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Save up to
ogs, the latest craze for said Sue Stettner, director of
preadolescents, have found JEFF.
Decorated with Stars of David
their way into a Jewish ed-
and Israeli symbols, the pogs are
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
Experience to be held at Temple
Beth El on March 5.
Sponsored by the Women's
Division of the Jewish Federa-
tion of Metropolitan
have to see
.,,, what turns
Beth El, the
these kids on," Ms.
Agency for Jew-
Stettner said. "And right now
that is pogs."
the Jewish Ed-
To accompany the hands-
on activities, Shawn
Locke, director of
ences For Families
school services at the
and The Jewish News,
Agency for Jewish
the annual fair will fea-
ture many additions in-
.........______) r a three-part curricu-
cluding a three-part
' lum to be taught to all
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
"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-
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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