Kids Roll Up Their Sleeves and Learn Judaism at New JCrafts Center –

Posted By on July 28, 2022

Jewish kids with big smiles are baking matzah and learning about kosher chocolate, making Havdalah candles and performing Jewish-themed science experiments. Under the slogan Ancient Traditions for Young Hands, Rabbi Levi Raskins new JCrafts center in southern Maryland is home to a unique blend of family fun and Jewish educational activities.

Its been a decade since Rabbi Raskin moved to Maryland with his wife Fraida to open a Chabad House. They began to bring hands-on activities to local Jewish schools, and learned that 71% of local Jewish children were not receiving any formal Jewish education. Rabbi Raskin knew it was time to think bigger. It was a no-brainer, he says. We needed a building to open up programming to the wider community and reach kids who get no Jewish exposure.

In 2020, Rabbi Sholom Raichik and Chabad of Upper Montgomery County happily supplied space for JCrafts pilot program. The pilot center boomed, and Rabbi Raskin knew the time was right for a permanent home. JCrafts purchased a 2,500-square-foot center in Rockville, Maryland, and after a bit of marketing, they welcomed the first eager crowds of children and adults last September.

When they arrive at JCrafts, children and their families dive into a variety of exciting, hands-on workshops with different themes Jewish holidays, science, and chocolate, to name a few and all are interwoven with core Jewish knowledge. Its an immersive experience, utilizing giant screens and cutting edge technology to transport the families into the world of the workshop. By all reports, its buckets of fun. For a lot of kids, this is their first exposure to Judaism, Rabbi Raskin says. The programs are educationally rich, and its such good fun; the hope is, in the years to come, whenever they hear the word Jewish theyll think of these positive memories.

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