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The Garden of the Righteous

a project in Deerfield, Illinois

an image of the indoor Garden

an image of the indoor Garden

At Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, Illinois, a project on the Righteous themes has been organized by a group of students, called STAND, and their head Dr. Schorsch - partnered with the talented members of Art Club. The idea has been brought to the School by teacher Ayala Shahaf, involved with Gariwo. This school's student group is dedicated to ending genocides around the world and calling attention to international human rights abuses. Through education, activism and fund raising, the students contribute to raising awareness around the horrors of genocide and the importance of fighting for human rights. 

"The Garden of the Righteous" is the name of the project, an indoor Garden on the second floor of the School, small but extremely meaningful. Its aim is to honour and highlight the Righteous who helped during genocidal and dire times of darkness and danger, making a difference, no matter how small, and it features the work of Righteous individuals in three modern genocides: the Armenian Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide. Through designing and constructing the exhibition, students were able to bring the message of the importance of individual action and courage to the community

16 April 2019

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Visions and awareness

Gariwo, the Garden of the Righteous, has been working on the concept of the Righteous for many years, with the goal of spreading the awareness of the importance of exemplary figures, those who show how to build a future of peaceful coexistence. This is important especially for the young people, who look for reference points to which they can relate the fundamental choices of life.
In recent years the interest towards the Righteous has greatly increased and this paradigm of moral resistance is essential for the development of collective consciousness on major ethical issues of our time.
We believe that the involvemnet of youth, the school operators, the academic, intellectual, artistic, media and public  and private institutionsm is crucial to maintain and strengthen the cultural orientation, which takes this direction.

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