“Names, Not Numbers” at BMA
We are excited to announce the “Names, Not Numbers” program with our 8th graders kicked off yesterday. In a traditional Middle School classroom, students learn about the Holocaust through textbooks, lectures, or documentary footage of individuals they will never meet. In contrast, the “Names, Not Numbers” curriculum, which has been implemented at select Jewish day schools nationwide, transforms traditional history lessons into a lively, interactive, nontraditional program that involves individuals who have actually lived through the history being taught. “Names, Not Numbers” is a one of a kind curriculum which bequeaths the memories, stories, and lessons of the Holocaust to students and inspires future generations to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred and intolerance. BMA is honored to be one of the select schools participating in the program for the third time. This comprehensive, multidisciplinary curriculum combines research and lessons in video production, interviewing techniques, and film editing. The project will culminate with a professionally produced documentary that will tell the survivors’ story and capture the impactful journey of our 8th grade students.