HOLIDAY SERIES brings traditional Holiday celebrations alive

Shofar Factory

  With unique media, and innovative presentation methods, participants will:

 Gain insight into the significance of the Shofar in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah;Craft a genuine Shofar from the raw horn of a ram; See and hear a demonstration of the traditional blasts, while acquiring skills of blowing the Shofar;

Option: Craft one Shofar to be used at the school's discretion; for an additional fee, students may craft and take home their own Shofar.


Lulav & Etrog

 In an imaginary shuk (market  place), children become expert shopper where they:

 Feel the distinct texture of Etrogim from around the world and smell their sweet fragrance; Smell and touch the other three species: the Lulav (palm branch);the Hadas (myrtle);and Arava (willow);Learn to arrange and hold a “Four Species”set in the proper manner, as well as the Torah source for each Mitzvah; Create a lulav-holder from strips of palm branches. The group receives one finished set.

This program is greatly enhanced when presented in a school or community Sukkah.

Olive Press
olive press.gif  As a group of Macabees, students will refine the olive oil needed for the Temple Menorah while they:

Pit fresh olives, squeeze them with a hand press; Strain and spin the extract in a centrifuge to separate the pure oil; Enjoy a video of an olive oil factory in Italy, which introduces them to the modern process; Fashion a wick out of cotton for use with the oil when lighting the Menorah; Take home a sample of the oil.

Multimedia Purim Megillah

Our multi-media presentation of the Megillah will add excitement and understanding to the story of Purim as children:

View a full-color slide show painted by artist Norman Nodel, and produced by Tzivos Hashem; Enter the story of Purim as actors and actresses; Learn about and practice the Mitzvot of Purim.

Matzah Bakery
matzah.gif Passover will become more meaningful when children have a chance to dig into the dough as they:

 Produce flour from wheat kernels,winnow,and separate the chaff from the grain; Collect the grain into a hand-driven wheat mill and grind it into flour;Knead,roll,and bake the dough into a handmade matzah in the required amount of time; Delight in taking home their very own freshly-baked matzah,a baker’s hat,and a Shmurah Matzah for their family Seder table.

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Torah Factory

The extraordinary complex process of creating a Torah, including its wooden, metal and cloth ornaments, are highlighted. Participants:

Gain an appreciation of the skills required for this intricate task; View a video and samples illustrating the process of making a Torah scroll, starting with the raw hide, through the tanning and sanding, until the parchment is finished; Write their Hebrew name with a goose quill, in the script used by the sofer, on a piece of finished parchment which they take home. Each participant receives a souvenir scribe's kit.

This program may be adapted for a Torah-writing ceremony (starting or completing).

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