Israel 70th Birthday Celebration Begins with Recreation of U.N. Partition Vote
November 30, 2017 by
This week, MILTON kicked off our months-long celebration of Israel in honor of Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel)’s 70th birthday. On November 29, we marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Vote granting a Jewish State in part of the ancient land of Israel. Our students re-enacted this historic vote, and celebrated the moment that led to Jewish autonomy in the region for the first time in nearly 2000 years.
At our vote, Moetzet Talmidim (Student Council) Officers sat in the UN Secretary General seat and conducted the roll call. Every student in Grades 2 to 6 was assigned to a delegation representing one of the 56 member countries of the United Nations at that time. Each delegation raised their flag, a photo of their ambassador, and world maps highlighting their country before announcing their vote of Yes, No, or Abstain. In addition to a Student Council Officer, everyone sitting at the assembly tallied the vote on papers. After the tally, everyone cheered and we unfurled the flag of Israel. Our officers then recited T’filah l’Shlom HaMedina, the prayer for the State of Israel in both Hebrew and English, and all assembled sang the Hatikvah. As part of our program, we watched a short historical video about the actual vote.
Enjoy the video of the MILTON recreation of the United Nations Partition Vote, and of the first graders singing Hatikvah to commemorate this special day.