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Factory Fun as School Children in Leeds Learn about Shofars

Friday, 25 September, 2009 - 5:58 am

shofar.JPGBoys and girls in Leeds measured, sawed, drilled, and polished kudu antelope, water buffalo, goat and ram’s horns to learn how to make a kosher shofar.

The travelling shofar factory, run by Rabbi Eli Pink, Lubavitch Centre of Leeds’ educational director, toured schools in the city which has the second largest provincial Jewish community in the UK.

The shofar making demonstration was a hit in the city’s three Jewish schools as well as Allerton High School and Leeds Grammar school where Jewish students are also enrolled.

"The 'hands-on' approach is the best way to teach," says Rabbi Pink.

"Most of the children had never been to a farm, let alone seen a ram’s horn up close. It brings it to life for them and makes the ritual more meaningful."

While the children found out more about how to make a shofar, some 30 women attended Leeds’ Jewish Women’s Circle led by Rebbetzin Dabrushy Pink who spoke about the connection between Rosh Hashanah and women.

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