Congressman Steve Israel Celebrates #WorldTeachersDay at RSS

On Wednesday, October 5th, Rodeph Sholom School welcomed Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), to celebrate World Teachers Day with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade students. Facilitated by RSS Parents Talia and Andrew Day, the hour-long assembly delved into the day in the life of the Congressman. Rep. Israel answered students’ questions and taught them about how bills are passed on Capitol Hill with a mock voting session. 
On Wednesday, October 5th, Rodeph Sholom School welcomed Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), to celebrate World Teachers Day with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade students. Facilitated by RSS Parents Talia and Andrew Day, the hour-long assembly delved into the day in the life of the Congressman. Rep. Israel answered students’ questions and taught them about how bills are passed on Capitol Hill with a mock voting session. 

Rep. Israel represents New York's 3rd Congressional District, encompassing northeast Queens and the townships of North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Huntington and Smithtown. He is the sixth ranking member of the House Democratic Leadership, serving as Chair of Policy & Communications, where he focuses on the issue of middle-class economic security and opportunity. Rep. Israel is also an appointed member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, serving with seven other members of Congress, and is the highest-ranking Jewish Democrat in the House.
 
“I decided I wanted to be a Congressman in Fourth Grade,” Rep. Israel told the students. “In school, I was learning about how I can help people – help the poor, help those in need – and at the same time, I was learning about Tikkun Olam in Hebrew School. I knew then and there that I wanted to go into politics so that I could change the world for the better,” he said.
 
Rep. Israel serves New York on the Appropriations Committee in Congress.  During his time at RSS, he spoke to students about the need for laws and the process of passing laws in Washington. While answering questions from students, Rep. Israel highlighted some issues that are particularly meaningful to him, such as common sense gun laws, the need to protect women’s health, the duty to support veterans both when they are abroad and when they return to the US, and his staunch and unwavering support of Israel.
 
Lastly, Rep. Israel spoke about his gratitude for teachers, and the need to support educators in all that they do, tying into the theme of World Teachers Day.
 
“Teachers are unsung heroes and they deserve our thanks every day,” Rep. Israel said.
 
Head-Elect Danny Karpf was thrilled to host Rep. Israel at RSS and highlighted the opportunity students had to ask the Congressman questions.
 
“Congressman Israel was able to convey complex concepts about government and the democratic process in clear, simple language that was accessible to our elementary students,” he said.
 
“Our students' impressive questions led to an engaging, meaningful learning experience. We are grateful for the opportunity to connect our students directly with a Jewish leader whose life's work has been to help others through the political process: a great role model for making tikkun olam real for our students!”
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