Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Shofar Factory

(Rabbi Sholom Galperin from our local Chabad)

Our Hebrew school took a field trip yesterday to the Shofar Factory. The Rabbi from our local Chabad does a presentation where he talks about the holidays, shows how to make a shofar and then all the children get to make their very own shofar to bring home. Sounds fun right?

Picture this. Thirty children in a room. Each child has a horn, a piece of sandpaper, a paint brush, and a bowl of shellac varnish in front of them. A horrible storm is passing over and then...the lights in the synagogue go out! Much high pitched screaming ensues (with a few shofars being blown thrown in there.) Luckily the lights were only out for a few minutes and we all made it out of there without a gallon of shellac varnish in our hair. Amazing.

A warning to Hebrew school parents everywhere...if you are going to volunteer to drive for a field trip, this may be the one you want to skip. Let me just say, three kids, three shofars, enough said.


Jewish Deaf Motorcycling Dad said...

When our Chabad does it, the rabbi is usually drilling into the horn right there. They did it during a festival last year. The electric drill gets really loud. After doing it a few times he was asked if he would mind relocating into the hallway. The kids always started to watch with fascination, but then would get a dreadful look and cover their ears when the drill started up.

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Juggling Frogs said...

And don't forget the smell!!!

We have them come to our day school and make shofars with the 5th grade each year.

Every year, it stinks up the school for days, and the whole 5th grade class spends half a day "practicing".

Good times.