What a way to start the year! The 240 students at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy (SCHA) in Orange welcomed a very special student from Poland, who will join their ranks for the coming academic year.
Noemi Stankoska, 12, attends the Lauder-Morasha School in Warsaw, Poland. She came to the United States this summer to attend a Jewish camp to strengthen her commitment to Torah and mitzvot. SCHA decided to help further deepen Noemi’s Jewish experience by enrolling her in the Orthodox day school.
Noemi Stankoska is a granddaughter of David Sterbach, a Holocaust survivor who was sent to Siberia and after the war returned to Poland where he decided to stay and help rebuild its Jewish community. He passed away two years ago at the age of 99. Noemi’s father, Albert Stankowski, has continued his father’s efforts to rebuild Jewish life in Poland. He serves as the director of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum that is currently under construction and is expected to open in Warsaw in 2023, on the 80th anniversary commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The museum is actively searching for relics, objects of historical value, documents, photographs, or letters related to the Warsaw Ghetto for its permanent exhibition. If you are in possession of such items and wish to donate them to the museum, please contact SCHA.
Main Photo: Noemi Stankoska (center) is surrounded by her classmates at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy in Orange.