April 21, 2017 | 25th of Nisan, 5777

Gearing Up for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut at MJDS

With Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut coming up, students and staff have started gearing up for a season of remembrance. The seventh and eighth graders have been working tirelessly to plan meaningful Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron ceremonies so that our school can honor the memories of those who died in the Shoah and those who sacrificed their lives for Israel.

According to Rabbi Donniel Hartman, these three holidays are the "High Holidays" of Israel. They reunite us as a Jewish people, as a nation.

At MJDS we strive to pass on the great responsibility of remembering and honoring the sacrifices and achievements of our people. Here are some of the ways that we will be marking these important holidays, both inside and outside of our school building:

Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m. - Come hear our talented Glee Club students perform at the community Yom HaShoah ceremony at the JCC. Here is a preview of our amazing talent getting ready for Sunday.

Monday, April 24, 10 a.m. - Our eighth graders will lead a meaningful tekes (ceremony) for younger students (fourth grade and up) to honor the memory of all who perished in the Holocaust. Parents and community members are invited to join us at MJDS.

Yom HaZikaron: Israel’s Day of Remembrance

Sunday, April 30, 6 p.m. - Come to the community Yom HaZikaron ceremony and hear our fourth and fifth graders sing a powerful song of remembrance with Glee Club students at the JCC.

Monday, May 1, 9 a.m. - Seventh graders will lead a special Yom HaZikaron ceremony in the beit midrash at MJDS for third through seventh graders. Parents and community members are invited to join us.

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israel’s Independence Day

Tuesday, May 2 – Throughout the day, our school will be celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut including a special Israeli lunch! In order to get their food, students will have to "purchase" each item at the Machane Yehuda Market, commonly called the “shuk."

Students will then pass through Safed, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea, learning something new about Israel at each destination. The day will end with a special Israeli song session!

Sunday, May 7, 4 – 6:30 p.m. – Show your support during Wisconsin’s largest celebration of Israel. Join other MJDS families in the two-mile solidarity Walk for Israel in the downtown area and continue the celebration with food, music and family friendly activities. Free shirt for participants! For more information and sign-up CLICK HERE.

Dress code: in order to create a special mood in the building, we encourage people to dress in black and white for Yom HaShoah (Monday, April 24) and Yom HaZikaron (Monday, May 1). Please wear any Israeli-themed gear and/or blue and white on Yom Ha'atzmaut (Tuesday, May 2).

Jodie Honigman

Jewish Life Coordinator

Mazal Tov to Holocaust Essay Winners!

The Holocaust Essay Contest is a program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, and is sponsored by the Habush Family Foundation. Each year hundreds of students in Wisconsin submit essays about a specific Holocaust topic. This year the two winners are MJDS eighth grade students Eden G. and Robert C. Mazal tov!

The two winners will be officially announced and presented on April 23, 2017 at the Day of Remembrance (Yom Hashoah) Commemoration, 3:00 PM, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.

Eden G.

A Woman Among Heroes

Home. So many things can stem from just this one word. Family, love, friends, food, shelter, water, peace, happiness, support, to name just a few. But, these are all things that many people during the Holocaust didn’t have. Though there were many enemies of the Jews, there were many heroes as well. One person in particular stood out to me. She risked her home and her life just to give it to others. This is her story.


Robert C.

What He Would’ve Wanted

Thirteen years ago, I was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, to an American father and a Dutch mother. The Holocaust split my background; one side has a rich history in the Dutch efforts to save others in the Netherlands, the other side moved out of their home in Lithuania years before the Holocaust. On my father’s side, there were few who died in the Holocaust. On my mother’s side, almost half of her family were killed by the Nazis or the Japanese. I would like to focus on the family on my mother’s side, particularly a man who was very dear to my heart and my mother’s heart, my great-grandfather. He survived the Holocaust, all the while saving and helping Jews escape the horrors that were occurring in the places where they were from. His life was an example of a selfless person in the Holocaust, and I strive to be like him every day.


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  • Condolences to the family of Judy Damico, grandmother of MJDS staff member Michelle Petrova and Anthony Damico, Karin Damico's husband. May her memory be for a blessing.
  • Condolences to the family of alumni parent Judy Dolnick, wife of alumni parent Stu Dolnick, mother of alumni Rachel and Mindy Dolnick, aunt of MJDS staff member Mara Kleiman and parent Hannah Sattler, and great-aunt of MJDS students Eva and Rebecca. May her memory be for a blessing.
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Quotes of the Week - 4/21/17

"MJDS gave us fifteen years of the most nurturing environment a parent could hope for, friends who will be in our family forever, a community that taught our children what it is to be a Jew in every sense of the word, an education that completely prepared our kids for high school and most importantly, a sense of confidence that will enable them to take on life with passion and certainty. Thank you MJDS!" #iloveMJDS
- Julie and Yoni Z., parents of eighth grade student and two alumni