Amy Barriger

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Name: Amy Barriger
Date registered: August 23, 2013
URL: http://jewishenrichment

Latest posts

  1. Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim — April 27, 2018
  2. Exploring the Mezuzzah in Shalom Chaverim — April 8, 2018
  3. What Do You See/Touch/Feel/Smell on the Seder Plate? — March 8, 2018
  4. Preparing for Purim in Shalom Chaverim — February 22, 2018
  5. It’s Time for Tu B’Shevat! — January 29, 2018

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Apr 27

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

This week, our exploration of Jewish objects in Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!”) expanded to include a special book– The Torah! Together, the 0-3 year old children and their grown ups had the chance to explore the Torah in many different ways. We shared Torah stories together. and we examined many images of the Torah from …

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Apr 08

Exploring the Mezuzzah in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the 0-3 year old children (and their grown ups!) set off to explore an important Jewish object– the mezuzzah! Together, we answered such questions as– what’s a mezuzzah? And… what’s inside there? We noticed the Hebrew letter shin– and we learned that inside is a special Jewish prayer, the Shema! …

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Mar 08

What Do You See/Touch/Feel/Smell on the Seder Plate?

Explorations of Pesach are underway in Shalom Chaverim! There were lots of new things to explore, to touch, and to play with. We are examining the Seder plate through play, through song, and through art. We are forming the objects we see using play dough, and counting how many spaces we see. We are examining …

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Feb 22

Preparing for Purim in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim was full of joyful preparation for the upcoming holiday– Purim! We set to work making and modeling lots of different costumes. First we worked with play dough, And then we moved onto paper. Peek-a-boo! What a joyful time! We explored the Purim story together, listening to an interactive puppet show …

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Jan 29

It’s Time for Tu B’Shevat!

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish celebration of the birthday of the trees, was made for hands on, scientific exploration… and there was lots of that happening in Shalom Chaverim this week. After posing the question “What fruits come from trees?” the children set to work exploring lots of different kinds of fruit together. We noticed that …

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Jan 25

Let’s Get Ready for Tu B’Shevat!

This week in Tu B’Shevat was all about exploring plants, trees, and even dirt as we prepare to celebrate Tu B’Shevat. We made our own trees, with play dough and lots of beautiful leaves and flowers.   We planted our own seeds after decorating our own pots. We can’t wait to see what grows! We built …

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Dec 17

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The past few weeks have included lots of joyful Hanukkah explorations in Shalom Chaverim.   There were Hanukkiyot for touching, feeling, covering and uncovering. We found the shamash (helper candle!) and counted the neirot (candles) in both English and Hebrew together as we filled the hanukkiyah. The children explored dreidels, and hanukkiyot as they used cookie cutters …

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Nov 19

Shabbat Around the World in Shalom Chaverim

In Shalom Chaverim, the children are continuing to explore the way Jewish people all around the world celebrate Shabbat. There were  opportunities to explore authentic ritual objects. The children moved, touched and manipulated candlesticks and a Kiddush cup as they created their own drawings of Shabbat objects. We even pretended to place candles inside the …

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Nov 12

Exploring Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

Over the past two weeks, the children in Shalom Chaverim have been exploring the different ways we experience Shabbat with our gufim (bodies.) We have prepared lots of Shabbat dinners to share with our special grownups! Today we used our senses to explore the ways we say “Shalom!” to Shabbat when it is time for …

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Oct 29

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

The zero-three year olds in Shalom Chaverim have been busy exploring the Torah together with their grown ups. What does it look like for toddlers to learn about the Torah? It looks like sensory exploration– touching the soft Torah cover, and exploring real ritual objects with all of our senses. We examined a real Yad …

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