Come Help ‘Build Jerusalem’ in LEGOs

Stephen Schwartz on the map of Jerusalem on which the LEGO model will be built at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 8, at Congregation Beth Israel. Photo credit: Harris Fogel

Stephen Schwartz on the map of Jerusalem on which the LEGO model will be built at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 8, at Congregation Beth Israel. Photo credit: Harris Fogel

Congregation Beth Israel in Media and architect Stephen W. Schwartz invite students, their families and members of the public to construct a model of the Old City of Jerusalem entirely out of LEGOs on Sunday, January 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The final product will be a 70,000 block structure of Jerusalem built on a 400 square-foot scale map and consisting of the Holy Temple, the Montefiore Windmill, the Tower of David, the city walls, and each of the eight gates.

“Building Jerusalem” is a program that Schwartz runs as a part of a Jewish construction series he created to teach Jewish history through exciting, hands-on activities. Schwartz says that “The beauty of seeing kids and their parents working together is a really great sight.”

This model will become the centerpiece of the “Eliana Andersen Art and Creativity Festival” commemorating the life of a student who passed away in 2005. Those who attend will be performing a “hiddur mitzvah,” the act of enhancing a good deed through art and beauty.

For more information contact Reisa Mukamal at reisa.aviva@icloud.com or call (610) 203-7730.

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