As we close this year’s annual Children’s Art Exhibit in the Murray & Gladys Goldstein Cultural Arts Center, we are reminded of precious connections experienced by our students through their creative expressions. Contained within our exhibit is a small model of the Kotel, or Western Wall. The four-year-old children of Chavayreem built and painted the model to house precious messages like these to God:
- I hope you take care of my grandpa in heaven.
- I love my family and God.
- Give peace to the world.
- Give us more manners.
- Make more love.
- Give more kisses.
- Have a great Shabbat.
- Make more flowers in the world.
- Please make more butterflies.
- Make everyone a picture so they feel good.
- Make more kitty cats.
Spirituality emerges through the artistic expression of our students, enabling them to develop their individual relationships with God while creating a sustainable connection to Jerusalem. Years later, whether on a NFTY or Birthright trip to Israel, a visit to the Wall can be a renewed connection and experience of closure stemming from a tender childhood memory.
For more information or to register for our programs, please contact the school office at (914) 637-3808 or Kehillah@TINR.org.