INSTRUCTIONS

Implementing the Moment of Silence in your school is easy. To be successful, it needs to be implemented daily and consistently.

The following are general instructions for our program:

Step 1 - and the most essential:
Every day before school starts, an announcement is made over the loudspeaker of the entire school for a minute of silence.

Step 2: Send a note home (letter to parents) to inform the parents that you are beginning this program.  The parent should discuss with their child what's important to them and what values they would like their child to think about during that moment.
Here are some suggestions of what to think of during the Moment of Silence:

  • How I will think of the good points of my classmate
  • How I will respond to my classmate that teases me
  • How I will be grateful for what I have in my life
  • How I appreciate my family 
  • How I am proud to be an honest person
  • What I am looking forward to, today
  • How I can better relax in class
  • How I can better focus in class
  • How I can respond better to my teacher
  • How I can show more respect towards my parents/grandparents
  • Give charity- either with time, or with money 
  • How I can play more fairly with friends
  • How I don't have to be a "sore loser".
  • Ways to respond to being disappointed, without getting angry
  • Ways that I can help my classmates
  • Ways I can help my parents
  • Ways to help my Mother at home- i.e., help with younger siblings 
  • Ways to avoid fights with siblings 
  • I can do great things 
  • How to react when I am being bullied
  • There's something inside of me that's bigger than me
  • You're getting better every day
  • Which people are those who I should look up to
  • How I can look into the good of everything
  • How can I contribute to my world around me
  • What are my favorite toys
  • I have the ability to follow my dreams
  • How can I be happy today
  • Things I like about my best friend
  • Why I like silence



(The parents can sign the note and then the child can be entered into a raffle. We can provide the prizes for the raffle.)

Step 3: The children are encouraged to write a letter describing what moment of silence means for them, (they can insert their letters into a box). The best letters are chosen and an assembly is held to reward them with a certificate and prize. We provide the certificates and prizes.

The above has been written in short form. Please contact us so that we can guide you with any other questions, comments etc. Thank you very much and with your help we will succeed in changing the world for the better one child at a time!


 Some schools have enjoyed this mascot of "Captain Silence" to motivate the students.




Moment of Silence
Let your kids think about it


Moment of Silence
  • Moment of Silence is a non-profit dedicated to improving the social fabric of society through implementing the Moment of Silence Program in public schools. 

The Uniqueness of MOS
  • Moment of Silence is different than other moment of silence or meditation platforms as the Moment of Silence Program is focused on a value that each student discusses with their parent.

The Need: Societal Moral Erosion
  • An estimated 250,000 youth are tried, sentenced, or incarcerated as an adult each year.

Source: The State of America’s Children 2014 (childrensdefense.org)


The Concept
  • Each morning, before classes begin, there is a school-wide Moment of Silence.
  • Students are granted 60 seconds to participate in quiet reflection, meditation, or personal introspection.
  • Students are guided by their parents on values to focus on during Moment of Silence.

The Hope
  • This will be a truly enriching start to the day and the child will then be blessed with good sense to utilize what he learns throughout the day in the best possible way, not just for himself, but for others, as well. And in the opposite order: he will learn to first think of what is good for others and only then, what is good for himself.

Public School Responsibility
  • Education is larger than simply expanding minds with factual knowledge. Education is raising a child to be a moral and ethical individual. The purpose of education is to cultivate an individual’s ability to think critically while following a moral compass. 
  • If education was only about transmitting facts to be filed in students’ brains, there would be little beauty in being a teacher and children would not develop a space for critical thought nor creativity.  
  • Education does not end at graduation as life requires the constant exercise of self-reflection. However, people need to learn this quality of self reflection and it needs to be taught, in part, in the classroom. 

Parental Dialogue 
  • In the hustle and bustle of life, many parents work long hours and therefore rely on schools to teach their children about values.
  • Moment of Silence encourages parents to talk about what makes life meaningful (goals, spirituality, or religion) with their children and to give their children ideas to think about during the Moment of Silence Program in school.
  • This creates a space where parents and children are comfortable talking about vulnerable topics. Starting the conversation now will allow for open dialogue later on.

How it Works:
Step 1 -Parents
  • A letter is sent home to parents letting them know about the Moment of Silence program that will be implemented at school.
  • The letter encourages parents to have an open discussion with their child(ren) about what they should contemplate during this brief Moment of  Silence.
  • All it needs is a few moments of parents talking with their child(ren) about the things in life that are important to them.

How it Works:
Step 2 -Teachers
  • It must be implemented at the start of the day before studies begin. It should not be treated as secondary – in the middle or at the end of the day.
  • The only comment which the principal or teacher need tell the students is that the school is beginning the day with a Moment of Silence.
  • Moment of Silence is not to waste time but to allow students to make full use of their time and abilities. It must be explained that this silence is also a part of education, to be spent in constructive thought. 
  • "Shortly, we will begin our studies in arithmetic, geography and all the important subjects, which will enable you to succeed in the world and make a living. But first, we give you a minute to be silent, during which you should contemplate whatever you are directed by your father and mother -or your grandfather or grandmother. They will direct you what to think about." 

How it Works:
Step 3 -Students




The Impact: A Note from a Principal
  • MOS helps boost academic achievement and personal development of many of our children.
  • Each child can participate in quiet reflection, meditation or personal introspection. This enhances his or her self-image and has a powerful, positive effect on the child’s schoolwork and life outside the classroom.
  • In schools like ours, where children have participated in the Moment of Silence Program for just 6 months, we see greatly improved reading scores and better overall  attention during the day. Besides the academic benefits, these quiet moments  allow children to reflect on our laws of justice and morality and what they need to become compassionate human beings and responsible citizens.

FAQ: What Is the Cost?
  • Moment of Silence is a free program.
  • All we request in return is to have a record of the schools that are using the program so that we can contact you periodically to monitor its effects and send you any information we believe may be of help to you.

FAQ: Is It Legal?
  • Yes, a moment of silence in schools has been deemed constitutional.
  • Several states mandated moments of silence each day.

Our Leadership
  • Moment of Silence was founded by Rabbi Avraham Frank, a former teacher in the public school system, who was inspired by Rabbi M. M. Schneerson.
  • Members of the board include Mr. Izzy Kalman, a nationally acclaimed bullying prevention specialist, and Dr. Robert Feldman, a doctor and educator. 

Our History
  • Moment of Silence is inspired by Rabbi Schneerson’s call to action to respond to the state of American youth.
  • Education and Sharing Day is a day made by congress to honor Rabbi Schneerson’s efforts for education and sharing. The day was inaugurated April 18, 1978.
  • President Reagan wrote to Rabbi Schneerson on April 15, 1981: “With your emphasis on moral and ethical values and your interest in education, you have contributed greatly to both the intellectual and spiritual development of our nation.”

Looking Forward
  • Moment of Silence is continuously seeking to inspire. Currently, we are developing a superhero, Captain Silence, to demonstrate to children how to utilize Moment of Silence and to help them understand the benefits.
  • Our volunteers are doing outreach in their neighborhoods. Join the team! Contact Avraham Frank at: afsilence@gmail.com to learn how you can help by contacting local schools and local elects.