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February 06, 2004 - Image 77

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-02-06

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Learning Together

Hebrew Day School students share experiences with
seniors at Washtenaw JCC.

Ann Arbor


ebrew Day School of
Ann Arbor students and
senior citizens at the •
Jewish Community
Center of Washtenaw County spent
an afternoon together recently as
part of a series of activities on the
school's theme for the month of
Tevet, which was hiddur pnei zaken
(respect for the elderly).
"It was lovely afternoon," said
Dina Shtull-Leber, head of
school. "It reminded us
how fortunate we are to
be located at the Ann
Arbor JCC where we have
intergenerational opportu-
nities at our fingertips.
This program is an exam-
ple of how Hebrew Day
School fulfills its mission
of fostering in our chil-
dren a love of community
and a sense of responsibil-
ity for one and all."
The seniors visited three
classes. The second-
graders presented a play

prayers," said Doris Jamron.
"I agree with what the children
believe," said Rose - Kielser.
In their play, the children shared
the many different times they feel
kedushah. Some examples are when
they say the Sherpa, when they take
care of their pet or when they wash
dishes for tfir morn or dad. The
students then sang songs for the sen-
iors and demonstrated how they
learn Hebrew in an environment of

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Above: Senior
Sol Saginaw
with kinder-
Danielle Lehavy.

Left: Senior Bob
Mordis helps
fifth-graders Ben
Goldberg, Eitan
Spivak and
Noam Saper

explaining their understanding of
the concept of kedushah (holiness).
The drama was followed by a con-
versation with the seniors about
their understanding of this concept.
"I feel holiness when I hug my
grandchildren," said Sophie Mordis.
"I feel holiness when I go to sleep
at night and say some private

"language immersion."
In the kindergarten class, the chil-
dren shared with the seniors what
they had learned about the different
species of penguins (the school mas-
cot) and then sang them a song. The
fifth-graders showed the seniors their
creative geography maps and gave


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