On Friday, the middle school went on a mitzvah trip to perform a model seder at Mt. Carmel which is a place for senior apartment living. It is meant for low income senior citizens who don’t have enough money for places like River Garden or The Coves. Most of the people at the model seder didn’t speak English so we couldn’t really communicate with them well. Why would it be so important to perform a model seder there if we can’t even really understand them? Well, when I was there, I saw how happy they all were just to see children. There eyes lit up when they saw us come in and I could tell that we made there day. I could tell that they don’t get as much attention as they used to seeing as how Mt. Carmel has been around for a while and the Coves probably isn’t helping their business.
I think it is very important to go back every year because if it is true that they don’t get too much attention, that makes our visit for them that much more important and sweeter. Maybe when the senior citizens see kids, it brings back their old memories of what it was like to be a kid when they were growing up. All in all I think it is just important to spend time with elderly people in general whether you can understand them or not. I feel as though this mitzvah project would have been just as important without a model seder because I think it still would have made the people there happy just to see a friendly face. Even if they can’t understand me and I can’t understand them, it’s the thought that counts and in this case, I think it did. Have a happy Passover!