Battle of the Classes
Much to the surprise of the High School students, after a “reprimanding” by Rabbi Houben about not social distancing, the four team color war captains rushed into the auditorium with balloons and Silly String yelling excitedly about the battle of the classes. The students split into two teams of upperclassman versus underclassman — blue against white; chadasha (ancient Israel) against atikah (modern Israel). The teams participated in two days of presentations and activities beginning on the day of Yom Haatzmaut.
On the first day, the teams divided themselves into small groups to create a boys dance, girls stomp, shelet, video, and song. All presentations needed to follow the theme of their team. Following Mincha, the teams performed on stage before the panel of judges and were rewarded points on their delivery and work. AJA hosted the first in-person Friday for the high school in honor of the second day of color war. Students played an assortment of sports such as basketball, football, volleyball, and dodgeball throughout the day. They also presented their dvar Torahs and the team song. After Shabbos dancing, Rabbi Houben announced the winner (upperclassmen/atika) and concluded the Battle of the Classes for 2021.