The Center’s Youth and Family Department was excited to launch its year-long Mitzvah initiative that kicked off during Chanukah.
The staff and families were fortunate to celebrate this holiday with interactive tool kits sponsored by the Rachel B. Banks Fund that were given to over 160 children!
The families discovered prayers, candles, Latke ingredients, recipes, crafts, and service projects for an inclusive experience for all to enjoy. On the 8th night of Chanukah, each child and their siblings received a wrapped book in honor of Florence Cooper (obm) given by the Florence Bernstein-Cooper Literacy Grant that the Weinstein JCC so generously received.
The children and families served at the Weinstein JCC are immersed in Jewish rituals and customs daily in the Preschool and Kids’ Place programs.
The Chanukah tool kit proved to be a highly successful bridge connecting the celebration of Chanukah between home and school. The impact of this program led to positive feedback – families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds participated confidently and joyfully.
One of the goals of this type of engaging programming is to connect the children’s growing Jewish identity to the shared values within their family. Holiday tool kits are a simple and easy method for all parents to honor and foster their children’s interest and engage in meaningful celebrations at home.
Stay tuned as the Youth and Family Department continues spreading good deeds in the community, not only by educating families to the Mitzvot that are attached to the Jewish holidays, but also by giving opportunities for families and their children to serve the community through the mitzvot dedicated to acts of service.
Contact Rachel Peters, Weinstein JCC Youth and Family Engagement coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about upcoming events and other opportunities to participate in!