Emma Davis

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Name: Emma Davis
Date registered: September 27, 2018

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  1. Pesach Creation — April 18, 2019
  2. Running with the Rabbis — April 10, 2019
  3. Sprinting Towards Pesach — April 3, 2019
  4. Celebrating Our Growth — March 15, 2019
  5. Is it Purim Yet? — March 8, 2019

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Apr 18

Pesach Creation

As Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade) slides into week three of our Pesach (Passover) preparation, the creative frenzy has not faltered. After years of learning about Pesach, these Anafimers know their stuff and are excited to share their ideas and explore new ones about Pesach. Anafimers are hard at work in the studio, …

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Apr 10

Running with the Rabbis

To prepare for Pesach (Passover) this year, Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade) are diving deep into conversation with some of the ancient rabbis to consider different ways to interpret Pesach. We started with the Mishnah, a set of books from the early rabbis compiled around 210 C.E. The Mishnah says that a seder …

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Apr 03

Sprinting Towards Pesach

Anafim is back from spring break and ready for Pesach (Passover)!! These second and third graders came already remembering so many things about Pesach (Passover) — like the things that go on the seder plate, the 10 plagues, and the text from Exodus that chronicles the Israelites getting out of slavery in Mitzrayim (Egypt). Even …

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Mar 15

Celebrating Our Growth

As the winter quarter wraps up, Anafim has so much to celebrate! On Sunday, Anafimers shared their לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel – “to pray”) final projects with their families and communities. Children exuded joy and pride as they got to share all of their hard work and big ideas from this theme. All of the ways in …

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Mar 08

Is it Purim Yet?

We’ve added the finishing touches to our projects, edited our artist statements, and took one final moment to share our work with each other. And now Anafim cannot wait to share their projects with the world at our Family Exploration and Celebration on Sunday! In the meantime, we’ve started our exploration of Purim! Without me …

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Feb 27

Creating and Collaborating

With just a few sessions left until the Family Exploration and Celebration, Beit Anafim is abuzz with excitement towards wrapping up their final projects. Each child is immersed in a unique project that both showcases their distinctive ideas about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) and challenges them to express those thoughts and feelings in a modality that interests …

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Feb 22

Synthesis through Storytelling

This week, Anafimers have put their brains on their final projects for our לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) theme. Through buildings and books, they’re telling stories about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) to show all of the big ideas that they’ve generated over the past weeks of our theme. The children’s nascent stories display both an intense grappling with the diverse, …

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Jan 30

What are They Doing?

After a week of exploring what people might wear on their bodies לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel), like a טַלִּית (tallit) or תְּפִלִּין (tefillin), the Anafim anthropology team has shifted toward investigating what people are actually doing when they choose לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). We continued our close looking at pictures and videos of lots of different types of לְהִתְפַּלֵל …

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Jan 23

Heading into the Field

As anthropologists investigating our new theme, להתפלל (L’hitpalel), we’ve asked LOTS of questions. When we looked closely at pictures and videos of להתפלל (L’hitpalel), we noticed that some people were wearing  טליתות (talitot). The second and third graders were curious — why would someone wear a טלית (talit)? When do they wear it? How do …

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Jan 16

Investigating Our New Theme

This week, Anafim took our first look at our new theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel). To begin our exploration, we took on the role of anthropologists. We looked closely at pictures and videos of people לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) and recorded all the things that we noticed and all of the questions that we had about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel). After …

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