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Karina Zilberman on Intergenerational Jewish Experiences

Posted by Danny on February 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

"In 2007, Shababa started as a musical Shabbat gathering of a handful of families singing with Karina in a corner of the 92Y lobby. It rapidly became a vibrant, bursting community, where families with young children are part of an intergenerational, inclusive Jewish experience" (

Karina Zilberman, Director of Jewish Familiy Life and Culture for the 92nd Street Y, and creator of the 92Y Shababa Community, came to JTS today as part of the Davidson School Experiential Learning Initiative Lunch and Learn Series to lead an interactive Shababa workshop, so we as educators could experience Shababa and understand and reflect on Karina's goals and methods. Zilberman aims to create an experience that people of all ages can connect to. Of Shababa, she says, "It's not a 'program,' and it's not a 'tot shabbat' or 'children's programming.' It is an intergenerational experience. When a child sees grownups involved in what he or she is involved in, it amplifies that experience for the child because it is as if the adult is saying to the child, 'I am not here because of you, but because I need this experience, too." 

Zilberman reminded us that as educators we have to connect to ourselves. If what we do does not connect to our essence, it will not resonate with our audience. "If we do not allow ourselves to have authentic, inspiring experiences, we will never be able to create trustworthy educational experiences for others." Zilberman is clearly inspired and we thank her for sharing her light with us!

Categories: Davidson School News and Announcements, Jewish Experiential Education

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