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Annette Powers

Day 7: More Jerusalem Adventures

Yesterday we woke up and ate breakfast. Then we went to the egalitarian section of the Kotel to pray together. It was a powerful experience to pray in front of a wall that people thousands of years ago used as a wall. Then, we went inside the church of the holy sepulcher and saw the place where Jesus supposedly died. Then we went to a charity organization and helped pack food for families that need food. Then we ate dinner at shuk machane yehuda and stayed in the shuk for a bit. Then we went back to the hotel in...
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Day 6: Archaeology Extravaganza

Today was one of the most fun days. We did so many things like going through Hezekiyah’s water tunnel and being an archaeologist for 2 hours. The water tunnels were very fun. I was really scared because it was extremely dark, but I was able to get through. When we sifted dirt from the first temple, my team, Daniel, Robin and I didn’t find anything at first. After 2 buckets we found a burnt bone. But the crazy thing happened next. Once we finished digging through our third or fourth bucket of dirt we found a small slab of marble with...
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Days 4 & 5: Shabbat in Israel

Shabbat Shalom! Today was our first and only Friday in Jerusalem and we sure did make it special. We started our day with a trip to Har Hertzl (הר הרצל), the largest cemetery in Israel for the burial of the country’s leaders and political figures. It is also a place of burial for the thousands of Israeli soldiers who lost their lives in the wars of Israel and the victims of actions of terrorism. We even got to visit Hannah Senesh’s grave, which was recently changed after a 70 year old mistake was discovered by an 18 year old student...
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Day 3: Masada and the Dead Sea

Today we started our day by waking up in the Bedouin tent! We ate a yummy breakfast there and got on the bus and headed to Masada. At Masada we hiked to the top of the mountain, did tefillah, heard our tour guide’s family connection to the Holocaust, took two minutes of silence to remember the Holocaust during the siren, and learned a bit about the history of Masada. We then ended our Masada tour by taking the cable car down. Next, we got back in the bus and drove up to the Dead Sea. There we had lunch and...
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Day 2: Exploring the South

The day started with an early wake up at 6:30am (12:30 in our minds because of jet lag.) We started by going to an overlook of the Negev to do tefila. It was mind blowing! We then went to a museum dedicated to Ilan Ramon. We learned about Ilan Ramon and how he was the first Israeli in space, and how he and six other astronauts died in a tragic accident. After the museum we went on a hike at Ein Avdat with some amazing scenery and a waterfall. Then we went to Sde Boker, the town where David Ben...
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Day 1: Arriving in Israel

Hello everyone! We started the day on the plane. We had two meals and a lot of fun hanging out with our friends. When we got to the airport in Israel, we passed security, took a COVID test and then went on the bus to take another COVID test! Everyone tested negative-phew! After that we drove all the way down to Mitzpeh Ramon where we checked into the hotel and ate dinner. After that we looked at a map and got a run down of our plans for the next two weeks in Israel! We are looking forward to traveling...
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2nd Grade Blog: 4/8

During Writer’s Workshop the second grade authors have begun a fiction unit! We began by reading and immersing ourselves in series books. We dove into Henry and Mudge and as readers we first studied how Cynthia Rylant writes her series books. The students discovered that Cynthia starts writing each book with the main characters and settings, that she keeps the main characters throughout the series and that there is either a problem and solution or an event (similar to a small moment) in each one. Next we started with prewriting! The students began by brainstorming their main characters and created...
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3/11/22 Second Grade Classroom Blog

2nd graders in Judiac Studies started the week with a big concert for the Holocaust survivors. The survivors enjoyed the interactive activity 2nd grade created for them. Sharing their knowledge about Purim, performing songs and daily Teffilot. The children were amazing. 2nd graders learned about the importance of the relationship with elderly people and we all had a blast. Thank you Week of 3/9/22 Pajama day was a blast! The kids had so much fun and said that they wished they could have pajama day every day! During writing we wrote about our special stuffies and lovies and made up...
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Interview with the 2021 Covenant Grantees: Jews of Color Engagement, Within and Beyond our Walls

The New Class: Interviews with the 2021 Covenant Grantees in The Covenant Foundation’s online journal, Sight Line.  Hannah Senesh Community Day School – To create a culture of belonging for Jews of Color by developing curricula, community programming, and a multicultural camp through the lens of equity and inclusion. What sparked the idea for this grant project? “Community” is more than our name—it’s our identity. Since 1995, Senesh has been committed to creating a community that reflects the evolving Jewish world where all Jews feel a sense of belonging. This work has matured as we’ve deepened relationships and intentionally worked to...
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Senesh Receives Prestigious Grant

We are thrilled to share that Hannah Senesh Community Day School is a recipient of a Signature Grant from the Covenant Foundation of $135,000 over the next three years. This grant will fund our initiative: Jews of Color Engagement, Within and Beyond Our Walls, which aims to create a culture of belonging for Jews of Color by developing curricula, community programming, and a multicultural camp through the lens of equity and inclusion.    Senesh is again in the company of 302 other Signature Grantees and 94 Ignition Grantees that have received Covenant Grants during the past 30 years. (We had been a recipient...
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