Schools participating in The Fifth Son Project to remember Sgt. Gilad Shalit at Passover and to raise awareness about his plight include local day schools, middle schools, and high schools, as well as numerous schools and organizations across the county and around the world.
Participating schools are distributing cards encouraging students to remember Shalit as the fifth son, or the son who awaits redemption. The cards contain a space that, upon Shalit’s release, could be filled in with a date. Student representatives at the various schools have been explaining the project and handing out the cards. Some schools are showing a music video by the Elias sisters.
Participating high schools in the greater metropolitan area as of Wednesday include:
Torah Academy of Bergen County, Teaneck
Maayanot Yeshiva for Girls, Teaneck
The Frisch School, Paramus
Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and
Rockaway, Lawrence, N.Y.
Kushner Yeshiva High School, Livingston
SAR Academy, Riverdale, Bronx
Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Manhattan
Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, Hewlett
Bay Park, Nassau County, N.Y.
North Shore Hebrew Academy High School,
Great Neck, N.Y.
Participating local middle
and lower schools include:
Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, New Milford
Yavneh Academy, Paramus
The Moriah School, Englewood
Yeshivat Noam, Paramus
Participating high schools
elsewhere in the country include:
Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles,
Los Angeles, Calif.
The Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, Boca Raton, Fla.
Margolin Hebrew Academy, Memphis, Tenn.
Greenfield Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva
High School, both in Atlanta, Ga.
Robert M. Beren Academy, Houston, Texas
Fuchs Mizrachi High School, Cleveland, Ohio
Maimonides Jewish Day School, Boston, Mass.
Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Chicago, Ill.
Kohelet Yeshiva High School, Merion Station, Pa.
The following organizations
have signed on:
Manhattan Jewish Experience
The Hillels at Columbia, Brown, Rutgers, and
New York universities; Yeshiva University’s
Center for the Jewish Future
The European Jewish Congress
The Board of Deputies of British Jews
In addition, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) ordered 1,000 cards to distribute to her constituents, and Naomi Catering of Jerusalem is sending the cards in its e-mail blog to approximately 13,000 homes around the world.
Also, cards are being distributed by high school students at hotel Pesach services in Florida, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Israel, and Italy.
Compiled by Sheryl Elias