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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Chaya Leah Sufrin

Thursday, 19 November, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Museum of Tolerance

On Thursday, November 12, the 9-12 grade students went on a trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. This museum visit was arranged in conjunction with our year-long study of the Holocaust. The students were led on a tour of the museum and were able to visit  the Tolerance section, as well as the Holocaust section. The tour guide, provided by the Museum, commented on how well spoken our students were and how much information they already knew.

In the Tolerance section, the girls experienced firsthand what discrimination and prejudice feels like. They were shown many examples of hate speech and hate crimes, and how quickly bad things can escalate when not dealt with properly. The students learned about the 4 characters that can be involved in a conflict; the bully, the victim, the bystander, and the ally. Many of the students found this part very powerful as they themselves could identify with these characters.

The Holocaust section was emotional and informative at the same time. Some students expressed dismay at the level of destruction brought on the Jews of Europe. As one student put it, “As many Holocaust books as I’ve read, it’s always so hard to see the pictures and videos of real people.” One student expressed a frustration that so many teens around the country don’t know or care about this terrible atrocity.  Students received a passport of a child who was a victim of the Holocaust, and as they traveled through the museum, they stopped at various points and learned more about the fate of these children.  One student shared with her teacher,  “ I had Ruth Moses. She was an amazing kid and went through a really traumatic experience.The Germans deported 16,000 German Jews to the ghetto in the city of Riga. Ruth was one of those 16,000 Jews.  In November the Jews in the ghetto were either put into enclosed gas vans or sent to death camps where they were worked to death.No one knows what happened to Ruth after she was sent to Riga”.  

After an intense museum visit, the girls were able to have a quick lunch at Nagillah Pizza and make it back to school in time for pick up. High School Jewish History teacher, Chaya Leah Sufrin said of the field trip, “I always see a change in the students after the visit to the Museum of Tolerance. Perhaps it’s the visual proof of what happened, or the incredible way the information is displayed, but my students always come back with a more mature outlook on the Holocaust and a deep desire to know more about the destruction of European Jewry.”

 Mrs. Chaya Leah Sufrin 

Comments on: Upper School Corner - Mrs. Chaya Leah Sufrin

Tuvia Pinchas HaKohain Tatik wrote...

I want to applaud you for taking the girls and my daughter to this trip. it is important to know of our current jewish history - pleasant or horrific- with knowledge and will power we can change the future for the better - for all humanity.
Mr. Tatik