Junior Journey: Visiting Yad Vashem

Rabbi Dean Kertesz, Co-Dean of Students
The Juniors spent their day at Yad Vashem and Har Herzl, prompting many serious and powerful conversations.
Today was a serious and powerful day.
We spent the morning at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, in the hills of West Jerusalem. We divided into two groups. Those who had never been before or only once toured the museum, about two-thirds of our group, led by a Yad Vashem guide. The other group toured a number of the exhibits outside the museum: the Children's Memorial, the Korschak Memorial and the Resistance memorial. We had a long discussion about the what qualifies as resistance.
We recombined for lunch and together explored Har Herzl, Israel's national miltary cemetery. We visited the memorials for Holocaust Survivors who fell in Israel's War of Independence, the Victims of Terror, the Palmach Paratroopers who parachuted behind Nazi Lines during the Second World War and the graves of soldiers who fell in Israel's wars. At each memorial our guide shared personal stories to connect our students to the sacrifices of those memorialized.
To end such a heavy day we wet to the studios of Kol Ha'Ot, where students created a mosaic of Israel to process their feelings through art.
We ended the day with a delicious Jerusalem dinner and free time on Ben Yehuda Street.
Tomorrow is our last week day in Israel.
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