Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father

One of the best school lessons I’ve read about . . . good for adults as well as children. ~ Linne

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Jewish-Day-School-watchs-Zak-Ebrahim's-talk-1 Students at the Davis Academy in Georgia contemplated the differences—and similarities—between Zak Ebrahim’s experience and their own. Photo: Twitter/@sbbEZas123

With Rosh Hashanah fast approaching, Sara Beth Berman of the Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, wanted to create a lesson for the school’s middle school students around the ideas of empathy and forgiveness.

“In the month preceding the Jewish New Year, we talk a lot about how to forgive, how to accept forgiveness, and how do you want to be better in the new year,” says Berman, the experiential educator at this Jewish day school. “I was working on finding something to teach on these topics. And I was coming up short.”

[ted_talkteaser id=2024]But an a-ha moment came when one of her colleagues, Judaic studies teacher Samara Schwartz, forwarded her a TED Talk all about the life-altering things that happen when we dare to have empathy: Zak Ebrahim’s “I am the…

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2 thoughts on “Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father

  1. Linne, I am so glad you shared this. Zak’s story is one of such sadness yet he turned things around and shows we don’t have to follow in the footsteps of our families. Most children feel pressured by family in some small way, I hope Zak’s story shows them they can create their own life path that resonates with them instead of following a parents dream for them instead.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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