“Our relationship with Cohen Hillel Academy, which has been in place for at least ten years, has been a rewarding experience for our participants, as I know it has been for your students. This program should be an example for other schools to emulate, with its emphasis on respect for our aging population and sensitivity to their physical and cognitive needs.” – June Davis, Director of the Day Center at Aviv Centers for Living
Social action and service have always been integral to education at Cohen Hillel Academy, one more way that our students in all grades learn through experience.
Karen Madorsky, former language arts teacher at CHA, has served as Social Justice Coordinator at the school since 2010, supervising, coordinating, and creating community service projects for students. Social action programs, including work with Kipp Academy in Lynn and Salem Charter School, have focused on topics such as civil rights and Facing History and Ourselves. Other projects include the fourth and fifth graders going to Satter House (pictured above) to celebrate the Jewish holidays with seniors at the independent living residence.
Past projects include working with students from the Salem Charter School collecting oral histories from Salem residents. Working with documentary photographer Pamela Joye, they produced a book of text and photos that had an opening at the Salem Visitors Center. Last year, our eighth graders partnered with Charter students to study identity and cultures through masks. Their project culminated with an exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum of masks the group created.