Thursday, April 4, 2013

Congressman Stephen Fincher Visits the MHA

Due to the impressive efforts of 11th grader Isaac Graber and the AIPAC Club which he leads, United States Congressman Stephen Fincher visited our school today and spoke with our high school students about his support for the State of Israel.  Rep. Fincher, whose 8th District was recently redrawn to include the Margolin Hebrew Academy and its immediate surroundings, answered a series of questions which the AIPAC Club had sent him ahead of time ranging from the role his Christian faith plays in his support for the Jewish State to his views on the threat posed by Iran and the degree to which the American government ought to support the plight of ordinary Palestinians.

The 2nd term Congressman, who was accompanied by his wife and several staffers, told our kids how eye-opening it was for "a guy from Frog Jump, TN" to visit Israel two years ago together with a congressional delegation and how it transformed his support for Israel from being primarily faith-based to now being driven by the "the love of freedom" which Israel and America share.  He talked about the time he spent with Prime Minister Netanyahu and how he believes that the American government must allow the Prime Minister the latitude he needs to make the decisions that are in the best interest of Israel and the Israeli people.

When he finished answering the pre-selected questions, Representative Fincher opened the floor to spontaneous questions from our kids who were genuinely taken by his affability and down-to-earth style.  After over an hour of conversation, Rabbi Uriel Lubetski, our Upper School Principal, offered closing remarks and thanked the Congressman both for giving his time to us today and for giving Israel his unwavering support each and every day that he represents the 8th District of Tennessee in the nation's capital.

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