Sunday, June 12, was a meaningful and inspirational day for graduates at Bnos Malka Academy. There was a culminating brunch and video premiere for the program Names, Not Numbers©: an interactive, multi-media Holocaust project created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg.
The brunch facilitated beautiful intergenerational connections where students, the interviewers, and their families, sat with survivors, the interviewees. Together they watched the documentary, created by the students. Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, students at Bnos Malka took the necessary steps to create this incredible masterpiece. They learned about the Holocaust and created a professional film, which will be archived in museums and universities. Having the opportunity to connect to past generations and perpetuate their memory is something that these students will never forget. The lessons learned of emunah, bitachon, and hope will stay with them for many years to come.
Bnos Malka Academy Executive Director Michael Salzbank remarked, “The presentation this year was particularly poignant. One of the survivors, Mrs. Pike-Rubin, unfortunately passed away on Pesach, just a few weeks after her interview. It just highlights the urgency this program has, as each year the number of survivors dwindles. It was quite emotional as her children and grandchildren joined us.” The Names, Not Numbers© Program is generously supported by a prominent national foundation.