Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs:
A Holocaust Sculpture
Be strong, Be Strong and may we be strengthened
On the campus of Community Day School, Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture commemorates each and every one of the approximately six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Keeping Tabs is a public art installation in the maze-like shape of the Star of David, constructed of glass blocks filled with six million aluminum "tabs" collected and counted by CDS Middle School students over nearly a decade. Each tab represents a single human life lost at the hands of the Nazis.
The Sculpture is an internationally renowned landmark designed by artist-in-residence Elena Hiatt Houlihan together with CDS Middle School students and Pittsburgh architect Alan M. Dunn; their creative vision was brought to life through the extraordinary generosity of naming donors Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt and other benefactors.
Keeping Tabs is ...
A place of contemplation, of revelation, of meditation.
A place for Holocaust education, where students create learning materials, research stories of individual lives lost, and own this piece of the world and Jewish history.
A place to bring each new generation that grows farther from history closer to its lessons.
A place where visitors can see what one teacher inspired his students to accomplish, and what one community accomplished by working together.
The Sculpture reminds us to “keep tabs on our humanity." As we teach our students at Community Day School, whenever there is inhumanity in the world, that is the time to be an "upstander," or someone who acts to confront prejudice and injustice and does their part to make the world a better place. Each year, a team of CDS 8th Grade students are trained as Keeping Tabs docents, and our Middle School hosts a Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) service at the Sculpture that is open to the community.