Summertime is the Jewish Exodus from Brooklyn. At this time every year, a fleet of well packed mini vans, tour buses, trains and SUVs depart the crude, overheated city to journey to that magical land of wonderment, known as the country.
But what happens to those who choose to forgo the country and remain in the city during the long hot summer? For many urban Mommies, this can be a very trying time.
In response, Machon Chana has launched a new “Vacation in Crown Heights” program of shiurim, day trips, interesting courses and just plain fun. The program began this week with several exciting classes and workshops.
Machon Chana administrator, Mrs. Sarah Labkowski says she created the program to meet the needs of mothers in the community.
She relates, “I see a vast need for this type of program. As a former Mechanes of Bais Rivka and administrator of Machon Chana, I feel a responsibility to the women in this community to provide for their needs. Programs like these reach out and bring the feelings of warmth and caring of a small community to this large one.”
A quick review of the program’s website VacationCH.com reveals a calendar full of interesting activities. There is a “mother’s night off” which includes a demonstration on arranging fruit platters.
Also on the exciting summer schedule are day trips to fun locations such as the Museum of Natural History and the South Street Seaport, art classes and even Shabbatons. In addition, there are many shiurim on such topics as Shalom Bayis and Chinuch keeping with Machon Chana’s long standing tradition of classes par excellence. Chavrusah learning is also offered.
Reaction from women in the community have been very positive, especially concerning the availability of babysitting if needed. Machon Chana alumna and mother Chana Forrester expresses her excitement at the opportunity.
“I find that there is no forum to connect with other mothers. Therefore, I appreciate outlets where babies are welcome. I see this program as a tremendous community building opportunity. I would love to go to a Mommy’s shiur for a much needed spiritual recharge.”
The program is in its pilot year and suggestions on the types of programs that should be included are welcomed and encouraged.
Machon Chana looks forward to welcoming you at 556 Crown Street for a rewarding and fun summer. Visit www.VacationCH.com