Category Archive: Pesach

Apr 20

A Community Celebration

On חגים (chagim–holidays), we do things differently at the Jewish Enrichment Center. We put away our writing materials, we don’t take photos or use our iPads, and we spend time as a whole community. It’s our way of marking the holiday as special or different and an opportunity for children of all ages to celebrate …

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Apr 07

Anafim taking the wheel

“Ok, we know all the other parts of the סדר (Seder, the ritual Passover meal). But what is נרצה (Nirtzah)? Our chart just has a picture of moon and stars.” “Let’s go downstairs and look at the הגדות (Haggadot, guidebooks for the Seder) set out at the book fair to see what they say.” “Okay, but we …

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Apr 06

Bake Sale for Hunger

This week, children in our mixed-age חוגים (chugim, Pesach electives) were given a text from the seder that says, “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and celebrate Passover.” When asked how they want to help hungry people in Chicago, they came up with a plan to …

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Apr 05

Pesach book making and tasting

In Beit Shorashim and Shteelim this week we worked hard on the books that each child was going to bring home for their seder. Shorashim children created a book about the different items on the seder plate and their smells and taste of those items. The Shteelim children made books with the different parts of …

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Apr 04

The Joy of a Challenge

There has been such joy this week in Beit Nitzanim as children take on new Hebrew challenges! What a sense of accomplishment when a child can choose her own way to explore and track her progress! One second grader has been working to sound out and write a giant stack of Passover-related Hebrew words. She’s already …

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Apr 02

Pesach Explorations in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim are exploring the sights, sounds, and even tastes of Pesach. Many of the objects we are examining are new and exciting for us– so lots of rich conversations are happening as children make meaning of what they see and feel. “Whats on the Seder plate?” is a question we posed …

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Mar 30

Pesach is in the air

Can you hear it?     Audio: Groups of ענפים (Anafim, “branches” for 3rd-4th grade) children practicing different songs from the סדר (Seder; “order;” the ritual Passover meal). Pictured: A child reading from ספר שמות (Sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus) as she reviews the story of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.  

Mar 30

Pesach Learning!

“What do you think you know about פסח (Pesach, Passover)?” When asked this question, Alonimers had many things to say! They talked about the Pesach story (“Moshe was in a basket and Pharoh’s daughter found him”), things people might do on Pesach (“There’s a seder plate,” “We recline,” “We sing songs”), and food that some people …

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Mar 29

Shorashim and Shteelim Prepare for Pesach!

Shorashim (roots for nursery) and Shteelim (saplings for kindergarten) are getting ready for פסח (Pesach- Passover)! We are playing games in order to help us become familiar with the vocabulary of the סדר (Seder) plate and מה נשתנה (Ma Nishtanah- The Four Questions). Puzzles to practice עברית (Hebrew) words for סדר (Seder) plate items. Finding …

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Mar 28

Community Expectations Revisited

We spend so much time in our kevutzot (groups) practicing being a community. We really care about being together and shaping a community that is kind and thoughtful, caring and safe, and just loves to be together! Even in March, we are still deliberately working on building community. And then, when we get together with children from other kevutzot (groups), …

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