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One of our most memorable activities during our school year is the creation of a personalized silver YAD. For the past several years, our 6th graders have created their own YAD to use as they become B’nai Mitzvah. Each YAD is unique and treasured by the students who proudly designed their own ritual object. Each year I receive letters of thanks from the parents for sponsoring such a powerful program. I highly recommend that every Congregational School offers this remarkable opportunity to their students.
The students love creating their own YAD projects, first online and later putting them together in the classroom. Our students use their unique personalized YADs to practice their Torah portion in preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and proudly use it on Bat/Bar mitzvah day. Parents love it as much as their children – it is a tangible memento from one of the most meaningful experiences of their children’s life.
For the past 9 years, all of our 6th graders have had the opportunity to become “Judaica artists” making their own, personalized YAD to use as they become Bnai Mitzvah and read from the Torah, for the first time. Each beautiful YAD is a gift to our students from our Synagogues. Many thanks Avi, for sharing your craftsmanship, artistry and insights into the making of “Tashmishei Kodesh”, Jewish ritual items, with our kids.
The personalized YAD is so special. I am so happy to be able to give them as gifts, as they are unique, personal, and meaningful. I first discovered them when my daughter, became a Bat Mitzvah and received one as a gift from a friend. It was her very favorite gift. She is now 18 and has used it every year since as she reads parashat Yitro on the anniversary of her Bat Mitzvah! What a great tradition!