In 2016, 180 books of Rena’s Promise, by Heather Dune Macadam, was sent to JFS and read by the year 9 + students. This was set up by Yad Vashem UK Foundation, together with Simon Rinkoff and the English Department.
Heather presented to the Year 9 – 13 assembly which was then followed by a workshop for around 35 students during lunch, which was donated by Yad Vashem UK Foundation, where the children were encouraged to ask Heather questions about the book and her reasons for writing it. They all were then asked to create their own creative writing piece, some of which were then read out to the group.
The aim of this event was to publicise Yad Vashem, both in Israel and here in the UK, encourage the students to read related literature and to promote discussions on this topic in an informative yet relaxed environment.
The event was a huge success.