Living Legacy - Holiday Series

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 and Etrog  

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

  • Feel the distinct texture of Estrogim 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).
  • Enjoy a video vividly illustrating the beauty of the "Four Species."
  •  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

 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 then 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.

 

Matzah Bakery

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.

 

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 special 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 tanning and sanding, until the parchment is finished.
  • Mix the basic ingredients used to make ink for a sofer (scribe).
  • Write their Hebrew name with a goose quill, in the script used by a sofer, on a piece of parchment which they take home.
  • Take home a souvenir scribes kit.

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

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For more information or to schedule a program, please contact Arlene at 914 693 6100 or email office@chabadrt.org