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A Maccabee Moment at RASG Hebrew Academy

Posted by: Deborah Fishman

December 4, 2018

Working in a Jewish day school, you are surrounded by modern-day Maccabees whose heroic actions lead to miracles — big and small — all the time. During Chanukah, AVI CHAI and Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools are featuring stories from Jewish day schools of “Maccabee moments” when students, teachers, and leaders made a difference to surmount challenges, beat the odds, and valiantly further Jewish values and actions in our community. Together we will read them and say “Nes Gadol Haya PO!” Chag Urim Sameach!
A Maccabee Moment at Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami, Florida
Our high school students all came together after the Parkland shooting in solidarity with our Florida neighbors. It was a time that really hit close to home and made a serious impression on all of us. The students rallied together and decided that we needed to do something as a school. They themselves created a long-sleeve tee-shirt saying “Douglas Strong” and Hebrew Academy and sold them to the entire student body. Every single student in the school purchased a shirt and all proceeds went to the Chabad of Parkland. We then had an assembly with Meadow Pollack’s father on speakerphone (because he was at the White House and could not come) telling kids the importance of voting and gun control. We lit a candle for each of the victims and had student speakers that created their own pieces that were read aloud during the assembly. They were from the heart and extremely moving pieces. We had a moment of silence as well. This was all student-initiated and student-run. It was a proud moment for me as an assistant principal of The Hebrew Academy High School.
Submitted by Dr. Dara Lieber, Assistant Principal, Hebrew Academy High School (RASG).

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