A Lesson on Hanukkah Comes to Palm Crest Ahead of Holiday

Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Gal Kessler Rohs and her daughter Libby educate Palm Crest Elementary School students about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Gal Kessler Rohs and her daughter Libby educate Palm Crest Elementary School students about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Gal Kessler Rohs, a La Cañada Unified School District parent and education director for Temple Beth David Religious School, helped bring Hanukkah to life for some Palm Crest Elementary School students on Wednesday with the help of dreidels, a menorah and some jelly doughnuts. Continue reading “A Lesson on Hanukkah Comes to Palm Crest Ahead of Holiday”

Holocaust Survivors’ Plea to Students: Remember Our Stories

Photo courtesy of Jarrett Gold Gal Kessler Rohs, an LCHS parent and education director for Temple Beth David Religious School, Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel, LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold and Holocaust survivor Leon Prochnik spoke at an LCHS program about Holocaust trauma and tragedy.
Photo courtesy of Jarrett Gold
Gal Kessler Rohs, an LCHS parent and education director for Temple Beth David Religious School, Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel, LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold and Holocaust survivor Leon Prochnik spoke at an LCHS program about Holocaust trauma and tragedy.

Pleading with their audience not to forget the horrors inflicted by Nazis during the World War II era, two Holocaust survivors recently shared their stories with about 400 people at the La Cañada High School Auditorium, including LCHS 7/8 students.
La Crescenta resident Leon Prochnik shed tears frequently as he recalled how his family, which he said owned the second-largest chocolate factory in Poland, escaped from its homeland to safety in Lithuania, then to Japan and Canada.
“It was a life-and-death drama,” Prochnik said. “I didn’t know the murder part, because that’s not what my parents talked to me about. My sister knew there was a great danger of that” — of the dangers of Jews being killed at the hands of the Nazis. Continue reading “Holocaust Survivors’ Plea to Students: Remember Our Stories”