Category Archive: Chagim (Jewish Holidays)

Nov 05

Exploring Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the children began an exploration of Shabbat. Of course, the way young children explore just about any concept is through rich sensory exploration– so, together with our grown ups, that’s exactly what we did. Through stories and songs and games, we heard about some of the special foods Jewish people …

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Sep 28

Building Community Though Building a Sukkah

The beginning of a new school year is a time of transition. In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ kindergarten), we are setting routines for our day, welcoming new children, and trying to figure out what it means to be part of our classroom community. This is a perfect time for us to be …

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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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Sep 07

We’re back!

We’re back! After a summer apart, we are thrilled to be back for our first week at the Jewish Enrichment Center. And what a joyful week of kindness, community building, and trying new thing’s it’s been! We’ve kindly offered each other strategies for finding out the names of Hebrew letters. We’ve tried a new way to …

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Sep 05

Making Connections At Camp

  During camp this summer, at the Jewish Enrichment Center, nursery-1st grade children made connections to each other and the world around us! During our first week we explored social stories though dramatic play, building, art and cooking. For our purposes, social stories are, “stories about take care of each other at the Jewish Enrichment …

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May 15

Shorashim Gets Ready for Shavuot

The Jewish holiday of שבועות (Shavuot – weeks) is coming up, and Shorashim is getting ready! We have been searching for as many shins (ש) as we can find, to help us learn how to spell Shavuot. We made some flower art outside, to enjoy the warm spring-time weather!  We’ll be sure to use our art to decorate our …

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May 08

Shorashim Teaches Us How To Show Chesed

Shorashim has been learning how to show חסד (chesed – kindness) like Ruth in Megillat Rut.  In Megillat Rut, she shows חסד by sharing her barley.  That is certainly one way that we can still show חסד, but there are so many other non-barley related ways!  Throughout our day in Shorashim last week, we noted times …

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May 01

Shorashim Helps Dubi the Bear

This past week Shorashim discovered a visitor in our space: Dubi the Bear!  He is a staple at the Jewish Enrichment Center who lives in our סִפְרִיָה (sifriyah – library).  He wasn’t feeling very well, and he heard that Shorashim was learning about showing חסד (chesed – kindness) to each other, so he decided to come on …

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Apr 24

Shorashim Cooks Barley Pudding!

Shorashim has been reading Megillat Rut, a story from the Tanach in which Ruth gleans barley from a field.  Last week we talked about using a variety of our senses to experience the barley but we were missing a key sense: taste!  This week we cooked barley in the form of barley pudding!  Let Shorashim …

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Apr 17

Shorashim’s Wheat Works of Art!

Shorashim has been learning about Megillat Rut.  In the story, Ruth gleans barley from a field. Being city children, we needed some tactile experience with some barley/wheat to understand what exactly she was doing in that field.   We not only got to see, feel, and smell the wheat plant, we got to paint with …

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