Rome may not have been built in a day, but, at Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, the community is invited to build the Old City of Jerusalem in just two hours.
Instead of using bricks, stone and mortar, architect Stephen Schwartz will lead the group in the reconstruction of the a 16 foot x 16 foot model of the Old City made entirely of Lego bricks. Over 60,000 Legos will be available to build the model that will include many of the architectural elements of Jerusalem. Each builder will be given a particular piece of the city to build and towards the end of the program, every building and wall will be put together to create the model.
Schwartz has been leading these building events across the northeast and Temple Beth Abraham is honored that he is coming to our community. Schwartz developed the project after using Legos to teach a lesson to his daughter’s third grade class. The class got so much out of it, that he began using the technique to teach children about historic places.
Each event helps bring history to life for those who attend.
“After working on something like this, people really have a visual image in their minds of the Old City of Jerusalem looked like so whenever they hear about it or learn about it in the future they will have a reference,” Schwartz said. “It is a fun, hands-on way to learn.”
Ellen Orkin and Amy Litwack, co-chairs of the Board of Education for Temple Beth Abraham have worked with Schwartz before and are thrilled to be able to bring him to our community for this event.
“This program is not just for kids—it’s meant to cut across all generations. In fact, you’ll likely find yourself so caught up in the fun, that you’ll be right there on the mat creating your own Lego masterpiece,” Orkin said.
“I attended an event led by Stephen Schwartz a couple years ago with my son and it was an amazing program,” David Jacobson said. “It was great to spend time working together, sharing the learning, and just having fun with Ben. We are so glad that a similar event is coming to town again.”
The Village Toy Shop, with locations in Easton and Canton, will be sponsoring the event. Kathy Mabry, owner of The Village Toy Shop, has generously donated multiple Lego Sets and more to be raffled off at our March 18th event.
Open to the entire community, this event will be held at Temple Beth Abraham, 1301 Washington Street, Canton. The two-hour program will begin at 4:00pm and will end with a “Build your own sundae bar.”
Registration is open now. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/tbalego or call the temple office. With pre-registration, admission to the event will be $8 for kids under 12 years old, and $10 for adults—a $36 cap per family will apply.
-Press release by Temple Beth Abraham.