FC: M | My Jewish Upbringing
1: Authors Statement: The Jewish community is a very welcoming, generous and caring neighborhood where everyone is connected. In my Jewish neighborhood, there are many families who have immigrated from a variety of countries around the world. The one thing that we all have in common is our individual connections to our strong Jewish identity. Since the destruction of many European Jewish communities during the years of the Holocaust, it has always been important to be proud of our religion. Almost seventy years have passed since the ending of the Holocaust and the Jewish traditions remain and are practiced. Interestingly enough, no matter what city or state you live in, what country your grandparents immigrated from or how religious you are now, tradition remains the same. My community has influenced my upbringing and the way in which I value family, friends and religion.
2: The People Behind My Jewish Upbringing
3: Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories and Love. Author Unknown
4: The Institutions
5: The influence of my community is what keeps our Jewish culture and traditions so strong. The Jewish community has always been a victim of hate. As I attended a private Jewish day school, I remember being shouted at by protesters that were discriminating against Israel. Rather that being cradled by our teachers, they told us to fight back with our beliefs and be proud of being a Jew. | Do not separate yourself from the community. -Hillel. Mishna: Avot 2.4
6: Celebrating Our Exodus | The holiday of Passover is celebrated as a commemoration of the liberation over 3,300 years ago by G-d from slavery in ancient Egypt. It commemorates the story of the Exodus where the Jewish people were freed.
8: Experiencing My Past | The March of the Living is an annual educational program which brings | students from around the world to Poland, where they explore the | remnants of the Holocaust. Thousands of participants march silently | from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp built.
10: March With Pride | My grandmother, her two sisters and her parents were selected to go to a death camp. They were marched through the town to a cattle train and she and her older sister were in one car and her parents and her younger sister were in another car. They spent a few weeks on the cattle train with little food and little water. There was a whole on the floor of the train that was designated as a toilet. While on the cattle train, my grandmother thought she was being taken to a work camp where she would be there with her complete family. When they arrived at the death camp, they knew they were in Auschwitz.
12: Yom Ha'atzmaut | Yom Ha'atzmaut is the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the government signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv.
13: The transformation from walking through the death camps to now dancing on the streets of Israel was incredible. Students from all over the world chose to celebrate and honor Israel's birthday. We yelled, waved and smiled as we marched through the old quarter of Jerusalem with pride.
14: Israel. Forever In My Heart
15: Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Ehad
16: Citations: Page 2: Top Right: Passport- Google Images Bottom Left: Big Pops- Lindsey Finkelstein Page 3: Top Right: Miss Diva- Lindsey Finkelstein Bottom Left: Forever My Bubby- Lindsey Finkelstein Page 4: Top Right: Final Days- Lindsey Finkelstein Bottom Left: Y Country Camp- Lindsey Finkelstein Page 5: Center: Bialik High School- Google Images Page 6: Bottom Left: Hagadah- Lindsey Finkelstein Bottom Right: Seder Plate- Lindsey Finkelstein Page 7: Top Left: Beyzeem- Lindsey Finkelstein Top Right: Matzot- Lindsey Finkelstein Bottom Left: Adahmah- Lindsey Finkelstein Bottom Right: Ready To Eat- Lindsey Finkelstein Page 8: Top Left; Auschwitz- Birkenau- Lindsey Finkelstein Top Right: Treblinka- Lindsey Finkelstein Bottom Center: Train Tracks- Lindsey Finkelstein Page 9: Full Page: This Is My Past- Written By: Lindsey Finkelstein
17: Citations Continued: Page 10: Top Right: Stand By You- Ari G. Bottom Left: Sad Eyes- Ari G. Page 11: Top Center: Family Forever- Ari G. Bottom Center: Were All In This Together- Ari. G Page 12: Top Right: In front Of The Kotel- Ari G. Bottom Right: Raise Your Flag- Lindsey Finkelstein Page 13: Top Center: Thankful For My Land- Ari G. Page 14: Center- Israel.- Forever In My Heart- Ari G. Page 15: Center- Am Israel Chai- Lindsey Finkelstein Scholarly Articles: Coates, M. (2011). Judaism and Montessori: American Montessori Society. Retrieved From: www.eric.ed.gov Ritterband, P., & Cohen, S. M. (1982). The Social Characteristics of the New York Area Jewish Community. Retrieved From: www.scholar.google.ca Friedman, Michelle L.; Friedlander, Myrna L.; Blustein, David L. (2005). Toward an Understanding of Jewish Identity: A Phenomenological Study. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 52(1), Jan 2005, 77-83. Retrieved From: www.psychnet.apa.org