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Concretizing Jewish Values through Intergenerational Programs

The Better Together™ program provides students with the opportunity, prepared with the skills and sensitivities, to “live” our traditions and practices, to actually engage in the fulfillment of the mitzvot (the concretization of our values) which will produce a next generation well prepared to lead, thrive, and sustain our people going forward.

Get a peek into the power and impact of the Better Together program!

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What We Believe

We believe that providing special services and activities for the elderly, aged and infirm is a Jewish value which the next generation needs to understand in a sophisticated and yet hands-on fashion to put into practice. The “doing” of this value, we believe, will alleviate the loneliness often characteristic of the lives of seniors, bringing stimulation, social interaction, and recreation to their everyday activities.

We believe such intergenerational interactions will further personal relationships, serving to support the growth and development of the students, and the health and wellbeing of the seniors.
The light of the past will illuminate the future

Who We Are Looking For

  • Jewish Day Schools, Hebrew High Schools, Youth Groups, and Congregational Schools with Middle and/or High School level students.
  • A teacher or administrator (i.e. Director of Student Activities; Guidance Counselor, etc.) who is deeply committed and passionate about the need, value, and importance of such a program.
  • A teacher or administrator committed to participating in online learning and sharing opportunities with other participating schools.

Why Better Together?

Judaism places respect for our elders as a high priority value within our lives, an expectation the schools are reinforcing through these programs. That said, the development of personal relationships between students and seniors is rarely established, and therefore the potential for the fullest realization of the value (the
mitzvah) is rarely achieved.

We support schools and synagogues in their efforts to educate the next generation of skillful, knowledgeable, sensitized Jews, who are caring of others, willing to be leaders, and conversant with our traditions and practices. In addition, we support those in need of caring, compassion, and kindness, as well as financial and
emotional strengthening. The Better Together™ program connects and integrates these two goals of our mission.

Connecting meaningful relationships with students and seniors

What We Do

The focus of Better Together™: An Intergenerational Program is to sensitize students to the challenges of the elderly and incorporate Jewish learning and values in their interactions with the elderly. The Better Together™ program includes the opportunity to teach students Jewish traditions and ethics that they can actualize in their daily lives.

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