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Detailed Description of Programs

Detailed Description of Programs

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GENERAL OUTLINE OF PROGRAMS TO BE OFFERED

 

 

Shofar Factory (Option 1) –

During our forty-five minute presentation, 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, finish and shellac 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 their Shofar to keep in their classroom as a memento of this exciting workshop. The cost for this workshop is $100 for a presentation (max. 30 students).

 

Shofar Factory (Option 2 suggested for grades 6/7/8)

During our forty-minute 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. The cost for this option is $12 per child.

 

Succot Seminar

During our forty-five minute presentation the students step inside our shuk (marketplace), and become superb etrog & lulav shoppers. Participants experience the smell, taste and touch of the “four species” of Sukkot - the etrog (citron), lulav (palm branch), haddasim (myrtle branches), and aravot (willow branches). A presentation of how and where each of the four species grow, gives insight in the beauty of this Mitzvah.  Excitement grows as students craft their own rings to attach the 4 species from strips of palm branches, and learn to arrange the Lulav set using date, palm, myrtle, and willow branches. The class keeps the set of 4 species they have worked on. The cost for this workshop is $100 for a presentation (max. 30 students).

 

Havdalah Workshop

Students dip candle strings in hot bees’ wax and weave together the thin-waxed strings to create a traditional Havdalah candle. Participants also make a fragrance holder for use in the Havdalah ceremony by pressing bits of clove spices into foam balls. The Havdalah ceremony is then demonstrated and reasons and customs are part of the discussion. Students will each receive a full-colour laminated card of the Havdalah service. This is a forty-five minute workshop and the cost is $125 per workshop (max. 30 students).

 

Shabbat Candle Making –

Students make their own Shabbat candles the old-fashioned way, with paraffin wax, enhancing their personal involvement in lighting Shabbat candles. While the candles are cooling, participants craft and decorate a candleholder. Different elements of Shabbat are discussed during the workshop. This is a forty-five minute workshop and the cost is $125 (max. 30 students).

 

Olive Oil Press –

This workshop employs an impressive array of modern and ancient instruments to recreate the art of hand pressing and refining olive oil. Students pit fresh olives and squeeze them in a hand press; its juice is strained and spun in a centrifuge and distilled into pure oil. After which participants fashion wicks out of cotton and, when the oil is purified, light the Menorah. Every student receives a little jar of pure olive oil. This is a forty-minute presentation and the cost for this workshop is $100 for a presentation (max. 30 students).

 

Talit Seminar –

A display of a variety of Tallit/Tzitzit styles and sizes captivates the attention of the students. Participants explore the process of Tallit-Making and the origins of the different styles and colors. Students discover the significance of Tallit lines, blue thread and Tzitzit (knotted strings) and learn the formula to tie and knot Tzitzit, which they take home in an attractive holder. The cost for this workshop is $100 (max. 30 students).

 


G‑d’s Diet – Kashrut Workshop –

                               “NEW WORKSHOP”

The Kosher Workshop will provide an engaging "crash course" regarding the laws of keeping Kosher. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of kashrut. Participants will be taken behind the scene to see the intricacies of kosher certification. The Kashrut Workshop will provide a hands-on experience of kosher shopping and demonstrate the practical practice of kashrut observance in our home. This is a forty-five minute workshop and the cost is $140 per presentation (max. 30 students).

 

Mezuzah Workshop –

There are many elements that ensure that a Mezuzah is Kosher.  The children will gain an appreciation in the complex and quite detailed process that makes a Mezuzah fit for use through the Mezuzah Workshop. Their purpose and underlying reason are all part of the discussion. Students view the process of making a Mezuzah scroll and observe many different types of Mezuzahs and Mezuzah cases. Excitement grows as students craft and decorate their own brass Mezuzah case. The cost for this workshop is $120 (max. 30 students).

 

Matzah Bakery –

Students manufacture their very own, hand-made Matzah. Fashioned after a real Matzah bakery, students assume the real life responsibilities of kneading the dough, rolling the Matzah, baking it, etc. Children receive their very own freshly baked Matzah and custom-made baker’s uniform. . This is a forty-five minute workshop and the cost is $75 set-up charge and $65 per presentation (max. 30 students).

 

Tefilin Maker –

Participants learn about the art and skills of Tefillin fabrication, including some of its hidden meanings. The students touch and examine an assortment of parchment samples, scripts and Tefillin sets and follow the process of creating a Tefillin set, starting with a piece of raw hide. They then perform the task of a sofer (scribe) and proofread copies of a Tefillin scroll and try their hand at making a Tefillin knot. The cost for this workshop is $100 (max. 30 students).

 

Torah Factory –

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. Excitement grows as students mix the basic ingredients used to make ink for writing the scroll.  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. This is a forty-five minute workshop and the cost is $140 per presentation (max. 30 students).

 

 

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