The 8th grade class participated in an incredible program this week, previewing a film that premiered at the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) Gala fundraiser on Monday and having the opportunity to speak with the film’s producers. The film follows two teenage boys—Jonathan, 18, and Izzy, 14—who travel with their father to Ukraine to the place where their grandfather fought with the partisans during World War II. The film really touched our students, as it is shown from the perspective of a 14 year old. One of our 8th graders noted, “I learned a lot about the partisans…I also learned a lot about how the Jews did, in fact, fight back. I think [this film] expands my knowledge. I learned with my heart."
Our 8th graders had the opportunity to not only speak with the boys, but also with Mitch Braff, the founder and executive director of JPEF. This film showing and discussion is a precursor to the Judaic studies unit on the Holocaust that our 8th graders will begin at the beginning of the second semester.
Click HERE to see a short preview of the film, Survival in the Forest: Isidore Karten and the Partisans.