After Toulouse Shootings, DC-Area School Offers Condolences
The French Embassy received a trio of hand-illustrated posters on Thursday, April 5 from a group of Washington-area Jewish schoolchildren. The gesture follows deadly shootings that occurred on Monday, March 19, at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, which claimed four victims, including three young children.
Drawn in magic marker and filled with slogans like "We give you our sympathy" and "You are not alone," the posters were sent by students from the Alvin Browdy Religious School, an affiliate of the Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a neighboring suburb of the nation’s capital.
Students created the posters at the encouragement of Rabbi Marc D. Israel, who oversees education activities at the school. "After the tragedy, we wanted to reach out."
The events also provided an opportunity to educate students, and Mr. Israel described the project he led as "a way of talking to students about what happened, in an age-appropriate way... Out of tragedies, we have opportunities to show support."
Immediately after the shootings, the Embassy arranged a book of condolences to allow metro Washington residents to express their shared grief and solidarity.
The Embassy of France wishes to express its sincere gratitude all the students, faculty and staff of the Alvin Browdy Religious School and the Ohr Kodesh Congregation who participated in the creation of the posters. The gesture will be lastingly remembered by the French community in Washington, and the posters will be forwarded to the Toulouse school where the attacks occurred.