Months of collaboration, hard work and creative planning by Hebrew Academy faculty, staff and students came to fruition on Wednesday night, at the Elementary School’s first-ever school-wide exhibition From Generation to Generation. Open to students’ extended families and friends, the trilingual, cross-curricular exhibit represented the culmination of hours of research, study and innovative work on the impact of generations past, present and future.
“We chose the theme ‘From Generation to Generation’ as it provided us with the opportunity to celebrate our students’ legacies as part of their own families as well as part of our Hebrew Academy family,” said Director of French Studies and Academics Miriam Schrager. “The exhibit was a celebration of our students’ identities which have been developed and nurtured over many generations.”
The exhibition’s timing aptly coincided with Pesach, a holiday where the theme of generations is central.
“We learn from our past to live in the present and to teach for the future,” said Director Judaic Studies Jordana Levy. “Our generational exhibition displayed timeless and precious gems from our eternal Torah, our rich Mesorah and our cherished family lessons, values and artifacts.”
Highlights of the multimedia event included displays by all classes from Kindergarten to Grade 6 exploring family traditions, cherished objects and recipes, a timeline of Jewish history, biographies on global influencers, inventions, time capsules, family albums, superheroes of the future, inspirational family members, proverbs that have stood the test of time, and the toponymy of streets in Côte-Saint-Luc, among others exhibits.
“The school-wide exhibition was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to collaborate and share their individual expertise to assist one another,” said English Studies and Technology Integration Coordinator Elyse Haber.
Elementary School Principal Shauna Joyce agreed. “A collaborative project like the exhibit allows us to celebrate all that we do as a school community. It is an opportunity for students, faculty and parents to be proud of our school and of all of the valuable learning that takes place throughout the year. This evening is a culmination of countless of hours of dedication, commitment and enthusiasm on the part of our faculty!”
Myriad visitors entering the exhibit literally gasped in awe at the beauty and vibrancy of the presentations. From life-size street signs and an elegant Seder Table, to an enormous family tree and a giant hand-sewn quilt, the displays reflected hours of meticulous planning, organization and design on the part of all presenters.
“Mazal tov to all the students and staff on their hard work and the wonderful results,” wrote Hebrew Academy grandparent Miriam Safran in an email to the school. “What a great accomplishment. You should all be very proud. The room was a masterpiece, a historical museum.”
Hebrew Academy parent Philippe Levy shared similar sentiments on Hebrew Academy’s Facebook page.
“The effort and attention to detail made by the teachers for the presentation of this exhibition was outstanding,” he commented. “Not to mention all of the wonderful creations the kids prepared. Big Hazak to all involved!”
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