The kindergarten and first grade students in HANC’s Samuel and Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School in West Hempstead eagerly awaited the arrival of their grandparents and special guests on Thursday, November 14. As the guests entered the auditorium, they were treated to delicious pastries, coffee, and fruit. The guests came from near and far, including one grandparent who traveled from Israel to enjoy this special event with his triplet grandchildren.
Following opening remarks by Rabbi Yaakov Sadigh, head of school, West Hempstead campuses, the guests viewed a video showing students enjoying their time at HANC. After much anticipation, the kindergarten children entered the auditorium and eagerly found their grandparents. The children and their special guests decorated a picture frame that contained the erev Shabbat children’s blessing, personalized with the child’s photograph. They also completed a Shabbat activity packet together.
First graders and their grandparents got busy creating a myriad of projects designed to enhance Shabbat. The children and their guests assembled Shabbat bags which included a Kiddush cup, battery-operated candles, and cinnamon sticks for Havdallah. The packages will be donated to a hospital to enable patients to celebrate Shabbat as they recuperate. The children also decorated frames that contained the blessings for lighting candles, which was a gift for their special guests. Together, the grandparents and children completed a question-and-answer sheet that compared the different traditions that take place on Shabbat in their homes. At the conclusion of the event, each grandparent was presented with a HANC tote bag that contained a personalized HANC bencher and a booklet.
This intergenerational event was the culmination of a lot of planning under the leadership of Mrs. Liz Pazornick, HANC’s director of development. Hakarat ha’tov also goes to Mrs. Lisa Lowy, director of admissions, and the kindergarten and first-grade teachers who created the projects and packets and helped make the experience so meaningful. Additional thanks to Mrs. Randi Silber, Morah Dafna Berman, and Mrs. Phyllis Itzkowitz for their help setting up as well as assisting throughout the course of the program.