November 1, 2011
Columbus Jewish Day School (CJDS) kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth graders kicked off the Jewish Student/Jewish Senior Holiday Link Program last week when they visited Wexner Heritage Village (WHV) and toured six sukkahs with residents of the village for a Sukkah Hop. Students had the opportunity to practice tikkun olam and the mitzvah of learning from previous generations as seniors shared experiences, values and traditions with the children. CJDS students presented Sukkah decorations they had created for the visit. Working with the question, “What makes you happy?” students and seniors shared stories and experiences.
This program, funded by a grant from the Columbus Jewish Foundation, is designed to strengthen the bonds between seniors and students by conducting intergenerational holiday activities for residents of WHV and CJDS students throughout the school year. Next up: second and third graders will visit WHV during Hanukkah.