Inside Heschel High
Heschel High School hosted Pluralism at Work: Prayer at the Heschel School. Participants attended different tefillah (prayer) services for shacharit (morning prayers) which was followed by a discussion about the rewards and challenges of teaching tefillah in a pluralistic setting, facilitated by Rabbi Dahlia Kronish, the Director of Jewish and Student Life for Heschel High School.
The High School held its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program with a focus on incarceration and criminal justice. Guest speaker Kempis Songster addressed the High School community and then led a session with a Grade 10 Social Studies class. Kempis Songster was imprisoned in 1987 at the age of 15 for murder. Despite his age, he was certified as an adult, convicted of first-degree murder, and received a mandatory life sentence without parole.
The High School Interfaith Club welcomed guest speaker Detective Muhammad Amen from NYPD Community Affairs. Detective Amen spoke about different ways he and his team works to develop and strengthen relationships between people of different faiths in New York City.
Grade 12 students visited Kindergarten classes to read books and play hanukkah games with the children.