Thanks to the Memphis Jewish Federation, our 7th through 12th graders had the opportunity to learn about the grim situation facing residents of Sderot straight from those who experience it everyday. The program began with this video (which was prefaced by the important note that the ideology expressed in the name of militant Islam is real and worthy of concern, although adhered to by only a minority of the world's Muslim population)
followed by short presentations by each of the Sderot residents who were finishing a national speaking tour. They spoke of the anxiety caused by the constant bombardment of some 30-40 rockets a day and the constant scramble to find shelter when the alarm sounds giving them 15 seconds to head for safety.
While the presentation sparked sympathy and empathy amongst our students, it also highlighted the resolve and determination of our brothers and sisters in Israel who lay down their lives on a daily basis to defend our land.