Pardes Launches New Shorashim Grandparent Series

Pardes is very excited to announce a new series called Shorashim that incorporates the grandparents of our students in unique programming on campus. The first event was held Wednesday, September 18th and it was an incredible success. Grandparents accompanied their Pardes grandchildren to the Multi-Purpose Room after school for a Rosh Hashanah Challah Bake. After mixing the ingredients and kneading the dough, participants enjoyed games while waiting for it to rise. When it was time to prepare the challot, they braided in raisins and sprinkled cinnamon crumble on top for a sweet Jewish New Year. Then, at the end of the event, everyone was able to take home a delicious round challah ready to bake. “The room was filled with smiles, hugs, laughter and love as everyone delighted in a special afternoon of a joyful Challah Bake,” Gayle Feldman, Pardes grandparent and coordinator of the Shorashim Series, reflected on the event. 

Pardes recognizes the important role grandparents play in our students’ lives, and the Shorashim Series was developed to create opportunities for them to be involved in our Pardes community. In Hebrew, the word Pardes means orchard. The word Shorashim is the Hebrew word for roots, which is a beautiful metaphor for the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. 

There are several programs scheduled as part of the Shorashim Series, ranging from a Grandparent Brunch to a Game “Night” and Hamantaschen Making.  We look forward to all of our Pardes grandparents joining us at these future events.