Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:49
The beauty of being a grandparent is to pass down family traditions, Jewish history and culture while at the same time creating memories for both you and your precious little ones. Each year, Grandparent Shabbat at Temple Beth Torah provides the opportunity to do just that. This multigenerational service is uniquely designed to capture the interest level of children of all ages while emphasizing the special bonds that exist between grandparents and their grandchildren.
Our Rabbi Katz began with a parable highlighting the importance of passing down traditions and values to your grandchildren so that future generations would also continue to benefit. The service also included the Rabbi’s clever device of keeping the older children and teenagers actively engaged during the reading of the Torah and Haftorah, by offering a Pop Quiz where the answers could be located in various parts of the prayer books. This proved to be a great way of keeping older children and teenagers along with the rest of us on “our toes!”
The children’s Torah procession is another highlight of this service. All the children were called to lead the procession following the Torah when it was taken out of the Ark and then returned. The Rabbi commented that hopefully they will continue to follow the Torah’s teachings throughout their life.
Our wonderful Cantor Fliegelman sweetly sang a song about the importance of continuity from generation to generation of our values and teachings as we embraced our grandchildren. Of course, no service or creating a memory would be complete without a little something to nosh on. So, bagels, tuna fish, cream cheese and, of course, black and white and rainbow cookies, along with ice cream sandwiches were enjoyed by all.
This meaningful service always exemplifies what makes Temple Beth Torah so special- a feeling of connection and family. A family comprised not only of our immediate family members, but a feeling of being linked to a much larger extended family and community. We always look forward to this special service which has become a welcomed and beloved tradition!
Jane Berliner, Temple Beth Torah