Sara Grossman

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Name: Sara Grossman
Date registered: August 18, 2014

Latest posts

  1. Interpretation in yetzirah (art/creativity) — October 4, 2019
  2. “How come this one is the same thing?” — September 25, 2019
  3. Turning toward each other — September 11, 2019
  4. A Discovery-Filled First Day — September 6, 2019
  5. Short and sweet — May 30, 2019

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  1. Exodus 16 for Nursery-2nd grade — 3 comments
  2. Genesis 40:1-23 (Yosef in Prison) for 1st-5th — 2 comments
  3. Exodus 16 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments
  4. Exodus 35-36 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments
  5. Genesis 12 for 1st-6th grades — 2 comments

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Oct 04

Interpretation in yetzirah (art/creativity)

Today, a child was feeling stuck. He wanted to show Adonai Elohim (God) removing the rib bone from the adam (human) and building ishah (woman) in Genesis 2, but he wasn’t sure how to draw it. I posed the question to his peers, “How might Child A show this part?” and immediately we had a …

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Sep 25

“How come this one is the same thing?”

We’re a few weeks into our Adam v’Adamah Torah theme, and Nitzanim first and second graders have been working hard on listening to their “inner voice” when we read and discuss text together at כיבוד (kibud–snack) Their inner voice is a reaction to the text that might come in the form of a question, feeling, …

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Sep 11

Turning toward each other

All year we work to build community in our kevutzot (groups). A foundation of trust, respect, and safety allows children at the Jewish Enrichment Center to wrestle deeply with text, ask profound questions, and create a Judaism that is personally meaningful and connects them to the ancient and ongoing Jewish conversation through the centuries. Even …

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Sep 06

A Discovery-Filled First Day

We started our VERY FIRST theme of the year on the VERY FIRST day of Nitzanim with a trip to visit the Torah! And guess what else?!? Our text is the VERY FIRST words of the whole Torah! Wow, that’s a lot of firsts! Nitzanim first and second graders were ready with their keen skills …

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May 30

Short and sweet

It was a short week in Beit Nitzanim, but we filled it it up with joyous Hebrew play… … and designing a masterpiece. See you next week!

May 20

A new project

It’s hard to believe that we only have a few weeks left before we say goodbye for the summer. Nitzanim children are beginning to reflect on all of the learning, playing, and growing we’ve done as a community this year. Today we started working on a final project that makes visible the immense kindness and …

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May 09

Searching for examples

This week, Nitzanim children are diving into the Book of Ruth to search for examples of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ(nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden). After hearing the text read aloud, children created comics, buildings, and collages. This second pass at the text is an opportunity to extend their thinking, use their …

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May 01

Sharing stories

We’re on the second day of our new theme, נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ(Nosei v’ol im chaveiro–Help a friend carry a burden), and today children told stories of times they helped a friend with something difficult. We’re beginning to generate examples of different kinds of burdens like the burden of chores or tasks, hurt feelings, injuries, …

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Apr 23

Helping Ourselves and Each Other During Zeman Ivrit (Hebrew Time)

It’s spring quarter (can you believe it?), and by now Nitzanim children know A LOT of strategies for helping themselves and each other during זמן עברית (zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time). “Sit in a quiet, calm place.” “Talk in a regular voice.” “Practice many times.” “Give a friend an Aleph-Bet chart.” “Say to a friend, ‘I don’t …

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Apr 15

Tough stuff

Over the last two weeks Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade) children have been wrestling with some really tough stuff. They had to keep straight the Mishnah, which says to tell the story at the seder from the “hard stuff” to the “awesome stuff” (Mishnah Pesachim 10:4). Then they had to keep track of two different …

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