YOSS Eighth Grade Visits Amud Aish Memorial Museum

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On Tuesday, February 14, the eighth grade at Yeshiva of South Shore traveled to the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn. Amud Aish is a living memorial to all the victims of the Holocaust. The trip was of importance to the boys for it allowed them to engage in a hands-on learning experience through historical artifacts, documents, and personal testimony from survivors. The museum also focuses on the role of faith and identity within the broader context of the annihilation of European Jewry.

Rabbi Yisrael Munk, eighth-grade rebbe at the yeshiva, has incorporated the lessons of the Holocaust into his own curriculum. Recently, the boys in his shiur listened to the testimony that his own grandmother gave as she grew up as a child during the war years. The boys were left with a vivid message of the reality of the Holocaust, and the loss of past and future generations that would have ensued, while at the same time witnessing the rebirth of our nation worldwide, particularly in the United States and Israel.

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Rabbi Sholom Friedmann

Rabbi Sholom Friedmann is a Talmid of Rabbi Leib Bakst זצ"ל, of Yeshivas Ateres Mordechai, Detroit, Michigan. After learning in the yeshivah and kollel, Rabbi Friedmann moved to the British colony of Gibraltar and studied in the Gateshead Kollel for three more years, at which time he received rabbinical ordination. From there, Rabbi Friedmann moved to London, England. In London, Rabbi Friedmann taught in the Menorah Grammar School, and was appointed the communal Rov of Kehilas Kol Yaakov, Edgware, London. Rabbi Friedmann was awarded Qualified Teaching Status by the British Board of Education in 2002, and a diploma in educational psychology by the Tavistock clinic (London) in 2006. In 2005, Rabbi Friedmann was accepted as a Fellow in Holocaust Education by the prestigious Imperial War Museum, London. Rabbi Friedmann relocated to New York in 2008 to become the Director of Zechor Yemos Olam, the Holocaust education division of Torah Umesorah. While occupying that position, Rabbi Friedmann created teaching materials, videos, and teacher training programs, including the ZYO Holocaust education fellowship program. In April 2012, Rabbi Friedmann was appointed as the director of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum. The museum founded by Elly Kleinman will carry on the legacy of holocaust history. For more info about when it is expected to open read this article.

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