There were no caps and gowns, but there was no shortage of proud parents at the Chabad of Venice and North Port’s Hebrew school graduation.
The school, which was established seven years ago, has expanded within the Jewish community.
“Chabad has grown by leaps and bounds,” said school director Rivka Schmerling, who said she was proud of each student. “We started the first year with two kids and the end of that year had seven. This year we have 18.”
At the ceremony Sunday, students performed songs and accepted their certificates. Teachers and volunteers were recognized, and the day ended with refreshments. With a focus on Jewish education and values, Schmerling said the school has created a strong community and a place where children can study their culture.
“We try to plant a seed so we can give them a strong Jewish heritage,” Schmerling said. “It’s also important for Jewish kids in the community to have a place where they can love to come.”
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