Category Archive: Sukkot

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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Oct 28

Designing Our Own Sukkot

This sukkah represents freedom. The round table represents equality.     This sukkah shows a scene from when the Hasmonean kings were in charge. King Alexander Yannai refused to do the ritual in the Temple the way the people believed it should be done, and they pelted him with etrogrim (etrogs, a fruit we use …

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Oct 27

Sukkot is Zeman Simchateinu, the Time of Us Being Happy!

Here in Beit Shorashim v Shteelim (nursery and kindergarten) we are exploring our feelings about סוכות (Sukkot). One way we explored our feelings about סוכות (Sukkot) was by building our own סוכות (sukkot).   We explored our feelings about סוכות (Sukkot) is by shaking the לולב (lulav) and אתרוג (etrog)   We explored our feelings about סוכות (Sukkot) by listening to music …

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Oct 27

Sukkah City

We did it! After planning… Building… Gathering natural materials for building and decorations (and enjoying a beautiful fall morning during Sukkot)… More building… Poster-making… And setting up the space, The יום רביעי (yom revi’i, Wednesday) group got to show our younger friends our three-part סוכה (sukkah) city exhibit!   We have the “wilderness” exhibit, inspired …

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Oct 23

A Whole Lotta Teamwork

Overheard in the יצירה (yetzirah–art/creativity) studio today: “Can you hand me the tape?” “What if we connect our chains?” “Here you hold this while I connect the walls.” Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st/2nd grade) children were more than ready to work together to execute some large-scale sukkot designs. Working in groups of three, children had access to …

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