Yom HaShoah at CDS
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Yom HaShoahCDS Middle School honored victims of the Holocaust April 12

Yom HaShoah at CDS

Community Day School Middle School took part in the nationwide effort to honor victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by holding a Yom HaShoah commemoration on April 12.

From left: Eighth-grade student Liam Beresteanu, Keeping Tabs Sculpture patrons Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt, retired CDS Social Studies teacher  Bill Walter, and Rabbi Sam Feinsmith participate in the Yom HaShoah candle-lighting ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Community Day School)
From left: Eighth-grade student Liam Beresteanu, Keeping Tabs Sculpture patrons Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt, retired CDS Social Studies teacher Bill Walter, and Rabbi Sam Feinsmith participate in the Yom HaShoah candle-lighting ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Community Day School)

Led by Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher Jackie Goldblum, Community Day School Middle School took part in the nationwide effort to honor victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by holding a Yom HaShoah commemoration on Thursday, April 12 at the site of the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture.

First-grader Eli Eidinger and classmates explore the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture, as they learn why it is important to be an “upstander.” (Photo courtesy of Community Day School)
The moving event included student-led music, Hebrew prayer, lighting of remembrance candles by local Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as a flag-lowering ceremony. The theme was “The Power of Words,” focusing on the impact that words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Keynote speaker Rup Pokharel came to the United States as a refugee from Bhutan and is now a refugee and immigrant service coordinator for Jewish Family and Community Services. (Photo provided by Community Day School)
Seventh-grade students Gabriela Berger and Jonah Rosenberg play “Yizkor (Remember)” by Ayala Asherov. (Photo courtesy of Community Day School)
CDS grandparent and Holocaust survivor Adam Waks lights a candle in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. (Photo courtesy of Community Day School)
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