From Yom Hashoah to Jump-a-Thon
Yesterday, we rejoiced in the fun and excitement that is Jump-a-Thon! We are grateful to the many parents who came out to cheer our students on and for all of your generosity in supporting our school and your children. As you probably know by now, the Jump-a-Thon proceeds will benefit the development of a very important space in a Jewish day school. Although this will be no ordinary space, the new Judaic Studies lab is symbolic of so much of who we are at Adat Ari El Day School. It also represents a commitment on the part of our leadership, as well as all of you, to build a space that embraces the love and life of Judaism, Israel, and our tradition.
It is pretty fortuitous that Jump-a-Thon came at the end of a week that was much more solemn. On Monday, we commemorated Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – vowing to never forget the millions of lives lost in the shoah. It is hard to imagine a time when Jews were forbid from having a home of their own, or even to identify as Jewish without the fear of persecution. But on this day, our 4th-6th graders remembered, lit candles, prayed, and reflected in nature – doing what Jews before them could not and honoring their memory.
So today, as we reminisce about yesterday’s fun and what the fruits of our students’ labor will produce, we also remember and are grateful for the ability to freely develop a place exclusively for celebrating and being Jewish. As Anne Frank so poignantly wrote, “Go outside…amidst the simple beauty of nature…and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” I can only hope that our new Judaic Studies Lab will be a shining light for our students, our community, and Jews around the world.