On Monday, we had the pleasure of participating in a program with Bar and Noam our Shinshinim. They led us through a game of Jeopardy with trivia about Israel. We look forward to learning more from our Israeli emissaries throughout the year.
In the second hour, the Grade seven classes came together to learn with Geri Durbin. Geri introduced our unit on Holocaust education with a short video. Students considered the ways in which a person defines their identity, and then heard about some of the ways in which the Nazis attempted to systematically dehumanize the Jews in Europe. Further the students considered the responsibilities of the international community by learning about the famous story of the MS St. Louis which carried 908 Jewish refugees from Europe in 1939 and was denied entry in Cuba, the United States and Canada. This story really resonated with students who today are themselves wondering about our responsibilities to other refugees from other nations.