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8th Grade Blog                                                       November 15, 2017

We had our Jewish Family Education program tonight! The program began with some history about Germany in order to establish stronger background knowledge in order to participate in the debate. The parents and students were split into two groups and asked to contemplate the question: Should we forgive the German people for what they did, not only to the Jewish people, but to the world? The groups were given a few minutes to gather their own thoughts on paper and then they were asked to meet with their group and compile a list of points that they would be using to debate with. It was awesome to see how many people were willing to open up their minds and accept different perspectives. The discussion went very well overall and both groups had extremely interesting points to make. I was very impressed by the students who were so willing to represent the group by defending their side. The debate ended with a whole-group debrief with the following discussion questions: Did anyone find it difficult to argue their assigned stance because they disagreed with it? After hearing both sides of the arguments, did your initial opinion change?

Although we ran out of time and did not show the video we had planned on (click here for the link), I would really recommend taking the time to watch this video on your own or with your child. The video is about 15 minutes long and is about a Holocaust survivor who has forgiven what happened to her. It is a very moving video. Thanks again to those of you who joined us for the Jewish Family Education program!


Tue, September 18 2018 9 Tishrei 5779