Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kadima Welcomes Students from Our Sister School in Tel Aviv - Ort Yad Singalovsky

Today, Kadima welcomed a group of student delegates and their teachers from the Ort Yad Singalovsky (OYS) School based in Tel Aviv. The delegation will be here for 10 days, with each student being hosted in the home of a Kadima 8th grader. In the Spring, Kadima 8th graders will be visiting Israel and will stay with these same students. The exchange program is made possible through the Tel-Aviv-Los Angeles School Twinning Program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. 

Established in 1997, The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles School Twinning Program connects schools in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. This powerful initiative has impacted 60,000 students, parents, and faculty through jointly prepared curricula, teacher trainings, and delegation exchanges. Visiting students live with a host family and study history, literature, language, pluralistic Judaism, Zionism and the sciences at their partner school. The resulting connection between the students transcends the distance between Israel and L.A., transforms school cultures and creates a shared Jewish identity and destiny.

As you see visitors on our campus, welcome them to Kadima, Los Angeles, and the United States.  For many of the students, this is their first time away from home and away from Israel.  While they are visiting, they will experience Jewish life in the United States, get to know Kadima, and learn about Los Angeles.  Most importantly, they will connect with the 8th grade and continue to help foster a love of Israel for our students.

Today, the delegation was welcomed to Los Angeles by the entire 8th grade.  They met at Mishkon Tephilo in Venice, one of the oldest continuously operating synagogues in Los Angeles (founded in 1918). Kadima and OYS students will have the opportunity to get to know one another and will immediately embark on their first Los Angeles experience - a walking tour of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade. BRUCHIM HABAYIM! 

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