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With unique media, and innovative presentation methods, participants will gain insight into the significance of the Shofar in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah

Option 1

Age: 4 and up
Duration: 45 minutes
Student Cap: 45 students
Students Take Home: 1 shofar for the classroom

Visitors will gain new insights into the history and significance of the Shofar and its role on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Throughout the presentation participants help cure, saw, drill, and finish a ram's horn to create a genuine kosher Shofar. During this “hands-on” workshop the students are taught how to sound and practice the traditional sequence of notes blown on Rosh Hashanah. At the end of the presentation each group will be given one Shofar to keep in their classroom as a memento of this exciting workshop.

Option II

Age: Older children
Duration: 45 min – 1 hr
Student Cap: 25 student
Students Take Home: Their Own Shofar

During this workshop, every student makes his/her own shofar. They cure, saw, drill, finish and shellac a ram's horn to create their genuine kosher Shofar. At the end of the workshop every student takes home his/her own Shofar. During this “hands-on” workshop the students practice the traditional sequence of notes blown on Rosh Hashanah with their own Shofar.

Age: 4 and up
Duration: 45 minutes
Student Cap: 45 students
Students Take Home: Their own Matzah - bakers hat

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, in a “real bakery” atmosphere with even a baker's hat, a Passover experience mimicking the real thing.

Recommended Age: 5 and up 
Duration: 45 minutes
Student Cap: 45 students
Students Take Home: A Small jar of Olive Oil (extra charge)

As a group of Maccabees, 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.

Age: 6 + 
Duration: 45 minutes
Student Cap: max. 35 students
Students Take Home: One Lulav and Etrog set

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.

Age:3 +
Duration:45 Minutes
Student Cap:50 students

The children are transported back into ancient Persia where they relive the story of Purim. With a mix of humor and drama, professional puppeteers bring this ancient tale to life..

Recommended Age: 6 and up 
Duration: 45 minutes
Student Cap: 40 students
Students Take Home: Their Hebrew Name written on Parchment

The extraordinary process of making a Torah is long, complex and quite detailed. The children will gain an appreciation of the skills necessary for this intricate job through the Torah Factory. They view the process of making a Torah scroll starting with the raw hide and continuing through tanning and sanding until the parchment is complete. Next, they whittle the end of a goose quill to create the writing instrument. Everyone gets a chance to write their Hebrew name on a piece of parchment in the traditional script and each participant takes home a scribes kit.