It was bring-your-father-to-school day on December 25 at Midreshet Shalhevet for the annual Lunch n’ Learn program. The students and their fathers filled up the ballroom as they were treated to a delicious buffet from Carlos and Gabby’s.
The learning program began with Rabbi Weil, executive vice president of the OU, conveying the importance of our dedication to Medinat Yisrael and Am Yisrael. Rabbi Weil’s presentation, “The Anatomy of the World’s First BDS Movement,” captured everyone’s attention as he delved into the importance of protecting Israel. (BDS, which stands for “boycott, divestment, and sanctions,” is a global campaign that puts economic and political pressure on Israel in an attempt to delegitimize the Jewish state.)
The girls and their fathers then broke off into chavrusa learning to review the Haggadah sources that Rabbi Weil referenced. Rabbi Weil then took the floor again, bringing down more sources and further making the connections between the methods of slavery used in Mitzrayim, the Holocaust, and the response of American Jews to BDS. Rabbi Weil stressed the importance of advocating for a strong Israel, which Midreshet Shalhevet fully supports.
Midreshet Shalhevet would like to thank Rabbi Weil for his phenomenal presentation, all of the fathers that participated, and the women’s league for arranging this wonderful event. v