Together We Remember the Holocaust

Students in grades 6-8 on their Zoom virtual call on Sunday, April 19.

 

 

 

 


Never Forget – Never Again

by Rabbi Tina Sobo

Coronavirus didn’t keep our students from learning together!  After our originally-scheduled weeks of Spring Break it was wonderful to “see” all of our students virtually.  As commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, there was a bit of disappointment among the middle school students that they wouldn’t be able to share their Yom HaShoah service with the school.  However, they were still able to engage in a meaningful conversation about the Holocaust and why this specific date was chosen.  Over the coming week, students will be engaging in a reflection on two poems and writing their own.  

One text we considered in class was the famous words spoken by Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

One of the reasons the students felt the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was chosen for Yom HaShoah was that it represents Jewish strength and a willingness to stand up to forces that act against the good of the world.  I look forward to sharing more of their insights and encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on the power of this day and how you can speak out against evil forces in our modern world to make “Never Again” a reality in our time.

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