Category Archive: Tu B’Shevat

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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Jan 13

The birthday of the trees!

This week in Shorashim-Shteelim we introduced ט״ו בשבת (Tu-Bi’Shvat)- the BIRTHDAY of the עצים (Etseem – trees)! How exciting! After finding out about the different ways in which עצים (Etseem – trees) give us presents in our lives, we explored different ways of celebrating the trees’ birthday. we had our own Garden, to plant different …

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Jan 12

Tip Top Tree

This week in Yetzirah (creativity/art) we have been thinking about how עצים (Etz-eem – trees) give us so many wonderful things. Sometimes עצים (Etz-eem – trees) produce פירות (peyrot – fruit) that are so yummy to eat!   With watercolor paints, we painted some of our favorite fruits to put on the עֵץ (eytz – tree) in the Shorashim and Shteelim classroom. We …

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Jan 07

Tree Party!

Tu B’Shevat is coming up! We are all so excited about the birthday of Etzim (trees)! It was surprising for some of the children to learn that the Sheymot (names) of their Kvutzot (groups) came from parts of a tree! We did some tree yoga with Shorashim (nursery children) and Shteelim (kindergarten children) to embody …

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Jan 21

Let’s Plant a Tree!

The children in Shalom Chaverim were busy this week preparing to sow some real seeds. What a wonderful reason to get our hands dirty! It’s a challenge for developing fine motor skills to place such tiny seeds into the dirt, but the children all had the chance to place parsley seeds inside their pots and …

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Jan 11

Exploring Trees in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim were busy this week preparing for Tu B’Shevat by exploring trees in many different ways. There were trees to build with and for. As the children built, they explored the textures, shapes, and colors of the different trees. We also examined the blocks and wooden shapes together– the children are …

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Jun 12

HaSefer Sheli (My Book)

At some point this past week your child(ren) probably brought home a whole mess of totally awesome stuff they created at the Jewish Enrichment Center over the past year. One of them most definitely was their HaSefer Sheli. They completed this book in Yetzirah to review all those great things they learned and remember fun …

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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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Feb 06

Our Matzah Covers Get More Color

This week in yetzirah we’ve been busy adding more and more color to our matzah covers. First the Anafimers generously and creatively illustrated the six items we traditionally see on a seder plate during פסח (Pesach). They were then made into stamps. Our matzah covers were tie-dyed with natural ingredients… so why couldn’t we paint with natural …

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