TOLERANCE

THE OLIVE PRESS

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Workshops in this series inject new and exciting energy into ancient traditions and mitzvot. Abstract and old rituals are infused with meaning and purpose.

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HUMILITY

TORAH UNWRAPPED

Thousands of years before it found its way to a printing press, the handwritten Torah scroll was at the heart of Jewish culture. It can still be found, in its same form, as the focal point of any Jewish center around the globe. Students will immerse themselves in the history of written expression and experience the magic of taking something seemingly unusable and transforming it into an enduring object of teaching and inspiration. 

CONNECTIVITY

THE SHMUEL KARNOWSKY

HAVDALAH WORKSHOP

Havdalah, the multisensory ceremony, plays a central role in Jewish culture and tradition. This workshop zones into the secrets behind each of the important components of the service and concludes with a candle making experience. Participants dip long wicks into hot beeswax and watch in awe as the wax hardens and creates the traditional braided Havdalah candle. The light of the Havdalah candle is reflected in their eyes as this popular ritual comes to life.

CULTURE

THE GREAT KOSHER CHOCOLATE FACTORY

It's an educational and gastronomical adventure that will expose your audience to the world of culinary history in a way they can taste, touch, and smell.​ Participants learn how to make chocolate from scratch and shape their very own chocolate creations. They will encounter a variety of edible aspects to Jewish life: Kosher eating, traditional holiday treats,  blessings on food and cuisines that have been influenced and shaped by the places all across the globe where Jewish people once lived.  And as they do, they will be inspired to be more thoughtful and curious eaters.

IDENTITY

THE MEZUZAH WORKSHOP

The Mezuzah workshop provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into what's involved in the production of the ancient scroll. Following an explanation on the inscription inside the Mezuzah and what it means for the people inside the house, some fascinating facts, and an opportunity to examine the parchment up, close and personal, using special tools, participants engrave their customers design or name into a copper slate which will  later be inserted into a brass case. The end results are beautiful!

REMINDERS

THE TALLIT WORKSHOP

The Talit, the distinguished garment worn at times of prayer, is explored in this workshop. Participants delve into the origins of the mitzvah and learn its nuances from the styles and colors to the knotted strings. They will also get a firsthand look atThe audience will learn the skill of tying the seemingly complex knots