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VOL. 13 NO. 10                                                                           OCTOBER 2023

      Students Honor Children Who Perished in the Holocaust

         When students at the Omni Middle School in Boca                                                      “It was a truly heartfelt day,” Felice said. “What tears
      Raton returned for the new school year, they were greeted                                            at the heart are the individualized butterflies made by each
      by more than 300 ceramic butterflies painted in numerous                                             student, which truly portray the innocence and preciousness
      colors and styles now hanging on several walls in the                                                of each individual life that was lost. We thank the HLE for
      school’s main atrium.                                                                                taking this extra step in having the mural become part of
         The butterflies were created throughout the past school year                                      people’s lives.”
      by students as part of a year-long project offered by the School                                        The  butterflies at  Omni  Middle  School  are  among
      District of Palm Beach and the Holocaust Learning Experience                                         the thousands being created by the HLE with students at
      (HLE) presented by MorseLife Next Generations. This project                                          Palm Beach County public schools. Five thousand more
      was also created in partnership with NCSY, formerly known                                            are finding a home as part of The Gendelman Children’s
      as the National Conference of Synagogue Youth.                                                       Holocaust Memorial on the MorseLife campus in West Palm
         The colorful new additions to the school’s campus are                                             Beach. The painted ceramic butterflies will flutter in the
      part of The Butterfly Project in which ceramic butterflies are                                       wind once attached to the bronze memorial that takes the
      permanently displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with                                        form of a tree and rises 25 feet with a 28-foot-wide canopy.
                                                        the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world,      Groups will soon be able to schedule a personalized,
                                                        one for each child who perished in the Holocaust.   age-appropriate visit to The Holocaust Learning Experience
                                                           Students received a biography of a child lost in the   featuring The Gendelman Children’s Holocaust Memorial.
                                                        Holocaust with each butterfly they were given to paint. The   These visits will be led by HLE Ambassadors and children
                                                        butterflies now serve as a reminder of the lessons of the   of Holocaust survivors. The memorial hopes to remind us
                                                        Holocaust to stand up against bigotry and hate wherever   of our shared humanity and inspire us to share the lessons
                                                        it exists.                                         of the past if we aspire to create a more peaceful future.
                                                           The Butterfly mural was unveiled in June by Omni
                                                        Middle School principal Nikkia Deluz, artists Dan Barnett
                                                        and Denise Felice, Omni Middle School art teacher Marysalis   Beth Am Holds
                                                        Hernandez, and MorseLife Director of Jewish Life Rabbi Erica
      Volunteers Prepare,                                                                                   Annual Sunrise

      Deliver Meals to Those in Need                                                                        Service

                                                                                                               To kick off the month of Elul, Temple Beth Am held
         Nearly 2,000 vulnerable homebound seniors, Holocaust                                               a special sunrise service at Juno Beach Pier. Attendees
      survivors, and community members struggling with crisis                                               enjoyed a short service, music and prayer, the first shofar
      enjoyed a warm Rosh Hashanah meal thanks to hundreds                                                  blowing of the season, and a beautiful sunrise together.
      of volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach                                                The  service  was  led  by  Rabbi Alon  Levkovitz  and
      County’s Dorothy & Sidney Kohl Jewish Volunteer Center                                                Cantorial Soloist Marcy Morris.
      (JVC).  In  partnership  with  MorseLife’s  Homebound

                                                        Mitzvah Program, Alpert Jewish Family Service, and The
                                                        Kind  Kitchen  of  Palm  Beach,  volunteers  prepared  and
                                                        delivered meals throughout the Palm Beaches to ensure
                                                        those who need it most could enjoy a meaningful New Year.
                                                           The annual volunteer initiative through the Kohl JVC
                                                                                 continues  to  expand  each
                                                                                 year, in addition to a myriad
                                                                                 of local volunteer programs
                                                                                 including  supporting
                                                                                 literacy in schools and
                                                                                 volunteer-matching, as well
                                                                                 as  a  series  of  community-
                                                                                 wide  signature  programs
                                                                                 — including 8  Ways of

                                                                                 Volunteers Prepare on page 2
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