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February 9, 2018  RSS feed
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Help rebuild Jerusalem Lego-by-Lego at Glazer JCC

Children and adults are invited to build Jerusalem one Lego at a time at a Building Blocks Workshop, a community-wide event to be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Sunday, March 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Old City of Jerusalem will come alive on a 20-foot by 20-foot layout, complete with the walls, eight gates to the city, the Kotel, King David’s Tower, and all of the other important landmark elements.

The project is part of the Jewish History Construction Series, using about 70,000 Lego building blocks. This is a hands-on activity for the whole family.

Under the direction of Stephen W. Schwartz AIA, a principal with SWS Architects in Livingston, NJ, participants are guided through a collective effort to build a scale model of one of the building projects – in this case, Jerusalem.

The Lego-building program is geared for participants age 8 and older; however, when participating with parents, the children can be as young as 4.

Architect Stephen Schwartz of New Jersey, helps direct the Lego construction of the city of Jerusalem at a previous event elsewhere. The project will be repeated in Tampa on March 4. Architect Stephen Schwartz of New Jersey, helps direct the Lego construction of the city of Jerusalem at a previous event elsewhere. The project will be repeated in Tampa on March 4. Once the Lego city is built, participants will sit around the model and be taken on a tour of the city, so everyone learns about Jerusalem with a whole new vision.

Those who have hosted the Jewish History Construction series have shared that the educational value of this program is exceptional and it has been hailed by educators as a meaningful way to teach, have fun, and retain knowledge.

Participants can be both “builders” and “observers.” The actual builders can number as many as 150 participants. During the project, each group is working on a small section of their own. The architect orchestrates the entire construction so that at the end of the two hours there is a completed model made up of everyone’s individual and group efforts.

“It has never failed that the project is complete and everyone is absolutely in awe that they were able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time by working together as a team,” says Schwartz.

It is recommended that all “builders” wear comfortable clothes because they will be working on the floor. Shoes are not allowed on the drawing that serves as a template for the city, so participants should plan to wear socks.

To celebrate the culmination of the final project, participants can share their experience with a pizza dinner in the ballroom of the JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.

This event is supported by PJ Our Way and TweenConneX. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at

For more information, contact Brandy Gold at or (813) 769-4725.

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