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Happy New Year!
Shofars and Torahs and
honey bees — Oh, My! —
all at the Shofar Factory.
dults and children were entertained
and educated Aug. 25 at the Sherrill
Berman Shofar Factory Festival at the
West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center.
Participants drilled their own shofars, tied
their own tzitzit (fringes on a tallit), decorated
a wooden candlestick and shofar holder, and
wrote their Hebrew names on parchment with
quill and ink.
There were displays of exotic animal horns
as well as a beekeeper with live honeybees in a
comb. Children also enjoyed stilt walkers, fire
jugglers, clowns, bounce houses and delicious
kosher food catered by Jerusalem Pizza and
"The purpose of this event is to bring mitz-
vot and Judaism to life in a fun, educational,
interactive way, getting children excited about
being Jewish and about the upcoming holidays,"
explained Rabbi Shneur Silberberg of Tugman
Bais Chabad Torah Center in West Bloomfield.
The event, now in its fifth year, has grown
steadily; this year it attracted more than 500
participants. The program was arranged by Bais
Chabad, Janice Charach Art Gallery, Shalom
Street and the JCC, and was funded by the
Sherrill Berman Art Education Fund.
September 5 • 2013
Children and adults surround the raw shofars in anticipation of drilling
their very own as part of the Shofar-making process.
A young participant works on painting
Michael and Cedar Smolash, 8, of Orchard Lake make tzitzit.
Evan Goodman, 2, of West Bloomfield at
the petting zoo