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JPDS-NC Fourth Graders Perform and Teach Israeli Dance to Area Students at Embassy of Israel

May 26, 2016 by Eleanor F (’20) (Students) Lilli L (’20) (Students) Zoe K (’20) (Students)

The Fourth Grade Trailblazers class was invited to a special program at the Embassy of Israel on Friday, May 20. A Fifth Grade class from Hearst Elementary School was invited too. We performed an Israeli dance routine for everyone. Every year, JPDS-NC has an Israeli Dance Performance. We performed the choreography from that show. Then we taught two dances to the Hearst students, and they learned very fast.

The Embassy of Israel adopted Hearst Elementary School through the Embassy Adoption Program. This is a program that introduces DC public school students to other countries’ history, cultures, governments, arts, and geography. The Israeli Embassy taught the Hearst students about Israel, and some of the traditions, holidays, foods, and arts in Israel. At the visit, the Hearst students made a presentation about what they learned from the Israeli embassy. Then, Hearst students led everyone in Hatikvah, the national anthem of Israel. Then we had a delicious Israeli lunch. There was falafel, pita with hummus, and salad. For dessert, we had rugelach (a kind of cookie) and an Israeli chocolate bar that was like wafers but with more chocolate. Two people from Hearst said “you did a good job!!!!!” and the others said they learned a bunch and had a great experience this year. We had a blast and we wish we could have this experience again. We loved that we helped people to learn about Israeli dance.