The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning provided a specially designed lesson to study as an official part of the 2013 Global Day of Jewish Learning, held Nov. 17, 2013.
Several Melton Schools participated and offered the lesson. Viv Anstey and Lauren Snitcher created a multi-generational setting for the Global Day of Jewish Learning in Cape Town.
We had Esther Maizels (pictured below), our Rhythms teacher, teach 17 adults in the Sukkah of the Gardens Shul. There was great participation and robust debate and all present had an inspiring morning.
We had a master storyteller entertaining the kids in the "Small Shul" with PJ Library books for the first 45 minutes after which the kids had a snack. We then had 2 gentlemen from the Jewish old aged home come to talk with the children on their life in "der heim" [the shtetl] and how they came to Cape Town as well as their early life in South Africa. One of the residents came with a portfolio of all his artworks and gave the kids a photocopy of one of his pieces which they were thrilled about.
We look forward to participating in 2014.
The GDJL is an initiative to unite Jews around the world through the study of our shared texts. It is under the aegis of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. This year's theme was "Creating Together: Jewish approaches to creativity and collaboration." Worldwide, the GDJL engaged 400 communities.
Monty Teperson shares copies of his artwork with children in Cape Town.