Nov 11, 2011
By Nicole Wengrofsky
A lot of exciting events have taken place in HAFTR High School since we returned from the Sukkot vacation.
At the end of October, the seniors attended an assembly organized by HAFTR’s Zionism instructor, Mr. Tuvia Book, about Ir David (the City of David). Mr. Eli Alony, the head of strategic development of the Ir David Foundation, offered a fascinating presentation, followed by a 3D movie. Mr. Alony explained that when the seniors go to college, they may be faced with a situation where peers may ask them how we know that our people inhabited the Land of Israel and, more specifically, Jerusalem. Ir David (City of David) provides archeological proof that the Jews were in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago.
The discoveries made by the world-renowned archeologist, Dr. Eilat Mazar, prove that they did reside in Jerusalem so long ago. She discovered a pillar from the palace of King David and seals at the bottom of David’s palace. Other artifacts discovered included a Roman sword, Babylonian arrowheads, and a golden bell thought to have been part of the Kohen Gadol’s (High Priest’s) robe. An obvious question is how was this city lost? Mr. Alony explained that when the Turks controlled Jerusalem, they built a wall around what they thought was the old city. Since Ir David was not enclosed in that wall, it was covered over time, which is how it remains intact today, and was able to be discovered. After 3,000 years, the City of David is finally reconnected to the Kotel. (Western Wall)
In honor of national Red Ribbon Week, Mrs. Teresa Corrigan, Bureau Chief of Street Narcotics and Gangs at the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, came to HAFTR to make a very important presentation about making smart choices and being safe. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign.. The program was mandatory for all students, and followed a program entitled “Not My Child” that Mrs. Corrigan presented the previous evening for parents of sophomores and juniors. Mrs. Corrigan explained that although we may feel as if the information and tips she offered do not seem relevant now, they will as we get older. What was great about this program as opposed to others that we have had in the past is that it was informative but was able to be so without scaring everyone completely.
There are other wonderful programs going on, as well as exciting upcoming events. HAFTR High School ran a successful coat drive just in time for the arrival of winter weather. This week, eight HAFTR students are attending the National Jump Leadership Seminar, sponsored by NCSY, which focuses on giving its participants tools and opportunities to coordinate programming in and out of their communities, as well as giving them leadership experience. Five HAFTR students will attend the upcoming Youth Bridge Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and UJA-Federation of New York. We look forward to greeting prospective freshmen and their parents at the annual HAFTR High School Open House, which will take place on Sunday morning, November 13. Israel Nights for senior girls and boys are being held on November 9 and 14, respectively. These evenings provide an opportunity for the seniors to meet with representatives of yeshivot and seminaries in Israel. Of course, we are also very proud of our two Siemens Competition semifinalists Eric Hirsch and Wade Miller. Other exciting upcoming events include a bowl-a-thon to raise money for students going to Israel, and an Ohel Beis Ezra Barbeque with adults with disabilities.
As usual, HAFTR High School is jam-packed with educational and inspirational events.
Nicole Wengrofsky is a 16 year-old HAFTR student. She’s involved in activities such as model United Nations, the school paper, HAFTR Tattler, iShine, the volleyball team, and book club. She enjoys reading and playing volleyball in her spare time and has two very different career interests; writing, and interior design.
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