnificent job preparing and decorating the Lev Chana multi-purpose room so that their friends could experience firsthand a trip to Eretz Yisrael. Everyone “landed” at Ben Gurion Airport and “visited” Yerushalayim, where they davened at the Kotel, Tz’fas (where they admired the artwork and candles), Eilat (where they enjoyed the colorful fish and pristine beaches), and a kibbutz where they milked a cow and picked some oranges. Our children went home with souvenirs to remember the places they visited. What a great tour!

Throughout the day, all the children and teachers smelled the delicious aromas of baking pita bread, frying falafel balls, and cut-up Israeli salad. They tasted as yummy as they smelled! Could a Yom HaAtzmaut celebration be complete without blue and white cookies and the melodious music of Gary Wallin!? Our children and moros danced, swayed, and sang together.