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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Moses to climb Mt. Sinai

And kids will learn about Shavuot


WOODBRIDGE - A Shavuot Family Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road.
for those who have ever wondered what the Jewish holiday of Shavuot is all about, this is a chance to find out, organizers said.
What actually happens to Moses when he goes up Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments? Why, after he went up the first time, did he have to go up again? What do the Ten Commandments have to do with kids, anyway?
The answers to these questions will be told at the Shavuot Family Celebration.
The event will give young children a chance to ‘meet’ the character of Moses, watch him bravely set off up Sinai to get the Torah, and see what happens when he comes back down, organizers said.
After watching an enactment of the story of Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah, children will learn how a Torah is written today and explore the scribal art of Torah calligraphy on real parchment, organizers said.
Young children also will get to know the Hebrew alphabet while older kids try their hands at writing with quills and ink. Traditional Shavuot cheese cake will be served.
The event is free for pre-school and elementary age children and their families. It is sponsored by the JCC Family Center and The PJ Library program.
For more information, contact Saskia Swenson Moss, coordinator of Youth and Family Education, at sswensonmoss@jewishnewhaven.org or 203 387-2522 x317.

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