Remembering Not to Forget
Gesher (grades 4-5) commemorated Yom Hashoah with a series of discussions and activities leading up to a moving outdoor memorial service. Judaic Studies teacher Limor Shefer set the tone by reading “Remember Not to Forget: A Memory of the Holocaust,” by Norman H. Finkelstein. The story especially resonated with the students because it is written by the grandfather of one of their classmates. The class discussed Anne Frank, listened to the song “The Last Butterfly,” and then created their own butterflies decorated with quotes reflecting the importance of kindness. Finally, the class moved outside for a commemoration ceremony, lighting a yahrzeit candle and sharing their kindness quotes with their peers before standing for a moment of silence. “It was an emotional day, very meaningful to the students,” Limor noted.
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