by Aviva Engel, Director of Communications
High School and Elementary students and faculty gathered this morning in separate tributes to mark Remembrance Day and honour the thousands of heroic men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect our country.
Elementary students learned about the day’s significance from their Grade 6 peers, who had prepared PowerPoint presentations under the guidance of Enrichment Teacher Lori Aronoff. Each class then participated in a special activity on the theme of remembrance.
Elementary School Ambassadors Nathaniel Benitah, Miriam Gelerman and Yaniv Dahan joined High School Student Council members at the City of Cote St. Luc’s Remembrance Day ceremony, where they expressed their gratitude to a number of veterans for their service.
The entire High School commemorated the events of Kristallnacht (November 9-10) before marking Remembrance Day at a moving assembly centered on the themes of silence in the face of hatred, and good citizenship.
The assembly was punctuated by readings, multimedia presentations – including a recitation of In Flanders Fields by Leonard Cohen, z”l – and tefilot for the welfare of the Canadian Government and for the safety of our Canadian soldiers. Student presenters included Aliza Cohen (9), Sarah Elkaim (11), Daniel Sternthal (8), Baruch Avigdor (7), Shirel Hadid (9), Meir Hersson-Edery (11).
Judaic Studies Department Head and Dean of Jewish Life Rabbi Shostak emphasized to the students that, “being a good citizen is an important part of being a good Jew. Being a good citizen and being a good Jew means showing appreciation for all the good that our country offers and never being silent in the face of hatred.”
All grades observed a moment of silence at 11:00 am.
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