Temple Sholom to make new playground official Thursday morning

Play time at Temple Sholom will be halted for a short period tomorrow, May 17, as the Selma Maisel Nursery School officially dedicates its new playground by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The dedication of the recreation area coincides with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the anniversary of God giving the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.

The new, custom-designed and built playground includes upper and lower play areas connected by slides built into the ground, a climbing wall and a piece of equipment designed especially for two and three-year-olds. There is also a riding area with a working toll booth, aptly called the Selma Maisel Freeway, in honor of the woman for whom the Nursery School is named, and Rabbi Mitch’s deli, which pays homage to Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz.

Children have been enjoying use of the playground since construction was completed last fall.

Rabbi Mitch commented, “We feel privileged to be able to give our children this gift as it enhances the time they spend at Temple Sholom.”

Funding for the new playground came from dollars raised by the school parents, along with contributions from Temple Sholom members to the Capital Fund. Dan Green, president-elect of Temple Sholom’s Board and a local real estate developer, oversaw the project.

“The new playground is largely nature-based and educational in focus,” Mr. Green said. “Not only is it a dream come true for the children, it also serves as an environmentally thought provoking asset to learning in the classroom.”

The dedication ceremony takes place at 9:15 a.m. on the playground at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue.


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