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.
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.