Noah's Ark comes alive in synagogue show

The Hebrew School stu­dents at Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im re­ceived a treat re­cently when an ark-full of live an­im­als ap­peared at the Bustleton syn­agogue.

Jacques Lurie, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of Shaare Shamay­im, or­gan­ized the week­end’s fest­iv­it­ies for three dif­fer­ent classes.

On that Sat­urday, the young­sters learned the story of Noah and his ark.

The fol­low­ing day, they gathered in front of a wood ark filled with stuffed an­im­als as a boy por­tray­ing Noah re­coun­ted the re­li­gious story of how Noah, his fam­ily and two of each kind of an­im­al were saved dur­ing a flood caused by rain that las­ted for 40 days and 40 nights.

The story fea­tured the sounds of thun­der and a rain prop, and some kids wore ponchos to stay dry. There was a happy end­ing with a rain­bow of red, or­ange, yel­low, green, blue and purple bal­loons.

The kids were able to see and in­ter­act with a camel, goat, deer, ducks, a don­key, a snake, a mini-frog, fox, gecko, bob­cat, para­keet and Afric­an bush baby.

Lurie asked the stu­dents ques­tions about what they learned and handed out stick­ers and books for right an­swers.

The young people also colored, made framed art­work, snacked on an­im­al crack­ers and listened to a talk by Rabbi Jean Claude Klein, all geared to the story of Noah.

Klein said the event was set up to show the chil­dren that an­im­als are com­pan­ions that God put in the world, and that they de­serve re­spect.

“An­im­als are not just the ob­ject of our love, but of God’s care and provid­ence,” he said. ••

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