Category Archive: Chanukah

Dec 19

Chanukkah Joy

Gather around! It’s time to light the נרות (nerot–candles) for Chanukkah. How wonderful to be able to celebrate Chanukkah together over the last week, cozy together as the נרות (nerot–candles) burned. We’ve played competitive games of סביבון (sevivon–dreidel). Created our own beeswax נרות (nerot–candles) to take home. And even made special Chanukkah-shaped עגיות (ugiyot–cookies). We hope your …

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Dec 15

Play, explore, celebrate

We’re still reeling from the excitement and energy of a fascinating first theme. The ענפים (Anafim, “branches” for 3rd-4th grade) projects are up in the social hall, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet. And what better way to unwind and celebrate than with חנוכה (Hanukkah)! Here are a few things Anafim love about חנוכה (Hanukkah): -Special משחקים (mischakim– …

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Dec 14

Shteelim Chanukah Story

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been listening to and playing the Chanukah story. The following narrative outlines the Chanukah story as told by Shteelim (different children on different days).   “There was a king, Antiochus. Before the king, Jews could do Jewish things like celebrate Jewish holidays and maybe they sang Aleph-Bet.” “The …

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Dec 11

Chanukkah Everywhere!

We see חנוכה (Chanukkah) everywhere! “Look a menorah!” “Another menorah! It has a helper candle.” We weren’t sure about this one because it looked a little different, but then we counted. It had שמונה (shmoneh–eight) places for נרות (nerot–candles) and one place for the שמש (shamash–helper candle). Must be a חנוכייה (chanukkiyah–Chanukkah menorah). A סביבון (sevivon–dreidel), too! We even had a Chanukkah …

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Nov 30

Chanukah is Coming!

This week in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) we are exploring the objects and symbols associated with Chanukah. We started out by doing some careful looking a Chanukah photographs:   Child 1: “That’s a menorah! I see a Jewish star!”  Child 2: “It looks like its made out of metal.” Child 1: “You light candles each …

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Dec 15

Wondering about History

Wow. Did you see our במדבר (Bamidbar, “In the Wilderness) projects? (Well, did you? They’re still up downstairs in the social hall– go check them out if you haven’t yet!) We could easily end the quarter just riding on our pride and excitement about the work we did together there. But we had a week left, between the end …

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Dec 14

Three Possible Conclusions

Did you know that there are three different sources that explain what happened after the Temple was recaptured and rededicated (made clean again)? Children had a chance to become experts on one ending and then explain their ending to their peers. Here’s what they had to say: Book of Maccabees I: Chapter 4 Child 1 …

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Dec 04

Ready for Hanukkah

In Shalom Chaverim this week, we are busy exploring the sights and symbols of Hanukkah. We are counting the candles (in English and Hebrew!) as we fit them into real hanukkiyot, in the kitchen area and inside a sensory table, buried in rice.   We are touching and manipulating (and sometimes even tasting!) the candles …

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Dec 11

Chanukah Skits!

Anafim LOVES to act! Our 3rd – 5th grade children named one of their goals for the year as: Do Skits. This week, after so much individual work on final projects for our theme, we came together for some seriously fun whole-group collaboration. Our new moreh (teacher), Ben, led us in improv games. Then we designed skits about …

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Dec 10

Hanukkah is Coming in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim are exploring the shapes, symbols, and signs of Hanukkah. We are counting out candles for our hanukkiyot, and building our spoken vocabulary as we use words like “shamash” and “hanukkiyah.” We are sharing special Hanukkah stories and songs with one another. We are having the chance to explore and interact …

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