On March 14th, as students across the nation grappled with their desire to be heard surrounding the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Carmel Academy’s Middle School students honored the victims and joined the national conversation.
Carmel Academy’s students took the opportunity to find empowerment through study, discussion and remembrance. Together, students and faculty studied Jewish text, which sparked deep discussions about issues surrounding life, choices and responsibility toward fellow humans. They also read and discussed a summary of research on gun policies and their effects, explored gun violence statistics and engaged in discussions that focused on finding areas of agreement among all people and how to address this issue. As a culminating activity, each student wrote their own thoughts on what they personally or as a community can do to address gun violence in America.
Carmel Academy’s Rabbi-in-Residence Rabbi Jordan Soffer began the program by telling the students: “The Torah demands action, our conscience demands action, I need to take action. Today we will start with what may seem like a small action, but can truly have a major impact.”
He continued, “The Gemara asks, ‘What is more important, study or action?’ We learn that study is, because study leads to action. So we are starting with study, and that has to lead us to action.”