The Shabbos Project excited countless people of all walks of life. This past Friday, Yeshiva Har Torah launched its own version of the Shabbat Project, under the direction of Morah Vivian Rosenberg, early childhood director. Each week, one preschool class will invite an older grade to be their guests for Shabbat. The classes will be preparing in their own unique way, combining literacy, Torah learning, onegShabbat, and a snack as they develop closer relationships with students from other grades. Yeshiva Har Torah has robust intergrade programming throughout the year and this project is a wonderful addition to the bonds the children are developing with students in other grades.
In conjunction with the worldwide Shabbos Project, Morah Chani’s kindergarten prepared cookies for their guests and authored a book titled How Shabbat Is Special. Each child wrote a page about what makes Shabbat special to them personally, and Rabbi Menchel, the menahel, read the finished book to the class. On Friday, one of the fifth-grade classes visited, and each child was paired with a younger student and read to them. The children joined together for pre-Shabbat singing led by Rabbi Ahron Rosenthal on the guitar. At the conclusion of the visit, the kindergarten students shared their cookies with their new older friends. A great time was had by all, and the children gained a deeper appreciation of Shabbat and the worldwide movement of “Keeping It Together.”