Right around Easter, Carol Wilson got a call from a resident of the Bnai Brith Apartments.
Her neighbors’ doors were all decorated, the caller said. Shouldn’t she have something for the Jewish holidays?
Wilson, clinical coordinator of older adult services at Jewish Family Service, quickly contacted the Jewish Day School and a partnership was born.
The 3rd and 4th grade classes created artwork that will hang on the doors of older adults across the Lehigh Valley this Passover.
Before the artwork was delivered, Wilson had the opportunity to speak to the students to let them know the impact their creations would have.
Day School students had also created notes for seniors over Chanukah, and Wilson reminded the classes how meaningful that project also was for the approximately 75 Jewish seniors living in residential facilities that received them.
“For some of them, it was the only time that somebody thought about them in a Jewish way and maybe the only way they celebrated Chanukah,” Wilson said. “You brought the spirit of Chanukah to them."
“We are going to the do same thing for Passover,” she said.
Wilson promised to bring back photos of the artwork hung on the seniors’ doors.