Carmel Academy’s beaming first grade students received their first siddur in front of parents and guests at their Siddur Ceremony. This was a wonderful shehecheyanu moment. The school’s first graders worked hard throughout the year to reach this momentous occasion. They proudly led the audience in tefillah and, in a touching video, each described their favorite prayer. Each child’s parent inscribed the new siddurim with a personal message. The walls of the school’s auditorium were adorned with each student’s self-portrait holding their siddur and describing the prayer they like the most.