BY STEPHANIE HAGUE
On April 27, the Jewish Alliance’s Victor and Gussie Baxt Social Hall was packed with close to 100 visitors attending the David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center’s first “Special Visitors Day.” Chaired by Mitzi Berkelhammer, this event welcomed grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends who spent the morning experiencing a fun program at the exceptional ECC.
Berkelhammer began the morning by telling the crowd that in addition to chairing the board of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, she is also a grandmother to Maya, a student at the ECC.
She shared a few anecdotes, including Maya’s joy after dunking her head in swim class and her love of Friday Challah during Shabbat at school. The visitors, separated by class, had time to experience some of the exciting activities happening in the school on Friday morning: art projects, field and playground time, swim, music, Shabbat celebrations and more.
With the help of a host committee including Rachel Alexander Levy, Dr. Paul Alexander and Robyn Furman, this event offered visitors from across Rhode Island and around the country the chance to learn and play with a special child in their lives, while also observing the impact of the Jewish Alliance on the Rhode Island community.
STEPHANIE HAGUE (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the philanthropy officer at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.