What an awesome day we had yesterday!! Rather than try to recap the amazing trip that 21 of our 10th graders experienced, I’ll let Rabbi Miles’ words to his fellow rabbi/teachers give you an idea of what transpired yesterday:
I just landed from our 10th grade Philadelphia trip.
Be proud! Be VERY proud!
Our 10th graders were polite, on time, on task and completely engaged. The Rabbi at Mikveh Israel and both docents at the National Museum of American Jewish History were thrilled by the knowledge of our students and the depth of their questions.
Justin Smith and Nemmie Stieha were great chaperones; wise and adept beyond their years.
I kvelled with nachas and am thrilled to share it with you.
Our HSJS is truly performing its sacred mission.
And as if that weren’t enough to give you an idea of the transformational Jewish experiences we’re creating, the “in town” students were moved and transfixed by the play, And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. I doubt I was the only one moved to tears. We followed the play with a smart and insightful discussion and group activity which helped them continue to process what they’d experienced.
Thank you for the privilege of teaching your children—and pat yourselves on the back for raising such great Jewish kids!