Midreshet Shalhevet Students Witness History
On Monday, September 12, students from Midreshet Shalhevet's Committee of Israel Advocacy (CIA), and their teacher, Mr. Simcha Bader, joined many local government officials and religious leaders as Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino signed a declaration of cooperation between the Town of Hempstead and the Shomron Region in Israel, at the Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence, NY.
This declaration is part of the continued effort to eradicate the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement that is plaguing college campuses and countries around the world, and show their support and partnership with Israel, particularly, the Shomron region.
Earlier this year, the Town of Hempstead voted and passed a piece of legislation stating that they will not participate in any business with companies that support the BDS movement. This legislation was a great accomplishment for both Israelis and Americans, as Hempstead Town, which is the largest township in the United States, became the first municipality in New York State to pass anti-BDS legislation.
Midreshet Shalhevet juniors and seniors had the opportunity to meet and talk to a number of elected officials including Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Councilman Anthony D'Esposito.
Junior Leah Feder said, "[I] really appreciated the amazing opportunity of being able to witness the signing of this historical legislation. I am so lucky to live in a community where Israel is a major priority to the local government." The girls felt honored to be a part of this historical event and wish to express gratitude to Mr. Avi Fertig, Special Assistant to the Town Board, for inviting us to join the Town of Hempstead and the Shomron Region.
Zahava Fertig, 12th grade