The Iriya did a very nice job on the graduation. All I was expecting was a little "Pomp and Circumstance" and a diploma, but this was an entire evening of festivities. The city rented a bus to go to the site and stopped at the two city community centers on the way. This was very convenient for those of us without a car :). We visited Gan Golan in Beit Shemesh, which is named after fallen soldier Golan Pelli whose parents are artists who converted a space next to their house into a beautiful Biblical sculpture park in his memory.
Here is Ilana getting her diploma from Morah Nechama:
Ilana also participated in her school's Yom Yerushalayim festival yesterday, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.
|June 7, 1967, when Israeli paratroopers recaptured the Kotel.|
|and a more modern-day celebration :). Ilana is third from the left|
As the performance was going on, a woman I didn't know tugged on my sleeve and said in English, "isn't this amazing? Aren't you glad you made aliyah and can be here to celebrate this?". I really have no idea who this woman is or how she knew we were new olim, but I agree with her!