On Sunday, April 26, Beth El Synagogue hosted a Noah’s Ark themed Family Fun Day. Open to the community, more than 40 families with infants to grandparents attended. With decorations courtesy of Leslie Siegel, there was something for all to enjoy. Whether it was jumping in the tiger bounce house, having faces painted and hair colored with an array of temporary color, feeding one of the many animals in Noah’s petting zoo, challenging Ryan the Balloon Guy to create balloon art, or having a nosh while gabbing with new and old friends, people found themselves absorbed in laughter and enjoying one another’s company.
The real stars of the event were the children. Erica Kaplan’s daughter Liora, says, “The petting zoo was a great idea, the bounce house was fun, the food was good and the balloon guy was a hit.”
Building community relationships and creating memories for family members of all ages are just a few of the reasons why events like this are so important. Jen Adut says, “Our whole family had a terrific time at Beth El Family Fun Day. I was proud to be a part of such a dynamic and engaged community.”
Rachel Krupnick says, “We are always grateful that Beth El provides programs and events which allow our children to see and meet new friends.”
It’s obvious that many were happy that Noah (Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz) and his Ark floated into town with his animals and friends to have fun with the community.
While this was the first Family Fun Day that Beth El has hosted for the community, it is not expected to be the last.
by Ashley A.S. Zittrain