From darkness to light…

April 26, 2018 | By

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wound remains. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

– Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Julie Golding, the Director of Education at the Amud Aish Holocaust Education Center explored with the students, the theme of resilience as it relates to Shoah. Using artifacts from the museum and from her family history, she facilitated an artistic exploration of resilience in each student’s family and personal history.

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of the past into a hope for the future.”

-Lewis B. Smedes


Working with historical artifacts, students reconstructed the experiences of Kindertransport children.

“How does one mourn for six million people who died? How many candles does one light? How many prayers does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude, their helplessness? They left us without a trace, and we are their trace.”

– Elie Wiesel

Ms. Rina Zerykier gave opening remarks, followed by Rabbi Ya’akov Trump’s recitation of Tehillim and Kel Maleh. The student program was thoughtful and moving.


“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all, if you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”

-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Students commemorated the resistance, devastation and resilience of Am Yisrael through song and dance.

“Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It is God that has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again. If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example. Who knows, it might even be our religion from which the world and all peoples learn good.”

– Anne Frank



Today, on Yom Hazikaron, faculty and students participated in a memorial program recalling members of Tzahal who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure and defend M’dinat Yisrael. The program included a Kel Maleh for the fallen soldiers and a Mi Shebeirach for the soldiers currently serving, led by Rabbi Feigenbaum, and Ani Ma’amin, sung by a student choir.


Students created a display for our participating group in The Yizkeirim Project. The wall features our block of 50 soldiers that Shulamith HS took upon themselves to memorialize. Each student adopted a soldier and committed to doing one act of Chessed in their memory.


Students then divided into smaller groups to analyze the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s film they viewed earlier. It spoke about three Israeli soldiers who were injured in combat. The soldiers in the film expressed how they cope with traumatic experiences from the stress of the battle, and how they strive to rebuild themselves.

SOMEHOW, in ways I don’t fully understand, the Jewish people has been touched by a power greater than ourselves, that has led our ancestors and contemporaries, time and again, to defy the normal parameters of history. Somehow heaven and earth met in the Jewish heart, lifting people to do what otherwise seemed impossible. Descartes said: I think, therefore I am. The Jewish axiom is different. Ani maamin. I believe, therefore I am.”

—Rabbi Jonathan Saks

It is precisely the stories that we tell, the moments that we share and the memories that we commemorate that instill us with the strength and determination to carry on our legacy.  Join us as we proudly say- yesterday, today and tomorrow,
Am Yisrael Chai.
—R Zerykier

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