Category Archive: Shavuot

May 10

Tzedakah Play

The past few sessions Shorashim (‘Roots’ for Nursery) has been playing צדקה (Tzedakah) different ways. We have figured out that צדקה (Tzedakah) is money we give to help people who need it, but צדקה (Tzedakah) might be used to help in different ways. צדקה (Tzedakah) might be given to help people who are hungry but צדקה (Tzedakah) …

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May 04

Piecing together Shavuot

What is שבועות (Shavuot; the festival of ‘weeks’) all about? ענפים (Anafim; ‘branches’ for 3rd-4th grade children) know three major things the תורה (Torah) says about שבועות (Shavuot): It celebrates the wheat harvest; it comes after counting the עומר (Omer), which takes place over a period of 7 weeks; and the Ancient Israelites should celebrate it by bringing ביכורים (bikkurim; “first …

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May 03

Tzedakah Stories here there and everywhere

This week Shteelim and Shorashim (Buds and Saplings for our Nursery and Kindergarten) children started playing inside the theme of צדקה (Tzedakah). Shteelim children started telling their own צדקה stories with Morah Shterna as well as building, drawing, or acting out a different story that they wanted to tell. Shorashim children started hearing stories about צדקה and …

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Apr 27

Shorashim V’Shteelim Shavuot!

This week Shorashim (roots for nursery) and Shteelim (saplings for kindergarten) started our new theme, שבועות (Shavuot). We have been playing מגילת רות (Megillat Rut- The Book of Ruth), which is a special Jewish book that some Jews read or hear on שבועות (Shavuot). Much of our play has focused on three main characters – …

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Apr 28

Our Omer

This week in Yetzirah (art/creativity) all the different kevutzot (groups) worked together on parts of the Omer calendar. Anafim created the שבעת המינים (Sheva Minim – Seven Species) to decorate the bottom and symbolize the upcoming holiday of Shavuot.   Shorashim and Shteelim painted with watercolors little cards to keep track of the 49 days from the second …

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May 22

Walking Inside the Sphere of an Idea

Walking Inside the Sphere of an Idea This post originally appeared on the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel Alumni community listserv. Rabbi Rebecca went on the Bronfman fellowship trip to Israel at age 17 and still participates in the alumni community. The Bronfman trip emphasizes deep text study and pluralistic Jewish community. Sound familiar?  The child …

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Apr 08

Making our Omer calendar

It’s that time of the year.  Since we are in Pesach (Passover), we at the Jewish Enrichment Center started to think about how we were going to count the Omer this year.  The Omer is the period of 49 days that some Jews count between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot.  Pesach (Passover) is the way in …

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Jun 03

Shorashim Takes On Some Challenges

This week Shorashim talked a bit about Shavuot and took on some exciting challenges! We focused our Shavuot explorations about the harvest aspect: we were inspired by pictures we had of various fruit and flowers that grow in spring and drew our own interpretations of them, as well as pictures of some other plants we …

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May 07

Yoga Chayot, Teva, Pesach and Shavuot!

Every Wednesday after Shirah/Tfillah the children and I do yoga together. It started out as a movement break while only speaking Hebrew. But as time went on, they learned more and more Hebrew and needed more of a challenge. So we did Yoga Teva taking them through the cycle of a grown plant or tree. …

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Apr 24

Let’s Start Counting!

It’s that time again! Starting the second night of Pesach we count 7 weeks or 49 days until the next holiday, Shavuot. This is called the Counting of the Omer. At the Jewish Enrichment Center we count together during Shirah/Tfillah at the end of each day with a hand made calendar. Shorashim, Nitzanim and Anafim …

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