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Diaspora Jewish Children Party in Samaria Via Skype

Jewish 6th graders in Los Angeles connected to their counterparts in Shaarei Tikva, in Samaria, for a Tu B'Shvat event using Skype technology.
By Avi Yellin
First Publish: 1/24/2011, 12:20 PM / Last Update: 1/24/2011, 1:07 PM

Shomron Liaison Office

The Shomron (Samaria) Liaison Office, together with Israel Connect of Melitz , held a video conferencing on Sunday connecting the children of the Shaarei Tikva School in Samaria with children at the school connected to the Tiferet Yisrael Congregation in Los Angeles, California.

The meeting, which took place over an Internet connection using Skype technology, permitted the 6th grade students children from both schools to connect and to hold a joint Tu B'Shvat seder and party.

The 6th grade classes from both schools held a joint online Purim party last year using the same technology.

The connection between the LA school and the Ramon school in Shaarei Tikva -- named for fallen Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and his son, fallen IAF pilot Asaf Rimon -- was made possible through the efforts of the Shomron Liaison Office, under the leadership of David Ha’ivri, and the Israel Connect project, under the direction of Amihai Bennet of Melitz.

Participating in the online party from the Israeli side were Israel's Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody and Shomron Regional Council Governor Gershon Mesika, who offered words of blessing and inspiration to the children on both sides.

The connection between the two schools is one of five such connections that have been established in the Shomron Region Educational system, pairing up local schools with Jewish schools in Los Angeles, New York and in Melbourne, Australia.

David Ha'Ivri, director of the Shomron Liaison Office, told Israel National News "We hope that this school year we will be able to connect more classrooms in the Shomron with classrooms abroad. This connection allows the children on either side to learn about their peers and about the communities on the other side, and it’s a very inspiring and exciting experience for the children, and for the entire community."