This week JFS marked Yom HaShoah with solemnity. Years 7, 8 and 9 each had their own assemblies focusing on what we must learn from the Shoah in order to make the world a better place and prevent future prejudice and tragedy. Our Banot Sherut put in a huge amount of work to make the ceremonies meaningful and to get students involved with reading out statements and lighting memorial candles. A massive thank you must also go to the Year 12 students who shared their insights from the recent Poland trip with younger students.
Year 10 students were privileged to hear from Josef Lewkowicz, a survivor of six concentration camps as well as a Nazi hunter. His story left our students most inspired.
Rabbi Andrew Shaw of Mizrachi, accompanied by Chazzan Jonny Turgel, gave their ‘From Grief to Hope’ presentation to our Year 12 cohort filled with moving stories, wonderful music and thought provoking questions.