Israel Advocacy. Several HANC high-school students recently had the opportunity to join 400 other students from across the country and attend the AIPAC Schusterman High School Summit. Robyn Awendstern, Victoria Kalmanowitz, Eliana Kaufman, David Sroka, and Judah Wolkenfeld traveled with AP History teacher Mrs. Laura Eisner for a three-day conference in Washington, DC. The conference focused on both educating the students on Israel’s situation in the Middle East and developing the students’ political advocacy skills. It also emphasized the role that U.S. citizens can play in strengthening the America–Israel relationship. The Summit included several keynote speakers such as Matt Nosanchuck, White House liaison on Jewish affairs, and IDF Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, from Our Soldiers Speak. The students also interacted with Israel activists from college campuses across the country, including alumna (’11) Marissa Young from Columbia University. The trip culminated in a visit to Capitol Hill to lobby the office of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy on the issues discussed during the conference. The students learned so much on this trip and they are eager to bring their activism and ideas back and implement them in school. This is one of many opportunities that HANC High School affords its students in leadership and in Israel Advocacy.
Adopt A Survivor. HANC High School has designed an elective class for its seniors in Holocaust Studies. On Wednesday, November 6, a select group of students had the privilege of meeting Mr. Irving Roth, the founder of the Adopt A Survivor Program. This renowned program will give students the opportunity to interview and befriend Holocaust survivors. Along with their teacher, Rabbi Aharon Friedler, and assistant principal, Ms. Tziporah Zucker, the class visited Temple Judea of Manhasset Holocaust Center. There they listened to Mr. Roth’s informative overview of the background of the Holocaust, viewed the museum’s exhibit, and learned more about the program. A special thanks to senior Alex Sachs for videotaping the session with Mr. Roth.
For the first time in the Adopt A Survivor Program, HANC High School was selected to film the process and journey of meeting with survivors while taking an interactive approach to learning about the Holocaust. The instructor of the course, Rabbi Aharon Friedler, is diligently working with the students on this film which will be produced as a documentary and published. The film is set to debut on Yom HaShoah. v
Cedarhurst Winter Festivities In The Andrew J. Parise Park
This winter season, the mayor and the board of trustees of Cedarhurst invite you to participate in the lighting of the Chanukah menorah and the Christmas tree in the scenic Andrew J. Parise Park.
“Our park is the heart of our beautiful village and it is fitting to invite the community there to commemorate and share their respective traditions. Each year, the two festivities bring a special joy to our village since we have an opportunity to learn more about each other’s customs and beliefs,” said Mayor Andrew J. Parise.
The celebration of the wonders of the Chanukah miracle begins on the first night, Wednesday, November 27 through Wednesday, December 4. For each of the eight nights of the holiday, Rabbi Wolowik of the Five Towns Chabad Center is leading the Chanukah festivities. The schedule for the menorah lighting is as follows: each day will be at 6:00 p.m., except Friday, November 29 at 3:00 p.m.
On Sunday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m., Msgr. Paul F. Rahilly of St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church and Pastor Rev. Mary Chang of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation will host the Christmas Caroling Celebration. They will gather around the traditional bonfire, and enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, hot chocolate, and cookies as they wait for a surprise visitor! Carolers in the decorated gazebo will lead hundreds in song and it is recommended that all who attend bring flashlights to read the song sheets that are provided. Mayor Parise will continue the exciting tradition of inviting the crowd to count down to the dramatic lighting of the splendid Park Christmas tree.
For more information on these and other Cedarhurst events, call Cedarhurst Village Hall at 516-295-5770 or visit the Incorporated Village of Cedarhurst website at www.cedarhurst.gov.