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2017-2018 Bergen County Mitzvah Clowning
October 29: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
One event on January 1, 1970 at 8:00am
A new and improved Mitzvah Clown Program is coming to Bergen County! Join over 525 people who have already become Mitzvah Clowns, in an effort to bring joy, laughter and smiles to those in need of them. This special intergenerational program is geared for students 6th grade and up, (including teens and adults) and is an opportunity to learn about the mitzvah of Kavod HaBriyot (human dignity) and Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) while at the same time learning Mitzvah Clowning skills. Participants in the program will learn how to interact with senior citizens, children with special needs and others in need of healing and a friendly visit. The program will include a training session and each participant will receive a clown kit, costume, balloons, and a balloon pump that will be theirs to keep.
At the initial session the participants will learn how to apply clown make-up, create balloon animals and undergo role play exercises to better prepare them for their friendly visit. After the initial session, these newest Mitzvah Clowns will put into action what they learn by visiting seniors. Each month, following the initial training and friendly visit, the Mitzvah Clowns will go on site visits to local senior centers and other facilities.
Throughout the year there will be additional training sessions on magic, creating balloon animals and puppetry.
The onetime cost to participate in this program is $250. This fee includes a clown kit, clown costume, supplies for the site visits, participation and supplies for all the training sessions.