Current eighth-grade students and new students were eligible for the scholarships.
â€œToday is a wonderful first for our school â€" we are truly blessed to be recognizing our first Golda Och and Schechter Scholars,â€� said Upper School Principal Nancy Leaderman.
added, â€œIn creating these scholarships, our Board and administration have taken the core values of our school â€" academic excellence, commitment to Jewish study and tradition and the nurturance of the next generation of leaders in our Jewish community and world â€" and sought to embody those values in students who show remarkable promise and achievement.â€�
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Sala Garncarz Kirschner ended her
silence when, in preparation for triple by-pass surgery in1991, she
, a wallet full of letters.
Sala Garncarz Kirschner, (who turned 87in March 2011), survived the surgery and â€" finally - revealed her
wartime experiences to her
Sala was taken from her
home when she
was 16 and survived five years in seven different Nazi forced-labor camps.
Saving the letters she
eventually passed on to her
became inextricablylinked with saving her
The letters were not mere pieces of paper: they were the people she
loved,friends and family waiting for her
She risked her life to preserve the letters always managingsomehow to take them with her from camp to camp.
Sixth-graders Samuel Z. of Montclair and Joshua S. of West Orange peruse the Letters to Sala exhibit. Liberated in 1945, Sala came to the United States as a war bride, and hid her papers in a closet.
Fiveyears of her life were also hidden until the day she revealed the existence of more than 300 letters,photographs, and documents.
Salaâ€™s story is, above all, a story of life and one young womanâ€™s way of seeing beyond years of horror.From her letters, we learn about friendship and love, Jewish life in occupied Poland, Nazi labor camps,the intensely human need to rebuild life after the catastrophe of war, and the ability of words to give andsustain life.
Through the Elbaumâ€™s generosity, the exhibit, Letters to Sala, is on display in the lobby of Golda Och
Academy, (1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange), through Friday, May 27.