Tuesday, March 6, 2012

KSA 8th Grade Reflections from Israel

When our 8th graders returned from their trip to Israel, they wrote beautiful reflective essays on their experience for our Humanities class.  Students chose one significant moment to reflect upon, while considering questions such as:

  • What did I learn about myself in this moment?
  • How did this moment help me to fee more connected to or more aware of my Jewish identity? 
  • How did this moment help me to feel more connected to Israel, or what it means to be Jewish and part of a people?  
Each student chose his or her own moment to reflect upon.  The moments they chose included experiences that were beautiful, heartbreaking, life changing and humorous; yet, all were poignant and full of meaning. Students wrote about: stepping on Israeli soil, praying at the Kotel, shopping at the shook, splashing in the Mediterranean, connecting with the Ironi Gimmel students, climbing Masada, becoming a community with their classmates, and experiencing the Children's Memorial at Yad Vashem.  I loved reading each and every reflection.  Over the next few days, we will be posting some of these reflections for you to enjoy, so check back each day!

Lori Novick
8th Grade Humanities Teacher/LA Department Chair

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