Ten Israeli educators landed in Rochester on September 25th as part of the flourishing Rochester-Modi’in connection. The educators’ visit – Jewish educators from Rochester will in turn visit Modi’in this winter – is part of the “Education Bridge,” whereby teachers and students at religious schools in Rochester are paired with those in Modi’in, exchanging emails, photos and holiday packages, as well as teaching methods.
On the first day of the group’s visit, they got acquainted (in some cases re-acquainted) with their Rochester counterparts, visited religious schools and decorated a sukkah at the JCC. Many brought decorations made by their students in Modi’in. On the second day, the group toured a local city school, went on a trip to Niagra Falls and spent erev Sukkot at their hosts’ homes.
What’s in store for the rest of the visit? Further interactions and project planning with Rochester Jewish educators, a pre-Shabbat oneg with residents of the Summit (a part of Jewish Senior Life), Sukkot services, sukkah “hopping” in the town of Brighton, museum tours, shopping and more.
More from the “getting acquainted” period at the Federation.
One of the Modi’in group, Sharon Rotchild, in a classroom at Temple Beth El.
Lizi Hershkoviz decorating the sukkah at the JCC.
Keren Arien Goldberg and Anat Yeger decorating the sukkah at the JCC.
The group at Niagra Falls
On Sunday morning, they attended Hebrew School at Temple Sinai (in Sinai’s sanctuary).
On Monday, the group spent the entire morning at Hillel Community Day School, Rochester’s Jewish school for k-8th grade. They sat in on classes, including art, Judaic studies and more, toured the school including computer lab and library, and were entertained by a fabulous one-hour “welcome” performance by all grades at the school. The kids sang songs, performed skits and taught the teachers about the United States. They were a big hit!
Adi Levy and Lizi Hershkovitz talk to the students in the classroom
Shoshi Fishheimer and Yonat Stav learn about the library with Hillel’s Barb Schron.
Shuli Kol steps in to teach an art class at Hillel.
The educators appreciating the school’s welcome performance.
One of the classes in action.