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May 30

Reflecting On Our Sukkat Shlomecha

Earlier this year during a Saturday special session, children in Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” for 4th grade and “oak trees” for 5th grade) built a Sukkat Shlomecha (shelter of peace) just for our kvutzah (group). We discussed what brings us peace as individuals and a community.

To make our space cozy, children made pillows, added blankets, and soft rugs. Some children chose spices like cinnamon to include in small jars to have “calming scents.” Other things children compiled a list of all the visuals children in our kvutzah (group) associated with the word “peace.” Some of the things collected were shells, sand, pictures of puppies, and paper to doodle with. Shells we placed around the perimeter and pictures of puppies, drawings of peace were hung up around the inside.

Yesterday in Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” for 4th grade and “oak trees” for 5th grades) we continued the process of closing out the year together.  With just a few sessions left, it was time to say goodbye to our Sukkat Shlomecha (shelter of peace). At the beginning of session we took a moment to reflect on some of the moments we found peace in the Sukkat Shlomecha (shelter of peace), or a time it was used and was helpful.

Taking the Sukkat Shlomecha (shelter of peace) down was just as much of a communal effort as putting it up. I look forward to seeing what other awesome things children in Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” for 4th grade and “oak trees” for 5th grades)  create to find peace as they grow older!

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