Guest of honor Sivan Rahav-Meir joined ADI Jerusalem Special Education School students at a roof-top party celebrating receipt of students’ very first siddur.
At ADI Jerusalem’s annual Siddur Party, parents, family, volunteers and staff celebrate with the young students following a lengthy study program dedicated to the importance and significance of the Jewish prayer book. The highlight of the celebration occurs when students receive their very own accessible, sensory-enhanced siddur, an important stage in their overall education and development.
Having returned from London on the morning of the party, Sivan Rahav-Meir promised to join the students and their families for a few short moments. Once at ADI, however, Rahav-Meir was overcome with emotion and admiration as she listened to detailed descriptions of ADI’s various activities and mingled with party participants. In no hurry to leave, she graciously stood for selfie pictures with National Service volunteers and posed with each child as she wished each one a personal Mazal Tov.
“This has to be the main headline on the news tonight,” quipped Israel’s most famous female broadcast personality. “The real news is what happens here. Thank you for letting me join you. I would like to thank the teachers who teach you how to pray and thank you for your prayers. In the end, it is not just the words, but the depth of the soul and the places to which the prayers ascend. . . Continue with your special, holy work.”
Shlomit Grayevsky, ADI Jerusalem CEO, further commented, “ADI Jerusalem’s Siddur Party is an important and praiseworthy occasion. Parents join first grade students who have completed weeks of study and preparation. This year, we were honored with a special guest, Sivan Rahav-Meir, who came to commend the staff, families and students. . . She brought so much joy, energy and good will. Thank you, Sivan, for seeing the virtues and value in every person. We could feel your love.”