“This Passover, I will be explaining the rabbi’s art work to my family,” said one participant. Rabbi Berkowitz’s “appreciation, joy and enthusiasm for the topic”, and his “amazing talent” made striking impressions on other Hazak group members.
The “From Text to Symbol” workshop had participants busy exploring Genesis 22, which describes Akeidat Yitzchak (The Sacrifice of Isaac). Then they “translated” a chapter of the Scroll of Esther into a visual word-less story. The participants shared their creation with the entire Hazak group the following Shabbat. “Everyone, at any age, could benefit from this program,” remarked one woman.
Those opting for Kol HaOt’s musical track found that the program “The Song in Me”, with Yehudah Katz, unleashed their own musical talents, as they wrote holiday songs using traditional Jewish texts for inspiration. “As a former teacher, [the program] was hard to improve. The facilitator was very special!” commented one participant. For another Hazak member, the program had an emotional element as well: “It lifts your heart.”