Category Archive: Chagim (Jewish Holidays)

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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Oct 19

Shorashim Celebrates Simchat Torah with the Torah!

All this week, Shorashim celebrated Simchat Torah.  On Simchat Torah, we finish the end of the last book of the Torah, and start all over again at the beginning.  This holiday is typically celebrated with song, dance, and yup, you guessed it, the Torah! But what exactly is the Torah that we talk (and sing) …

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Oct 19

Shorashim Design a Torah

This week Shorashim (“Roots” for Nursery) explored the Torah to celebrate Simchat Torah! We arranged shapes on the projector to look at ways we could dress the Torah. And we discovered that we could use the projector in so many different ways to add to our play! We could project the Torah on ourselves We …

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Oct 15

Simchat Torah in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim celebrated Simchat Torah this week at the Jewish Enrichment center. It was with great joy and enthusiasm that the children explored the Torah. We are recognizing, identifying and searching for the Torah as we do puzzles, scoop corn meals in the sensory table, and share stories together.   We are …

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Oct 14

Middle Schoolers Lead Our Sukkot Celebration

For the past month, our sixth and seventh graders have been planning a Sukkot celebration for the entire Jewish Enrichment Center. Finally, our big day arrived! What a scramble to get everything ready! After all of our prep work was done, our language for giving instructions to younger children rehearsed, we took some time to …

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Oct 10

Shorashim Builds a Sukkah!

Over the past two weeks, Shorashim has been learning about the holiday of Sukkot.  Sukkot is a fall harvest holiday that is traditionally celebrated in a hut outside called a סוכה (sukkah – a hut/tent).  In order to better understand how a sukkah is made (and how much fun it can be inside one), we …

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Oct 10

Recipe for an Anafim sukkah

One quick review of what the Early Rabbis thought a סוכה (sukkah) needed to include, drawing on several years of research and experience, Lots of long, straight sticks for the structure (expertly scavenged and stripped), and leafy branches to go on top,      A ball of twine, good lashing skills, and a few extra pairs of hands …

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Oct 09

Determined

I believe that our children can do anything. They are creative and capable, and they amaze me everyday. But sometimes I ask them to do something that’s a little tricky, and it feels hard or frustrating. Last week, after children figured out the ancient early rabbis’ “rules” for building a סכה (sukkah—booth), they got to …

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Oct 04

Flowers for the Sukkah

  This week Shteelim (“saplings” for Kindergarten) made tissue paper flowers to decorate our סוּכָּה (sukkah)   We learned new techniques from each other “She used two colors! That’s cool!” “What? How did he make 3 layers?” We made so many in all different צְבָעִים (tzvaim– colors) “Which one should I- Oh! Red! Red! Red! I …

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Oct 02

Solving the Sukkah Puzzle

Can you see it, too? That focused determination? The team work? The excitement to solve the puzzle? Today we tried to figure out the “rules” of building a סכה (Sukkah—booth) according to the ancient, early rabbis of the Talmud (4th-6th centuries). We looked at pictures of lots of different סכות (sukkot—booths). They varied in size, shape, and material. Then we …

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