Sometimes, we need to take a moment to recognize the “silver lining” in the midst of challenge and adversity. Case in point – at Talmud Torah we just celebrated the most successful and well attended Multi-Generations Day ever!! Yes, it’s true that we have all felt overwhelmed and sometimes frustrated over the last nine months, in the face of the many physical limitations that have touched every aspect of our lives (including family, work, school, travel, shopping, dining, and leisure, just to name a few). But, if we look at the amazing and creative ways that we have adapted and transformed our potential isolation into meaningful interactivity, we can fully embrace the positive successes that are happening around us every single day, even in the midst of a pandemic!
Because of the successful implementation and use of our distance learning platform, this year we were able to increase our attendance and participation in Multi-Generations Day by more than 40%. Special guests, parents and grandparents, along with other relatives and friends, were able to login from more than a dozen states across the country, as well as from Canada and Israel. After introductory classroom sessions, where each student and guest had the opportunity to be engaged and involved, our remarkable faculty and staff facilitated a variety of participatory group activities that included competitive Jewish and Hebrew language themed games, short virtual tours of Israel, fantastic music videos and “Karaoke Tefillah” with Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, and our ever-popular TT Zoom Photobooth. If you haven’t seen them yet, please be sure to check-out some of the day’s activity and family photos by clicking HERE.
The nature and substance of the many positive responses we received can be seen in the following email that was sent by one of our virtual guests:
“What a fabulous morning we had! Fortunately, we’ve been to TT for several of these days in person, and we were so thrilled to be there this morning, virtually! The staff organized the various activities so well and we were most impressed and appreciative of ALL their efforts put into making this day so wonderful! You are truly dedicated educators who are enriching the lives of our children, especially challenging during these unprecedented times! Kudos to you all and thanks to each and every one of you! Stay safe!”
Thank you for being an integral part of the Talmud Torah community, where we continue to transform each of our challenges into positive opportunities for providing our students and their families with the tools to live intentionally Jewish lives!
Hazzan Jeremy Lipton, Head of School