Several groups of students worked together to build a replica of the Western Wall in Jerusalem for the Simon Family JCC’s Israel Festival.
Students from Toras Chaim, JCC Kids Connection, Strelitz Early Childhood Center and Hebrew Academy of Tidewater constructed ‘brick stones’ from shoeboxes and brown paper. Strelitz and Hebrew Academy of Tidewater students later participated in the actual building of the ‘Wall.’ During Israel Festival, BINA students oversaw more ‘bricks’ being laid, as well as prayers inserted into the ‘Wall’ by festival attendees. The prayers will be delivered to the real Western Wall this summer by college students on a Birthright trip.
“It was lovely to be able to be a part of a community endeavor in celebration of our beloved homeland,” says Alene Kaufman, director of Strelitz Early Childhood Center.