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Generations come together at Shillman House

Posted: January 18, 2012

“Thank you for arranging for the children to come here. They make us so happy.” This sentiment, expressed by Edna Rabinowich, was shared by many of her neighbors at Shillman House following a recent intergenerational program.

Shillman House, a JCHE community, is collaborating with the MetroWest Jewish Day School (MWJDS) to offer Making Connections by Looking at our Past. The project recently held its kick-off session. Framingham Cooperative Bank Foundation, which is providing financial support, attended the meeting and presented a check.

Shillman House residents and students from MWJDS will meet regularly as part of the school’s unit on immigration. The students will hone their interviewing skills by preparing questions at each session to engage the seniors in interesting discussions to compare the past with the current. The topic for the first gathering was food and favorite recipes. The participants were pleased to discover that baked chicken and mac and cheese are deemed favorites among generations.

The students and seniors will continue to meet throughout the school year and hold a special gathering at the culmination of the program.

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