Sixth graders representing some of the area synagogues participated in the Kehillah Partnership celebration at the Bergen County YJCC this past March in Washington Township.
The art class, under the direction of cultural artist Laurie Rivlin Caspert, constructed their vision of the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and added their thoughts: "We built our Kehillah Kotel brick by brick to show our community spirit and to share our love of Israel and combined artistic abilities. Please write a message, wish or dream and place it in the cracks of our wall."
Close to 150 sixth graders took part in classes, including art, band, aviation, culinary arts, debate, videography and cartooning, held at the YJCC over the past school year under the auspices of the Kehillah Partnership. The Kehillah Partnership, coordinated by the YJCC, is a community-wide effort to build a stronger and more engaged Jewish community across institutional and denominational lines.
Laurie is a local artist from "You Gotta Have Art" studios in Woodcliff Lake and The FunArt Bus, Mobile EcoCraft Art Studio (www.yougottahaveart.org). Being eco-minded, the girls constructed their bricks out of old corrugated boxes, cut to size.
Temple Avodat Shalom (River Edge)
Jewish Community Center of Paramus (Paramus)
Temple Beth Or (Washington Township)
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley (Woodcliff Lake)
Temple Emeth (Teaneck)
Glen Rock Jewish Center (Glen Rock)
Temple Israel (Ridgewood)
Temple Beth Sholom (Park Ridge)
Fair Lawn Jewish Center (Fair Lawn)
Congregation B'nai Israel (Emerson)
Temple Beth Sholom (Fair Lawn)