The teaching of the Holocaust to CCJDS’s 5-8th grade students holds three main objectives. First, students learn the history of the event. Second, they remember the victims (ZACHOR). Our third objective is to examine how the events of the Holocaust relate to the students personally, in their lives and communities today. Students personalize and internalize the events and this experience takes an important part in the modeling of their identity. We work to achieve all of these objectives by fostering interactive and dynamic cross-curricular study, including Judaic Studies, Language Arts and World History. The study culminates in our school wide observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, student submissions to the Henry Ramek z”l Holocaust essay writing competition and the 8th grade trip to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem as part of their class trip to Israel.