This past Sunday, a group of our Raising the Bar teen boys met together to explore what it means to connect to and work with elderly individuals. Why would this be an important value to us? The boys shared ideas around commitment to building community, respecting our elders, learning from their stories, the list goes on and on. But what after we skyped with R. Jonathan Malamy, Director of Religious Life at Jewish Home Lifecare, we also learned the grounding Jewish value of “Bikkur Cholim” – visiting the sick – and how a simple visit can transform energy in a person – create joy and positivity.
In preparation for Purim – a holiday of near escape from genocide, revenge acts, revelry and masks – we learned about the opportunity for the community give back to others – with sending baskets filled gifts, food, messages of joy and love. Our teens will put this learning experience to good use – they will be volunteering at the Jewish Home LifeCare center on March first – co-creating these gift baskets with residents as well as performing some short improv led by Jonathan Goldberg
, an long-time Storahtelling company member who founded Cherub Improv
– a 100% volunteer improv comedy troupe that partners with hospitals, senior homes, veterans centers, hospice, senior centers, children’s runaway and homeless shelters, homeless outreach programs, cancer support organizations, and numerous other organizations to perform and teach short-form improv and musical improv comedy. (Learn more about Jonathan HERE).
To join us for our Mar. 1st Purim engagement at the Jewish Home, visit our website page for details.