Throughout the month of March, the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach participated virtually in Long Island History Day as part of the larger National History Day Competition. The students created projects that examined events in history and how they relate to this year’s theme, Communication: The Key to Understanding. For the past five months, under the guidance of their social studies teacher, Ms. Kristen Waterman, the eighth grade students researched various events and people from time periods as far back as the American Industrial Revolution and as recent as the 1980s. Seven of the nine groups from HALB placed within the top six on Long Island, with three projects placing first in their category. All projects that placed will be advancing to New York State History Day, which will take place virtually in April.

The First Place Winners were:

First Place, Group Documentary: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Communicating for All Womankind

By Ruth Ginsburg, Shira Friedman, Gabrielle Heller, Ayala Hoschander, Shani Waxman

First Place, Group 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, Sima Ross

First Place, Group Exhibit: The Skokie Affair: Challenging the First Amendment

By Talia Beck, Rebecca Berg, Nina Plaut, Avtalya Teitelbaum, Rachel Yadgarov

Congratulations to all the HALB groups that participated and good luck to those moving on.