“Everyone felt a sense of fulfillment and love when the children were here,” said Miki Raver, lifestyles director at Moldaw Residences. “The intergenerational relationship brings true joy and satisfaction to our residents. We welcome the students and their families any time they want to visit.”
A first grade teacher at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School approached Moldaw Residences to collaborate on the event that helped integrate the students into the community. The school has service learning within its educational program which combines classroom instruction with real life experiences.
“We believe that it is important to connect the generations and teach the children to respect their elders,” said Donna Seidel, first grade teacher at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. “We also like to show the students how to take care of others and look beyond themselves. This fun experience taught them some valuable lessons.”
The holiday of Purim commemorates a story in the Book of Esther. Haman, an advisor to King Ahasuerus of Persia, wanted to annihilate all of the Jewish people. Queen Esther and her Uncle Mordecai were able to stop his plan and save the Jewish people from destruction. Kids often times dress up in costumes, hold parades and partake in large feasts to celebrate the holiday.