A group of Jewish Senior Life residents and Hillel Community Day School students celebrated Chanukah together Dec. 10 at the Jewish Home of Rochester.

The participants played Chanukah games, enjoyed a festive Chanukah meal and gained wisdom from a different generation.

The event is part of a Jewish Senior Life/Hillel Day School Intergenerational Program that launched in October 2015 and was made possible by a grant from the Legacy Heritage Foundation. Ten students are matched with Jewish Home residents to interact through discussion, arts and therapeutic recreation. Through the program, students are sensitized to the challenges seniors face, and learn compassion, responsibility and duty of care.

“We’re proud to partner with the Hillel School in this important program,” said Joel Weiss, senior vice president of advancement at Jewish Senior Life Foundation. “Jewish Senior Life was founded almost a century ago, with its mission based on a very important Jewish value: respecting and honoring one’s elders and helping them thrive in an atmosphere of compassion and individuality. This mission continues today, as we have grown to serve all faiths and ethnicities. This intergenerational program is rewarding for our residents and is certainly true to our mission.”

Seniors shared their wisdom and experiences with students, telling stories of their childhoods and comparing notes with the students about the differences between their respective upbringings.