HALB celebrates the fascinating history of Long Island


Throughout March, the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach participated virtually in Long Island History Day as part of the larger National History Day Competition. Students created projects that examined events in history and how they  relates to this year’s theme, “Communication: The Key to Understanding.”

For five months, under the guidance of social studies teacher Kristen Waterman, the eighth graders researched events and people from periods as far back as the American Industrial Revolution and as recent as 1980s.

Seven of the nine HALB groups placed within the top six on Long Island, with three projects placing first in their category.

All projects that placed were advanced into New York State History Day.    

Here are HALB’s First Place winners:

•Documentary — Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  Communicating for All Womankind, by Ruth Ginsburg, Shira Friedman, Gabrielle Heller, Ayala Hoschander and Shani Waxman.

•Website — It’s a Sunny Day to Learn: Sesame Street Communicates ABCs and Life Lessons Through Television, by Mikhaela Abayev, Abby Karkowsky, Olivia Papilsky, Kayla Paul and Sima Ross.

•Group Exhibit — The Skokie Affair:  Challenging the First Amendment, by Talia Beck, Rebecca Berg, Nina Plaut, Avtalya Teitelbaum and Rachel Yadgarov.