Our Artist-in-Residence, Ariel Burger, Collaborates with 8th-Graders and Speaks to Community

Our Artist-in-Residence, Ariel Burger, Collaborates with 8th-Graders and Speaks to Community
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Dr. Jeff Ellison, 8th-Grade History Teacher

Memory will last a lifetime and beyond. Last Monday evening, 8th-grade parents and students participated in the 3rd annual parent/student book club. What made the book club so extraordinary was the presence of our artist-in-residence, Dr. Ariel Burger. The focus of the book club concerned Elie Wiesel's memoir Night and the first chapter of Burger's book entitled Witness. Professor Burger served as Elie Wiesel's teaching assistant at Boston University for 26 years and was a lifelong friend and confidant of Dr. Wiesel.

While Dr. Burger went from table to table listening to the discussions, students and their parents wrestled with difficult and complex questions about Night around the themes of memory, doubt and faith, bearing witness and the limitations of language. At the end of the evening, he presented an overview of the importance of Dr. Wiesel's life and its application to our students' lives. 

The following morning Dr. Burger gave a talk to the parent community about Dr. Wiesel and his book and then opened up questions and answers to the audience. Following the lecture, he met with 8th-grade students in four one-hour sessions. The topics included an introduction to Hasidism and Wiesel's view of activism. Night and Day became a whirlwind of learning for the 8th-grade team, students and parents alike. The message of Dr. Wiesel was transmitted to our children's generation, and hopefully, dor va dor.  

   

 

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