Multicultural program teaches diversity

At least 25 different countries were represented during Temple Beth Orr’s Kuhn Early Childhood Center’s recent Multicultural Day.

This annual project, which took place at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs, celebrated the different cultures of the students’ families. It featured the students singing the song “Hello to all the Children of the World!” with their families in the audience. The families also brought dishes from different countries, including Belgium, China, Cuba, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Venezuela and others.

Naomi Gordon, the early childhood center’s director, said, “Since they came back from winter break, the children have been learning about diversity. This is the culmination of everything they’ve learned.”

Gordon also noted, “I think the most important lesson I teach the children the entire year is to love all people.”

Lois Kutchera, a pre-kindergarten teacher at the center who noted the event is tied with Martin Luther King Day, said, “We teach the kids about diversity, acceptance and how we all may look different, we all may wear different clothes and we all may be from different places, but inside we’re all still the same.”



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Caption Holocaust Survivor Band returns from Poland

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Polish-born Holocaust survivors Saul Dreier and Reuwen Sosnowicz returned home Wednesday after an unforgettable trip to Poland and Israel.

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Caption Weston philanthropist to build Holocaust rooms at Nova

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Caption Sherman tank on display at the Holocaust Documentation Education Center

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Temple honors people where Torah is from.

Caption Temple honors people where Torah is from.

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Students at Stoneman Douglas share lunch, stories with Holocaust survivors

Caption Students at Stoneman Douglas share lunch, stories with Holocaust survivors

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90 Holocaust survivors gathered on Thursday for a special luncheon hosted by students at Stoneman Douglas High School.

When asked about the value of the students, who range from ages two months through five years old, learning diversity early on in life, Gordon responded, “They think we’re all the same, and that’s the whole point, to teach our children at an early young age to accept people of different ethnicities.”

Gordon feels that teaching the students about diversity exemplifies the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world).

“We teach this every day to our children,” Gordon noted. “It’s very important to teach tikkun olam to these children.”

Gordon was also amazed with the parent participation at the event.

“I’ve worked 25 years in the business and I’ve never seen anything like this. The parent participation is second to none. If it’s not a parent, it’s a grandparent or an aunt or uncle here. Almost every child has somebody here for them.”

Parent Stacy Kardys of Coral Springs, who attended the event, said, “I love that they teach the children so much about other cultures, not just about Judaism.”

“I also love that parents can be involved,” she continued. “We’re not just hearing about it or seeing it afterwards. We actually get to be here at the same time, so that’s great.”

Student Emma Perkins, 4, said through the center’s lessons on diversity, she learned about the old days when African Americans had to sit in the back of the bus, how one man – Martin Luther King – made a difference and that “now, everyone has to be equal.”

Rabbi Norman Klein, the synagogue’s interim rabbi, thought it was a nice project.

“From what I understand, they try to encourage everyone in the early childhood education program to be open to different cultural influences and accept everyone. Even though it’s a Jewish preschool, everyone is allowed to come. Everyone is welcomed. They respect everyone’s ethnicity.”

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-jjbn-multicultural-0125-20170123-story.html

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