Bnei Menashe youth celebrate end of the school year in Acre
It’s a tradition for young people all over the world: the end of the year is a time for celebration. As a famous rock singer once crooned, “No more teachers, no more books”…for at least another two months.
New Bnei Menashe immigrants in Israel are no different. And fortunately, they have plenty of instructors and student counselors to make their first siyum (Hebrew for “end”) particularly joyous.
We have some great photos from Acre, north of Haifa, where the Bnei Menashe community is growing with the help of the local Garin Torani – young Israelis who have been guiding the Bnei Menashe through local bureaucracy, assisting their children in school, teaching Hebrew and providing Shabbat and holiday meals and invitations.
To mark the end of the year, first there was tried and true mesibat siyum (“the final party”) for Acre’s Bnei Menashe after school program (complete with a traditional dance performance). Then it was a trip on a boat around the harbor of this ancient port city.
We have pictures of both below.
The final party
Sailing in Acre