US School Builds Bridges of Tolerance Between Religious Groups

January 23, 2007

Author: Shally Zomorodi

Source: Voice of America

The faces of children -- look at each one and you will see purity and innocence. Their truth is taught through the harsh realties of today. But what if they were taught about acceptance and tolerance and how to live together despite their differences?

Moarsha Jewish Day School in Orange County, California is aiming to do just that. Teach the children about each other and in turn create an environment where there is no conflict. Eve Fein is the school's director.

"Sometimes, especially since 9/11, there seems to be a feeling of despair and hopelessness. We don't want our kids to grow up as adults feeling that way."

So the school focused their curriculum on teaching the students about "deep respect" and "honor" for others and their beliefs. But rather than teaching the beliefs from textbooks, Fein says they decided to take the classroom where very few have gone before.

"They were just really thrilled to meet different kids and learn about different cultures and different religions. They are not involved with the global conflicts and I think that if we plant these seeds of how to get along and relationship building it could be a better world and even people were doing things like this with kids this age we could make a difference and we can make a difference."