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Date registered: August 13, 2011
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  1. An Update About Grandma Edna — February 28, 2019
  2. It’s Time to Meet With the Rabbi — February 28, 2019
  3. Responsibility, Community — February 22, 2019
  4. Coming Home — February 14, 2019
  5. Growing up? — February 7, 2019

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Feb 28

An Update About Grandma Edna

Yes, it looks like one of Edna’s granddaughters will be heading to the wedding canopy! In the meantime, the creators of Edna are wrestling with a challenge we all face: how do we work for change on our planet? With a peer, one of Edna’s creators (right) read articles about three different organizations related to …

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Feb 28

It’s Time to Meet With the Rabbi

Jackyn and Bartolo are getting married! Well, they’re not engaged yet, but the wedding is definitely on. Yesterday, the creators of Jackyn (and Bartolo) met with Rabbi David Minkus for a pre-marriage conversation. “Mazal tov! What an honor. I love meeting with couples,” he said. Then he proceeded to stump our creators with his first …

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Feb 22

Responsibility, Community

What are the identities of the imaginary characters we will hold dear for the next several months? The decision seems much more weighty than a year ago. As our imaginary characters begin to come to life again, middle schoolers are weighing potential characters’ life choices: should my character go to college even if he wants …

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Feb 14

Coming Home

“Oh, I remember this!” “I’m so proud of this!” Our imaginary characters are back! The energy in our room skyrocketed. Everyone talked at once (which isn’t very different from how the middle schoolers usually interact with each other). We’ve said good-bye to a few beloved characters. The creator of Big Shaq, our Roman soldier who …

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Feb 07

Growing up?

Snippets from this week’s conversations about becoming B-Mitzvah (which happens whether or not we choose to celebrate it, which is important, because not all of us are sure that we want to have a public ritual)… “I really think Torah should be part of your Bat Mitzvah. It’s not just about reading Torah. But a …

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Feb 01

Individual and Communal Responsibility

Who gets to decide if I go to war? We opened our segment on “Conscientious Objector” with a deep looking at Picasso’s Guernica, and most middle schoolers zeroed in on that part with the mom holding her dead child. Oh, my goodness. Should my country get to decide if I serve? Should I have the …

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Jan 25

Tu B’Shevat, Ethical Eating, and Conscientious Objection

It was a full week in Middle School. In three days, we touched THREE topics. How unusual! We’ve been exploring Jewish decision-making. Soon, our imaginary characters will spring back to life with topics like organ donation, ethical kashrut, and conscientious objection as part of their world. Our three topics came as we concluded one topic …

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Jan 17

A Squid and an Orca Under the Chuppah

A wedding! A wedding! Um, what’s in a Jewish wedding? Middle School has been exploring Jewish weddings. Turns out that there’s A LOT that’s different about a Jewish wedding from a “TV wedding.” First of all, we had a TON of new words and concepts to understand: what’s a ketubah? why are there two ceremonies …

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Jan 10

Launching Our New Exploration

“What do YOU want our next topic to be?” I asked the middle schoolers. “Can we do something with our imaginary characters? Please? Please!!” Absolutely! Do you, dear reader, remember Jackyn, our first-year college student on the cheerleading squad, who Skypes her long-distance boyfriend to light Shabbat candles together, but then turns off her cell …

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Sep 13

Listening for Yom Kippur

Listen: the children are telling us what we need to know. This week at our end-of-session singing time, we asked children to tell their grown-ups what they love to do as a family and want to do more frequently. We asked children to tell their grown-ups what they wish their grown-ups would do less of. We …

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