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February 24, 1995 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-02-24

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preadolescents, have found JEFF.
Decorated with Stars of David
their way into a Jewish ed-
and Israeli symbols, the pogs are
ucational event.
The circular game discs that one of the activities. Sets of the
elementary-aged children collect game pieces, complete with a
and trade with each other will metal part called a slammer, will
be given out at the
be one of the featured changes
Ben Teitel Israel
---
at the revamped Tzedakah
booth.
Experience to be held at Temple
"When you
Beth El on March 5.
think about
Sponsored by the Women's
Jewish edu-
Division of the Jewish Federa-
cation, you
tion of Metropolitan
have to see
Detroit, Temple
.,,, what turns
Beth El, the
these kids on," Ms.
Agency for Jew-
Stettner said. "And right now
ish Education,
that is pogs."
the Jewish Ed-
To accompany the hands-
ucators Council,
on activities, Shawn
Jewish Experi-
Locke, director of
ences For Families
school services at the
and The Jewish News,
Agency for Jewish
the annual fair will fea-
Education, designed
ture many additions in-
.........______) r a three-part curricu-
cluding a three-part
' lum to be taught to all
curriculum implement-
ed through area afternoon _ „:,:,,,,'' of the fifth-graders in all
of the participating temple
schools, board games and a
and synagogue schools.
larger Penny Harvest.
The curriculum prepares the
"We tried to make it more
contemporary and much more students for the event by teach-
hands-on," said Ruth Beitner, ing about the meaning of
co-chair of the Penny Harvest tzedakah and illustrating the im-
for charity and associate chair- portance of being a part of the
person of the Tzedakah Experi- Jewish community.
"It frames through Jewish
ence.
"Let's face it. Kids keep chang- eyes the responsibility of
ing. You have to keep up with tzedakah, that it is a mitzvah
them and offer them something and not a chance opportunity,"
Ms. Locke said.
they want," she said.
The committee also looked to
In that vein, a committee of
representatives from sponsoring be more inclusive with its pro-
agencies reevaluated last year's grams, reaching out to all fifth-
fair and changed elements to grade students in the area. This
make it more appealing to the year, day-school students will
fifth-grade participants and their also be given canvas bags to col-
lect change for the Penny Har-
parents.
Jewish Experiences For Fam- vest. The money will be split
ilies pitched in its knowledge to among the participating class-
help the 14 participating agen- es who will then decide to which
cies have more interactive dis- agency they will donate it.
"We wanted to show them that
plays for the children.
"By integrating more activi- everyone is responsible for the
ties, we are able to make it community, not just a few," Ms.
more of a learning experience," Beitner said. ❑

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