Category Archive: Tu B’Shevat

Jan 25

Tu B’Shevat, Ethical Eating, and Conscientious Objection

It was a full week in Middle School. In three days, we touched THREE topics. How unusual! We’ve been exploring Jewish decision-making. Soon, our imaginary characters will spring back to life with topics like organ donation, ethical kashrut, and conscientious objection as part of their world. Our three topics came as we concluded one topic …

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Jan 20

Tu B’Shevat in Shalom Chaverim

Tu B’Shevat is a special holiday for young children. The past two weeks in Shalom Chaverim have been all about exploring trees, growing things, and planting. Look at all of the wonderful things we did! There were trees to count, to touch, and to press into play dough. We even built our own trees using …

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Jan 11

Anafim Gets the Band Back Together

Are you ready to rock?! Beit Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders) is gearing up to drop the HOTTEST singles of 5779. In honor of Tu B’Shevat, we’re writing songs that are all about etzim (trees). We started by exploring our instruments. We experimented to see the different ways we could use them to …

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Jan 10

Shorashim V’Shteelim Made It Out of Clay

  This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we celebrated (Tu B’Shevat) by getting our hands dirty making sculptures for etz’im (trees). First, we saw what it was like to manipulate the clay however we wanted. A lot of us felt like making flat discs. Some of us used our …

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Feb 06

Shorashim Plants for Tu B’Shevat!

On Tu B’Shevat we celebrate the birthday of the trees!  One traditional way to celebrate is by planting.  We did some pretend planting… And look!  We had some trees… …and an apple grow! Later, we did some real planting! First, we added some dirt. Next, we put in some seeds! Then we covered the seeds …

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Jan 29

My kind of play

There is so much joy in being able to choose how you want to play and explore! Some of us just LOVE to show our ideas with glue and paint and paper. Others of us like to get our hands into sand to dive for Hebrew letters. We might really love to sort and feel …

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Jan 29

It’s Time for Tu B’Shevat!

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish celebration of the birthday of the trees, was made for hands on, scientific exploration… and there was lots of that happening in Shalom Chaverim this week. After posing the question “What fruits come from trees?” the children set to work exploring lots of different kinds of fruit together. We noticed that …

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Jan 25

Let’s Get Ready for Tu B’Shevat!

This week in Tu B’Shevat was all about exploring plants, trees, and even dirt as we prepare to celebrate Tu B’Shevat. We made our own trees, with play dough and lots of beautiful leaves and flowers.   We planted our own seeds after decorating our own pots. We can’t wait to see what grows! We built …

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Feb 09

Tu B’Shevat

This week in Beit Shorashim V’Shteelim (nursery and kindergarten) we are explorinֿg ט׳׳ו בשבט (Tu B’Shevat). We have been thinking about all of the things that עצים (etzim- trees) provide us with – “etzim give us shade”, “they give us fruit, apples and bananas”, “they give us wood for building” – and have been playing …

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Jan 18

A Special Day in India

Special Days are full days of Jewish Enrichment where we get to spend the whole day playing and discovering with materials that captivate us! This year, we’re traveling around the world with Jewish folktales. At each Special Day we choose a folktale and country to explore and we find out about different ways to be …

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