The Butterfly Project is a call to action through the arts, using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry through the painting of ceramic butterflies, permanently displayed around the world to memorialize each of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.
All of our members and friends are invited to join us, along with students of Abraham Ratner Torah School and teens from our USY groups. Participants will be part of a world-wide effort to remember and memorialize the 1.5 million children who perished by painting ceramic butterflies. Once our butterflies are painted, representatives from The Butterfly Project will take them to be fired in a kiln and then return them to TIS. Prior to the High Holy Days, we will reveal the installation of our butterflies.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. we will screen the newly released film, NOT the Last Butterfly. Immediately following, participants will paint the ceramic butterflies.
Throughout the day at Torah School (9:00 a.m. – noon), students will engage in age appropriate programming culminating with each of them having the opportunity to paint a butterfly. Should you have any questions about the children’s participation, email Michelle Barbour or call her at 619 697-6001, ext. 109.
Reserve Your Space by March 22nd
In order for us to be properly prepared and order our butterflies we need your reservations. There is a $5 fee per butterfly for adults. Additional donations are appreciated and will help to off-set the cost to our Torah School and Youth Department and will also be given to The Butterfly Project to continue their efforts.
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Learn more about The Butterfly Project
The Butterfly Project (Zikaron V’Tikvah ~ Hebrew for Remembrance and Hope) was co-founded in 2006 by educator Jan Landau and artist Cheryl Rattner Price. Jan and Cheryl started this as an initiative at San Diego Jewish Academy to take Holocaust education out of the textbook and bring it to life in a way that inspires students to make the world a better place.
The project draws on inspiration from The Diary of Anne Frank, the poem The Butterfly written during the Holocaust, and the documentary film Paper Clips. At this time, The Butterfly Project is now a global memorial with over 200 communities counting together, including Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, France, Tanzania, Cuba, Morocco and Poland.
Visit The Butterfly Project Now to learn more about the history and continuing efforts of this wonderful organization.