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Grade 11 Devotes Day to Hesed, Tzedek, and Interfaith Dialogue

Grade 11 devoted a day to hesed, tzedek, and interfaith dialogue, learning about both the events and repercussions of September 11. In addition to the educational piece of the program, another goal of the day was to broaden the sense of what a day committed to service and justice could be. The students visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum where they studied artifacts related to the day, and then the 9/11 Tribute Museum where they were given a tour of the memorial by the son of a first responder who perished on 9/11. After returning to school, author and activist Sabeeha Rehman spoke to the grade about Islamophobia, the way the world changed for American Muslims after 9/11, and how interfaith dialogue can advance our society. The grade then split into groups to reflect on the day and consider new ways hesed and tzedek could be defined, and how to put them into action.