The identity of a person, specifically children, is shaped in any of three ways:
1. Through the story of his personal and cultural history
2. The life he is currently living as shaped by his environment; including culture, family and social surroundings.
3. His hopes and dreams for the future.
The connection between one’s past, present and future is one that will carry him throughout life. The very fabric of this project is primarily to teach the students about the past history of their nation using the Menorah as a symbol, a symbol which has accompanied the Jews for two thousand years.
Starting from the Destruction of the Temple, the spiritual center for all nations, the students will learn about the events which have shaped the Jewish people over the years, culminating in the learning about the time period from the Holocaust to the establishment of the State of Israel and seeing the Menorah as a symbol of prosperity and rebirth. This is the connecting point for the students between the past and present.
Through learning about the past and present, the students will discover his personal story, and the story of his people. Through this program, the child will also be able to discover more about his identity.
The school sees the Jewish heritage of the past and present, the heritage of Israel, as fertile soil that nourishes the child and allows it to grow and flourish, in his responsibilities, opinions, recognizes his abilities, uniqueness and ability to affect the world. Project “Rebirth of the Menorah” leads this trend and allows the student to see himself both as a link in the chain of generations and a unique individual who shapes the future and the future of his people.
I wish to sincerely thank Mr. Jacob Rosenwasser, the artist who made his work and talents available, to aid in the product distribution and the accompanying piece.
I also wish to thank the Department of Education for the support in implementing the program in schools participating in the project.
Diti Prower, Principal of the Leah Goldberg School and writer of the project.