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Northwest Yeshiva's Walk For Israel marks 65th anniversary of Israel's statehood

Halle Friedland, a senior at Northwest Yeshiva High School, carries the flag during the third annual Walk For Israel as NYHS students walk along Island Crest Way from their school to the Island Crust Cafe on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Friedland will attend the University of Washington next year.  - Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo
Halle Friedland, a senior at Northwest Yeshiva High School, carries the flag during the third annual Walk For Israel as NYHS students walk along Island Crest Way from their school to the Island Crust Cafe on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Friedland will attend the University of Washington next year.
— image credit: Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo

Once a year in April, the flag of Israel can be seen along Island Crest Way and in downtown Mercer Island as it is carried nearly three miles from Northwest Yeshiva High School to the Island Crust Cafe during the Walk For Israel.

NYHS students, teachers and parents participated in the third annual walk on Tuesday, April 16, in celebration of the 65th anniversary of Israel's statehood. Representatives from StandWithUs, a nonprofit organization for Israeli advocacy, also joined the walk. The sophomore class was not present, as 10th-graders are visiting Washington, D.C., to study government.

Sarah Varon, a NYHS alumna, started the Walk For Israel tradition in 2011, when she was a senior.

This week is "Israel Week" at Northwest Yeshiva, and in addition to the walk, the school held a candle lighting and completed a service project — making blankets to send to disadvantaged youth at the Sanhedria Children's Home in Israel.

Below (top), Mira Klein, a junior, carries the flag in the 3700 block of Island Crest Way.

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