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Sunday, December 25, 2011


Last week, we sent a delegation of students to participate in an annual Panim El Panim seminar in Washington, D.C.

The seminar had approximately 120 students from 7 schools: Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway (NY); Akiva Hebrew Day School (MI); Hillel Community Day School (FL); Yeshivah of Flatbush (NY); North Shore Hebrew Academy (NY); Beth Tfiloh (MD); and the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (NJ).

Our students were split into two groups which discussed different topics throughout the seminar. Some students chose to learn more about the U.S./Economy and Occupy movements, and some chose to discuss the Arab Spring and U.S./Israel policy.  In both cases, the students had opportunities to discuss policy with senate and house representatives, participate in service components and volunteer for charitable organizations as well as listen to experts debate the topics at hand.

Students on this trip had the opportunity to participate hands on  in research, lobbying and overall political activism and awareness.

Special thanks to Mrs. Marcus and Mr. Engel for chaperoning the trip.