We recognize the centrality of Israel to our identity and our people. In that vein, we foster a deep commitment to, and lifelong relationship with, the State of Israel—including its language, culture, and people. We nurture ahavat yisrael/אהבת ישראל (love of Israel) through the study of Hebrew language and biblical texts and by the cultivation of a deep knowledge of Israel’s history, culture, and contemporary society.
At school, we observe significant Israeli holidays—the Yoms—as they do in Israel, with recognition and celebration:
- Yom Ha'Shoah/יום השואה (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
- Yom Ha'Zikaron/יום הזכרון (Israeli Memorial Day)
- Yom Ha’Atzmaut/יום העצמאות (Israeli Independence Day)
We mark these days with school-wide guest speakers, music, special foods, and most importantly, the feeling of community.