High schools in the Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem network used the 24th anniversary of the death of Yitzhak Rabin as a day of remembrance, reflection and discussion. Here are a few examples:
Re’ut High School
“Where were you when Rabin was murdered?” was the question addressed by a student-faculty panel on Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day, November 10th, at SAE’s Re’ut School in Jerusalem.
The school’s educational staff participated in the panel, led by 10th grade students. “The idea,” explained Noam Gesundheit, a Re’ut teacher, “was to bring this bloody open wound experience closer to our students through our personal experience as people who have experienced this awful moment about all the meanings, personal contexts, and where it took us.
“It is of the utmost importance to us,” Gesundheit said, “that our students hear us in these contexts and not just in the subjects we teach or in our regular teaching roles with them.”
Boyar High School
For the 24th year students at pluralistic Boyer High School marked Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day in a joint ceremony with neighboring Himmelfarb High School, a religious school, in Jerusalem.
12th grade students from the two schools collaborated to write and present the ceremony. This shared expoerience renews and re-energizes the students and their institutions each year. After the formal ceremony students participated in joint workshops.
Dror High School in Jerusalem used Prime Minister’s Rabin statement – “Because we are brothers, we are” – as the subject for discussion circles and study on Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day, November 10, 2019.
Principal Roni Hazon Weiss published an opinion piece in the Jerusalem weekly Kol Ha’ir about the importance of the day and of vigorous discussion about it’s significance. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Our thinking should be how to make this day meaningful and relevant not only for our students but also for the educational staff. What did one of the teachers tell me? I was six months old when Rabin was murdered. While I have an answer to where I was when Rabin was murdered, the years go on and today 24 years after the murder, it seems to me important that we ask ourselves how to mark the day in a way that is relevant, effective and practical for the entire school community.
“We do not have to agree or disagree with Rabin the man, but we must not ignore the murder and mark the Memorial Day in any way that is significant. For example, some have today fixed a fast, some indicate through learning and there are meetings and discussions.
“This is the fourth year that we will be conducting discourse circles at Dror High School, which will lead a variety of women and people from Israeli society on issues related to solidarity, choice, creativity, and doing good.”
Read the full text of Principal Weiss’ article here.