On Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers), Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts (LBJA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, held a solemn ceremony featuring the lighting of candles, the recitation of the Yizkor (memorial) prayer for fallen soldiers, and songs representing each decade of Israel’s existence. Among the many guests, LBJA was honored to have Delphine Gamburg, the Director of Cultural Affairs of the Israeli Embassy, attend the ceremony; afterward, she expressed how impressed she was and invited LBJA’s children to perform at the Israeli Embassy in honor of Israel’s Jerusalem Day.
LBJA gladly accepted the invitation. On May 29, students performed for an audience that included fifth graders from a local public school, Embassy staff, and visitors at the Israeli Embassy. Taking the Metro and walking to the embassy, the LBJA students arrived excited to enter “Israeli territory.” During the program, LBJA students sang songs of Jerusalem in Hebrew. They were also happy to hear the public-school students share their knowledge about Israel and what they loved most about it. LBJA staff then began to teach the crowd Israeli folk dances, with all participants happily dancing along. Watching videos of Israel’s new Eurovision song winner was a highlight for many.
After the celebration, the LBJA students gave the staff of the embassy homemade cards of support for Israeli children who were targets of recent missile attacks. With an invitation to return next year, LBJA students had an extremely memorable day!