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May 29, 2016 / 21 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Kindergarten’

Tel Aviv Preschoolers Ask President Rivlin, ‘Why Didn’t You Become a Footballer?’

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

There are some things in this world that are hugely important when you are four years old, and no one can tell you different. Even the president of Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin encountered that situation when he visited the Hadas Kindergarten in central Tel Aviv on Sunday morning.

The visit was his first stop in Tel Aviv, preceding his trip to Ichilov Hospital to visit with those injured in Friday’s shooting attack at a café on Dizengoff Street, and their families.

The president sat with the preschoolers and read them the story of ‘Aaron and the Purple Crayon,’ by Crockett Johnson, “supervised” by their teacher, Keren, and educational staff.

But when the story ended, the children had their own questions for the president.

They wanted to know why Rivlin wanted to be President, and what did a President do? Why hadn’t he become a footballer?

Seeing as these were all very good questions, the President gave them very serious answers.

“I’m just not very good at it,” he said when explaining why he gave up football.

“I think it’s better that I am President because that way I have the opportunity to listen to all people in the country.

“I listen to all the citizens and the citizens with difficult jobs. I listen to mayors and ministers, principals and teachers, and I try to help with any problem and to resolve them.

“The President is primarily the mouth of all people, of all the public. When the President expresses his opinion he does so after hearing everyone’s voices. And you children – even if you don’t agree with what your friend says, first of all you need to listen and think – maybe what he is saying makes sense?

“It is important that we listen to everyone with dignity, and maybe we will learn something,” he told them.

Hana Levi Julian

Shavei Israel to Open First Jewish Kindergarten in Lodz

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Seven decades after the Nazis liquidated the Lodz Ghetto and sent its remaining Jews to Auschwitz, the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shavei Israel organization will join in partnership with the Lodz Jewish community next month to open the first Jewish kindergarten in the Polish city since World War II.

“There is a growing Jewish community in Lodz, as well as many Poles with Jewish roots who are becoming more and more interested in reconnecting with their heritage,” said Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund.

“In looking for ways to strengthen Jewish life, we realized it is crucial to invest in the next generation of Jews and to provide them with a well-rounded Jewish education.”

The city was historically home to one of Poland’s most vibrant Jewish communities – and one of the largest ghettos during the Holocaust – but Jewish life all but disappeared from Lodz in 1944, Freund noted.

“Not only will this kindergarten provide an essential community service, but it will also serve as a symbol of Jewish revival in Lodz. The fact that Jewish children in Lodz will be singing Sabbath songs, learning about the Patriarchs and celebrating the festivals is perhaps the best possible revenge for what was done to our people there during the dark days of the Holocaust.”

The Gan Matanel kindergarten at 18 Pomorska Street will be run by Shavei Israel’s emissary to Lodz, David Szychowscy, and his wife, Miriam Szychowsca. Ten children have already been registered for the coming academic year, Freund said.

“It is so emotional for us to be a part of the renewal of Jewish life here in Lodz, especially considering all that the Jewish community went through during World War II – and the total lack of Jewish education for decades,” said Szychowsca, whose own children will attend Gan Matanel starting next month.

“We are truly proud that our own children will be among the first Jewish kindergarten class in Lodz in nearly 50 years.”

The last post-war Jewish school in Lodz – the I.L. Peretz school – was forced to close down in 1968 due to Communist repression.

Prior to the outbreak of World War II, Poland was home to more than three million Jews. Lodz, located in central Poland, held one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe, second only to Warsaw. In January 1945, when the Lodz ghetto was liberated by the Soviets, only 877 Jews remained from the more than 245,000 who had been incarcerated there.

There are approximately 4,000 Jews officially registered as still living in Poland, but experts suggest there may be tens of thousands of other Poles with Jewish roots who, to this day, are either hiding their identities or are unaware of their Jewish heritage.

Hana Levi Julian

1 Israeli Hero Wounded Saving Children from Rocket Barrage in Eshkol

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

One man was wounded saving children’s lives Thursday morning in a rocket barrage fired from Gaza at Israeli communities along the southern border.

The victim did not quite make it into a bomb shelter at a local kindergarten that was hit by a Qassam rocket — he spent the time making sure all the children got into the safe space instead. He sustained shrapnel wounds and was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where he is listed in fair condition.

A home was also directly hit by a Qassam rocket in the Eshkol Regional Council district. No one was in the house at the time of the attack. The structure sustained moderate damage; bomb squad sappers raced to the scene.

A barrage of six Qassam rockets was directed at the region, in addition to a dozen mortar shells that were aimed at the district. A barn filled with cows was hit as well, regional police said in a post on the Twitter social networking site. Several cows were killed in the attack.

It is not clear whether the Code Red incoming rocket alert system was functioning properly in all areas of the district.

The attack came just 25 minutes after a Qassam rocket landed in the same area. On Wednesday, dozens of rockets were fired at the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Six Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists, meanwhile, were struck by the Israel Air Force as they were in the final preparations to launch a rocket attack, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “A hit was confirmed,” a spokesperson said.

By 11 am Thursday morning, Hamas had fired 243 rockets at Israeli civilians since violating the cease-fire with a barrage of rocket fire on Tuesday afternoon. Of those,184 reached Israeli territory and 37 were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, indicating the missiles were headed for densely populated areas in Israel. Another 16 never made it past the Gaza security fence, striking Palestinian Arab civilians instead.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Kindergarten Children Attacked in Antwerp

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Young Jewish kindergarten children traveling on the bus Sunday afternoon from the Antwerp Hayder school on their bus were attacked Sunday by a gang of Muslim teenagers, according to Jewish media in Belgium.

According to a security source quoted by the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism (CFCA), the children were returning from a swimming pool at the time of the attack. The driver stopped the bus and realized that the Muslim attackers were youths who lived near the swimming pool.

The gang surrounded the bus and started hurling rocks at the vehicle and its small passengers, according to the report. None of the children, about five years old and members of the Orthodox Jewish community, were physically injured in the attack.

Police opened an investigation after the teacher filed a complaint. Security personnel arrived at the scene and collected surveillance footage from the area in order to identify the attackers. No arrests have been made thus far.

Just a few weeks ago, four people were killed in a terrorist attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Belgian officials have yet to decide if they will assist the museum with upgraded security for the facility in the wake of the attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

School Starts in Israel

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Millions of adults in Israel are unusually happy today as 2,129,562 children return to school for the start of the school year.

1,700,535 children will be going to grade school, and another 429,177 will be going to nurseries and kindergartens.

A whopping 148,774 children will be starting first grade.

The breakdown of students in each of the major, recognized school system streams is as follows:

Public School:   678,161

Religous Public School:  217,137

Private School:  248,364

Talmud Torah:  50,470

Non-Jewish Schools:  437,503

There are 4,561 schools with  62,962 classrooms, and approximately 15,000 kindergartens/nursery schools in Israel.

For many Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox), the school year started 3 weeks ago, on Rosh Chodesh Elul. It’s estimated that Haredi students make up approximately 30% of the students in Israel.

More statistics can be found on the Ministry of Education’s website.

As one parent told this reporter this morning, “We’re meeting in the park at 10 to throw a party”.

I’ll be there.

Shalom Bear

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