HUNDREDS OF students and staff at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut with a parade, flag-waving, dancing, and other activities.
On May 2 they marched through the school’s Edison neighborhood holding posters and Israeli flags followed by dancing on a bright sunny day outside the school to celebrate Israel’s 69th anniversary.
Seventh grader Miriam Ranna of Highland Park said it was important to march and dance, “to show how much we love Israel, no matter where we are.” Her classmate, Talia Menasha of Edison, chimed in, “We stand and support Israel no matter what.”
The parade route was lined with parents and grandparents who came to show their support. They were joined along the route by Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Dist. 18).
First grader Yael Welner of Edison said her favorite part about Israel is the Kotel, “because people write notes to Hashem.”
Inside the school building young children boarded “flights” to Israel in the hallways , making hats to shield them from the hot sun in the Negev before digging in sand for archeological treasures.
Ahuva Winder, a seventh grader from Highland Park, said the day was important because “it brought everyone together from all different grades for a good time to celebrate Israel because it’s our home.”