Voices of Hope and the HERO Center was honored to be a part of a lovely ceremony organized by the students and faculty of New England Jewish Academy in West Hartford.
Miriam Schreiber, a local Holocaust survivor, was denied her education as a young girl. She and her family were forced to flee their native Poland for the Soviet Union, only to be used as slave labor through the war years. Miriam does not speak openly about her experience normally, but shared it with the senior class of NEJA who were interested in her life and what she has learned over the years.
The students were so moved by her, and built such a strong relationship with Miriam, that they insisted on her graduating with them in 2020. Though plans for a traditional graduation were halted, NEJA was finally able to organize an intimate and meaningful ceremony to grant Miriam her honorary high school diploma.
Dr. Richard Nabel, Principal of the Upper School, invited HERO Center Director Kimberly Ballaro to speak at the ceremony. It was our honor and pleasure to be included and we congratulate Miriam, the Class of 2020, the NEJA faculty, and everyone who was involved in making this day a reality.