LONGMEADOW – Friends visited, Israel arrived, and flying dogs entertained during a “Whirlwind Weekend” at Heritage Academy in Longmeadow.
Heritage welcomed Jewish friends of students, grades kindergarten through eighth, early Friday morning. Twelve children joined classes to celebrate Shabbat, explore the dual curriculum of Judaics and general studies, and discover the joy experienced by Heritage Academy’s current students.
Parents, staff, and community members did not need to book a flight nor update their passports to travel to Israel late Saturday night. Heritage Academy held its 4th annual Night in the Old City directly on the campus grounds. Guests enjoyed an Israeli style dinner including Mediterranean Salmon, Couscous, Israeli salad, Baba Ganoush, and homemade baklava. The shuk, filled with vendors, Thirty-One, Arbonne Health and Wellness, Quintessential Designs, Silpada, Dansko’s from Footbeats, Temple Beth El’s Judaica and many others, was the perfect ending to an international trip.
Sunday, November 11th, became a memorable day for children and parents alike. “Family Fun Day” brought Pawstars, the canine disc dog team from Dutchess County, N.Y , with their acrobatic feats of K9 and human teamwork. Mad Science, a bounce house, face painting, make your own origami peace crane and game prizes delighted visitors. Thanks to the generosity of the community, a silent auction featured a NHL autographed item, Bright Nights passes, admission to Historic Deerfield, jewelry, artwork, a WEBS Yarn store gift certificate, huge themed baskets, books, prints, and museum passes.