Celebrating grandparents on Zoom
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Celebrating grandparents on Zoom

The Melen children with their great-grandmother, Sophia Rubinova. They are all from Franklin Lakes. (Courtesy Chabad)
The Melen children with their great-grandmother, Sophia Rubinova. They are all from Franklin Lakes. (Courtesy Chabad)

Hundreds of students and grandparents celebrated Grandparents Day on Zoom with the Chabad Hebrew School in Franklin Lakes. Just about every grandparent of the 90+ students attended the program. A kit with supplies was delivered to the homes of all students and grandparents. The Hebrew school director, Mimi Kaplan, told stories and talked about the special role grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren as well as their vital role in preserving and passing on their Jewish identity to the generations that follow. Supplies and ingredients were used to create edible chocolate trees, which had strong trunks and roots symbolizing the children’s parents and grandparents. Dried fruits and nuts were added to symbolize the children and their potential. The grandparents received pictures of their grandchildren and an art project for them to enjoy and share with their grandchildren.

The program ended with participants posting comments on the chat board about what they appreciated most about each other.

Grandparents Day was the most recent of 30 creative learning sessions and programs held in-person — outdoors in the warmer weather — or on Zoom since the start of pandemic last March. For more information go to chabadplace.org.

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