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CBK Students Visit Holocaust Awareness Museum At Keneseth Israel

image of stick figure papers(Jan. 31, 2024) CBK students visited the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC) at Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park on Tuesday morning. To understand the full impact of how many Jewish people died in the Holocaust, students participated in the stick figure activity, led by former EP teacher and current HAMEC Program and Outreach Director, Lise Marlowe. 

Students were instructed to draw as many stick figures as possible in five minutes in rows of 20. At the end of the five minutes, the group of 25 students drew around 3,000 stick figures. They were then asked, “How long do you think it would take to draw six million stick figures?” To which students shouted various answers. 

They were then divided into 15 pairs and handed a stack of papers. Each paper was collected over the course of the past 27 years and consisted of hundreds of stick figures each. Students laid down each sheet of paper to get a visual of how many people participated in this project. By the end of the activity, the entire floor was covered with papers. Even with the entire floor covered, there still was only a fraction of victims represented. Realistically, the papers only represented the children who died in the Holocaust, which equates to only 25% of victims.

In addition, Keneseth Israel Rabbi Ben David shared with students the incredible story of his grandmother’s story as a Holocaust survivor and showed the scholars a Torah that survived the Holocaust. Cantor Amy Levy also spoke about the work she does to support the Cheltenham community with her Champions for Cheltenham service program.