Lower Division. On Thursday, April 12, the third- and fourth-graders of Shulamith School for Girls took part in a Yom HaShoah commemoration. In addition to lighting candles in memory of the kedoshim, the students participated in meaningful presentations. The third-graders put on a play about the Bamberger family saving a sefer Torah on Kristallnacht, as well as a skit about Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, the Ponovezher Rav, zt’l, who saved orphaned Jewish children from Catholic orphanages after the close of World War II. One fourth-grade class sang “Ani Ma’amin,” while the others sang “Keili, Keili,” written by Hannah Senesh.
Mrs. Paula Friedman, a survivor of Auschwitz, shared her story with the students. Before Mrs. Friedman’s departure, Morah Penina Deutsch, third-grade teacher and coordinator of the Yom HaShoah program, presented her with a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation from the Shulamith Lower Division.
Middle Division. On Thursday, April 12, students, teachers, and parents of Shulamith Middle Division gathered for their annual Yom HaShoah commemoration. The event began with a recitation of Tehillim led by G.O. president Adina Adelman, and opening remarks by Mrs. Rookie Billet, principal. In keeping with the solemn nature of the day, six yahrzeit candles were lit in memory of the six million kedoshim.
The commemoration continued with a choir performance by seventh-graders and a video in which Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offered a cogent explanation of anti-Semitism through the ages.
The culmination of this year’s commemoration was an address by Mrs. Bronia Brandman, a survivor of Auschwitz and author of The Girl Who Survived. The audience was riveted as Mrs. Brandman explained all that she lived through and spoke of her beloved family members who were among the kedoshim. She showed photos of her family and maps of the area in which she lived, and eloquently and forcefully expressed her belief in Hashem and her love for the land of Israel.
The ceremony concluded with the reading of Keil Maleh and the singing of “Hatikva.”