by Aviva Engel, Director of Communications

Anyone walking by our Beit Midrash this afternoon during High School lunch hour would have been bowled over by the euphoria that was erupting inside.  While our students typically get this excited over Colour War, what got them fired up today was the presence of the Shalva Band –  a group of talented Israeli musicians with intellectual and/or physical disabilities, who are in Montreal as part of a world tour to the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

As many of you know, Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is an organization that is particularly dear to Hebrew Academy. Like last year, a group of Grade 10 and 11 students will be participating in the Jerusalem Marathon this spring to raise funds for the non-profit.

The Shalva Band performed last night at the Adath, and (fortunately for us) their plane to New York this morning was delayed because of the weather. With very little notice and the help of Dean of Jewish Life and Judaic Studies Department Head Rabbi Eddie Shostak, the band set up here at Hebrew Academy and wowed and inspired students and staff alike with their Ruach, sweet and soulful music, and commanding presence.

Enjoy these pictures and video clips of this truly heartwarming and unforgettable experience!

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