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Conflict and Conversation: Grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Jewish Day School By Leah Sosland and Haidee Clauer

Written by Haidee Clauer and Leah Sosland. The State of Israel, needless to say, is an integral, even salient, facet of Jewish education at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Inextricable from our thirteen years of Jewish learning is our schooling in Hebrew, in Israeli history, and in our own identifications with Israel. Inseparable from any conversation about Israel, however, is Palestine. In an attempt to broaden the scope of our understanding of the history, opinions, and conversation about Israel, we have chosen to write and record a three-part series revolving around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Part I is a condensed...

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Conversation About the Arab-Israeli Conflict at HBHA

Featured image by Amanda Sokol. Article by Haidee Clauer and Leah Sosland. May 2nd, 2017– Another Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) sweeps through the hallways of HBHA. Underneath strings of Israeli flags covering the ceiling, every student sings and dances to Hebrew anthems flooding the classrooms. Middle schoolers start conga-lines and third graders pause briefly, displaying to commending upperclassmen their handmade festive crafts, Israeli maps, and posters. Although by now every lyric and beat Yom Ha’Atzmaut could offer feels like second nature to them, HBHA high schoolers still struggle with the nuances of the situation in Israel, especially with...

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Podcast: Views and Opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Leah Sosland and Haidee Clauer

Israel, needless to say, is an integral, even salient, facet of Jewish education at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Inextricable from our thirteen years of Jewish learning is our schooling in Hebrew, in Israeli history, and in our own identifications with Israel. Inseparable from any conversation about Israel, however, is Palestine. In an attempt to broaden the scope of our understanding of the history, opinions, and conversation about Israel, we have chosen to write and record a 3-part series revolving around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Part I was a condensed summation of what we found to be the most helpful...

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HBHA Social Justice Project Tackles Issues Raised in Netflix Hit “13th”

Slider image by Zohar Flacks. Two months after Netflix released 13th, a popular documentary exploring racial issues in America after the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, HBHA students excitedly prepare for a social justice project aiming to tackle the issues surrounding racial bias around the Kansas City (KC) community. More than 150 years have passed since the enactment of the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery. Still, racial tensions, discrimination, and violence continue to stain American culture. Though the amendment was a monumental step towards racial equality, it includes a clause allowing forced slavery of convicted prisoners...

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