Category Archive: Sh’mitah

Jun 08

Nitzanim Year in Review

Today children had the opportunity to work in small groups to make a skit highlighting their year. It seems like some of our special memories include pointing during the yom huledet (happy birthday) song, reading Hebrew together, writing on the aleph bet wall, making our bench, and so much more! Click on the video to hear directly from the …

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Jun 03

Concluding Our Year Together

This week to continue creating our book, children designed their individual pages and shared them with each other and we finished all of our theme and holiday pages together. It has been incredible to watch the community children are walking out with as our year ends and the excitement children have to share their work …

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Jun 03

Nitzanim makes a mosaic!

This week in yetzirah (art/creativity), Nitzanim worked together to create and finish their final project for the year, a mosaic bench.  For the last two weeks, children collaborated to create three symbols, one for each of our three main themes this past year, Hallel, Haggadah, and Sh’mitah.  Nitzanim thought, talked, and drew to invent unique, simplified …

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Jun 01

Why These Symbols?

Last week I wrote about Nitzanim planning the symbols for our final project, a mosaic bench! The symbols for our three main themes, Hallel, Haggadah, and Sh’mitah help us remember our explorations and discussions from the theme. Here are some of the ideas that children shared about why a music note is representative of our …

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May 27

Revisiting Explorations and Starting Our Final Project

Last week, we began our end of the year project in Beit Shorashim and we are well underway! We have decided to make a book that every child will get to take home with them to remember our year together. This book will include pages that are both designed by our whole community with our …

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May 25

Nitzanim Plans for Our Final Project

To celebrate and reflect on our year, Nitzanim is working on a special yetzirah (art/creativity) project–a mosaic bench! The children worked together to design the symbols for the bench, which represent our three main themes for the year: Hallel, Haggadah, and Sh’mitah. Children revisited our themes through photographs and then created sketches of potential symbols. The …

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May 21

Revisiting Meaningful Explorations as We Close the Year in Shteelim

This week in Shteelim, we wrapped up our Sh’mitah theme and moved into a time of reflection and remembering of the past year. In our final conversations about Sh’mitah, Shteelimers connected the Sh’mitah year to Shabbat as they came up with similarities and differences between the two traditions, and asked why we observe both in …

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May 20

Welcoming New Friends

This week, we had a special visit in Shorashim and invited our friends from Shalom Chaverim (infants through 36 months) who will be joining us next year to come explore our space. Many of them have not been in our room before so we wanted to introduce ourselves and show them some of our favorite things to do …

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May 18

Final Thoughts on Sh’mitah

Nitzanim wrapped up our שמיטה (Sh’mitah—release) theme yesterday and today. Children were urged to consider the many pieces we touched on during שמיטה (Sh’mitah—release) including farming (perennials, annuals, nutrients), rest (for the land and our bodies), and הפקר (hefker—ownerlessness) Here are some of their responses to the question, “how could שמיטה (sh’mitah—release) be good for our community?”: …

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May 18

What Does a Sh’mitah Year Look Like?

Anafi’ms ideas range from “The community garden is overgrown with wild plants going crazy because there is no one to tend it, because it’s שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah)” to “Poor people don’t have to work as hard to get food now…it’s more peaceful [the streets] because people aren’t asking for food.”        By the end of the week, …

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