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10th-11th Grade Blog                                             November 15, 2017

During class this week, we held a Jewish Family Education night for 8th-12th grade students and parents. We began with a mini-lecture pertaining to the German people and their role in both world wars. Afterward we held a debate focusing on whether or not the German people should be blamed for the atrocities carried out by the Nazi regime. Afterwards, we held a brief discussion, where it was unanimously decided that while we should forgive modern Germany to make way for a peaceful world, it is our duty to remember these atrocities and never forget those we lost. Attached are links to two videos - Click here for the first one, a Holocaust survivor speaking about forgiving the German people, and click here for the second one, a visual called The Fallen of World War II that portrays statistics pertaining to the Second World War. 


10th-11th Grade Blog                                      October 18, 2017

This week we shared our families' traditions. To no one's surprise, we talked a lot about food and services! We talked about the impact of these traditions, how they shape who we are as Jews. Lastly we listened to the song "Tradition" from Fiddler On the Roof and discussed our initial reactions and lyrics that stuck out.


10th/11th Grade                                                   September 27, 2017

This week we wrote about and shared what we know about our family heritage. We discussed our names and what they mean, as well as how many Jewish families got their last names. Each student created an identity circle to connect how our family's heritage shapes our personal identities. We ended with a discussion on the ethical dilemma of the day, which was:
A friend has a rooftop party and it's all decked out and you accidentally knock a fancy vase off the side. Some students just got out of baseball practice and are walking by just as the vase falls and one of them hits it with their bat and it shatters. Who is responsible for the broken vase?


10th/11th Grade                                                   September 13, 2017

This week we discussed the five themes presented in “I am Jewish.” We also learned about who Daniel Pearl was and the impact his life, and his death, had on the world and the Jewish people. We discussed Daniel Pearl’s last words and their significance and watched a video made by Pearl’s parents on the 5-year anniversary of his death. We ended the class with a discussion on the ethical dilemma of the day!


10th/11th Grade                                                September 6, 2017

It was so exciting to meet everyone! We spent the first class getting to know each other and our backgrounds, Jewish and otherwise. We began to establish a classroom community through activities that helped us bond over similarities and celebrate our differences.


Tue, September 18 2018 9 Tishrei 5779