Innovative Programs, Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini) to Highlight American Friends of Kidum Virtual Spring Gala on April 11, 2020

Jerusalem’s Mayor to Offer Greetings — Awards to SAE Alumni

The 2021 AFK Virtual Spring Gala will take place on SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021 at 8 PM Eastern Time.

“Reimagining Education in Israel” is the theme of the American Friends of Kidum (AFK) Virtual Spring Gala on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The event is designed to provide a current look at the innovative solutions the Society for Advancement of Education (SAE) is developing to meet the academic and social needs of teenagers from all segments of Israeli society.

“Like everywhere in the world, the pandemic has been an enormous challenge for our schools in Israel,” said AFK Executive Director Jerry Isaak-Shapiro, “but at the same time, it offers a powerful demonstration of the resilience of our students and the creativity of our teachers.  This Virtual Gala is a wonderful opportunity to engage with our many supporters throughout the U.S. and to share the SAE story.”

Students and teachers will talk about SAE’s creative approaches to learning in the time of COVID-19; they will spotlight the new schools that SAE has recently established to meet the needs of secular, orthodox, Haredi and Israeli Arab students; and they will announce plans for two new high schools to meet the evolving educational needs of Israel and worldwide Jewry.

The AFK will present the First Annual SAE Alumni Awards to graduates of SAE high schools and residences who have rendered outstanding service to their communities or Israel. Internationally renowned Israeli singer-songwriter Noa (Achinoam Nini) (Noa) and Gil Dor will close out the Virtual Gala with a special musical performance. Noa is a graduate of SAE’s Mae Boyar High School in Jerusalem,

The Honorable Moshe Leon, Mayor of Jerusalem, will greet attendees and Rae Ringel, AFK Board Member and President of the Ringel Group will be the mistress of ceremonies throughout the fast-paced 40-minute event.

AFK will also recognize many significant donors from the United States who have contributed to the success of the SAE since its founding inspired by Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in 1962.

All Gala participants at the Friend level or above will receive a special Gala Party Pack. Tickets, sponsorships and additional information is available at kidum-us.org, lgeiger@kidum-us.org or at 914-860-4945.

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