Shabbat at the Monte

September 21, 2009 by Katie Hoskins
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Montefiore Residents and Moriah children welcome Shabbat together

Every Friday morning, the children from Moriah College Preschool visit Montefiore at Randwick for Kabbalat Shabbat with the Residents.

Esther Abecassis and Edmee Gattengo enjoy the company of Moriah kindy children

Esther Abecassis and Edmee Gattengo enjoy the company of Moriah kindy children

Candles are lit by an Ima from the Home and an Ima from the Preschool and similarly, Kiddush is made by an Aba from each. Challah is passed around, songs sung and generations join in sharing this cherished spiritual and traditional experience.

In turn, Montefiore Residents visit the Preschool from time to time, to celebrate special Chagim with the children.

According to Montefiore Community Development Co-ordinator Rene Ichilcik, “At the heart of these intergenerational initiatives is the way relationships are forged between the elderly and the very young members of our community, through the act of shared religious observances. The children and the Residents all look forward to their Kabbalat Shabbat. ”

Kabbalat Shabbat is part of Montefiore’s Quality of Life program which provides Residents with a variety of social, cultural and religious activities.

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