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Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Visits JPDS-NC

November 11, 2015 by Johanna L (’16) (Students) Rebecca G (’16) (Students)

Rabbi David Lau, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel, came to the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital recently. He came to the U.S. to learn more about Jewish life in America, and while he was here, he visited JPDS-NC and spoke with the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders about his role in the Israeli community. Sixth-grader Rachel Zuckerman said, “It was cool, and we don’t normally get to do stuff like that. Everyone was super nervous because he was very important and we didn’t want to make a bad impression on him.” Ronit Greenstein, director of communications at JPDS-NC, said, “I was really impressed by the way he spoke with the students. The conversation was warm, and the students seemed very engaged and comfortable asking questions and discussing what they have been learning at school.”

Rabbi Lau came to Washington, D.C., and spent the Jewish Sabbath here. He contacted JPDS-NC to make a time to come and meet the students and staff. The school community was extremely honored to have the chance to welcome the Rabbi into their school. All in all, Rabbi Lau’s visit will be one for JPDS-NC to remember.