First-grade pupils attend the first day of a school in Jerusalem on September 2.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
The school year in Israel starts in September. It comes at the end of a full two-month holiday at the height of summer, so it’s safe to say by the time that first school bell rings, parents and even pupils are ready to get back into some form of educational and extramural routine. On the first Sunday of the school year, a group of moms in the Ra’anana area where we live even suggested a celebratory coffee-stop on the way to work, to mark the long awaited resumption of some form of planned schedule in our children’s lives.