An Interview with Morah Shirley Pourad-Kaikov, Director of Student Activities K-5
What were the different activities the children had the opportunity to experience?
The children were able to experience all different types of animals in the Tevah. There were snakes, llama, bunnies, goats and fish. The students especially loved getting to meet Poochi the Monkey. Following the monkey show, where they got to see the monkey do several tricks, Some students were able to give Poochi a coin and watch her put the coin in the tzedakah box. The students were able to pet and feed the animals, but especially loved how they connected what they learned in class about Noach and his Tevah to what they saw.
How did the weather effect the event?
Though it didn’t rain for forty days and forty nights, we knew there would be no canceling this activity despite the rainy day. The kids really got to feel what it was like when Noach and the animals boarded the Tevah.
What types of animals did Noach bring?
In addition to Poochi the Monkey, there were snakes, llama, bunnies, goats and fish.
How do you think this event impacts the students understanding of the Parsha?
Our younger students mostly learned about the rain, and that Noach had to choose and take two of each animal onto the Tevah. During this program, the students got to see what the Tevah might have looked like by climbing aboard a tevah, in addition to meeting and petting many different species of animals.