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Nov 14

Gathering Our Big Ideas

In Beit Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade), we are gearing up to start our final projects about Ya’akov and Esav! For our project, we’re asking ourselves, “Which part of the text do I think is most important to Ya’akov and Esav’s relationship?” We’ll use collages to show that part of the text and …

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Nov 13

It’s (finally) Final Project Season!

In Nitzanim (“Buds” for first graders) we are SO excited to be working with chalk pastel for our final projects!!!   Each of us has selected a question or concept we want to get to the bottom of. Some of us have questions like… What kind of mommy is Rivka (Rebecca)? Is what happens fair? How do …

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Nov 05

Exploring Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the children began an exploration of Shabbat. Of course, the way young children explore just about any concept is through rich sensory exploration– so, together with our grown ups, that’s exactly what we did. Through stories and songs and games, we heard about some of the special foods Jewish people …

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Oct 21

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

For the past two weeks, the zero-three year olds and their grown-ups in Shalom Chaverim have been investigating a special Jewish book– the Torah!   We unrolled a Torah together, and peered inside. We discovered lots of Hebrew letters written on soft parchment! We cared for our own (toddler-friendly!) Torah by building it an aron hakodesh  …

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Oct 16

Movie Stills From Ya’akov v’Esav

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have started listening to and playing our Torah theme text, Ya’akov v’Esav (Genesis 25:20-28), which you can find here. For many young children, the first time they hear a text like this, they might only be able to really hear a few words. In our case, the children …

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Oct 16

Genesis 25:20 – 28

Genesis 25:20 – 28 for nursery and kindergarten children 20 … Yitzchak was 40 years old, when he married Rivkah… 21 For many years they had no children. Yitzchak prayed to God for his wife. She became pregnant with twins. 22 Then, the babies were crushing each other inside of her. She said, “Why is this happening …

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Sep 30

Sukkot in Shalom Chaverim!

This week in Shalom Chaverim was a joyous celebration of Sukkot all together.   Before we could celebrate, though, the zero-three year olds in Shalom Chaverim had a big question to answer: what is a sukkah, exactly? We set to work exploring sukkot through songs, through building, and through sensory play. Look at some of …

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Sep 21

Anafim v’Alonim Exploring Our New Theme!

It’s already our third week as Anafim v’ Alonim! We’ve begun to dig into our text for this theme, Ya’akov v’Esav! This week when reading through the text the children searched for expressive words that stood out to them. Crushing, serve, stronger, greater…. WOW so many important words!   I’m amazed by the different ways …

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Sep 14

Genesis 25: 19-26

Genesis 25:19-26 for 4th-5th grade children 19 This is [about] the descendents of Yitzchak, the son of Avraham. Avraham had Yitzchak, 20 and when Yitzchak was 40 years old, he took Rivkah (who was the daughter of B’tuel, an Aramean from Padan-Aram, and the sister of Lavan the Aramean) to be his wife. 21 And …

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May 31

Celebrations Are Around the Corner!

  We are so excited to see you all this Sunday for the last Family Exploration and Celebration of the year.  It begins at 9am followed by a picnic at Harold Washington Park at 10:30am and Pack-Up at 11:30am!  Our children have been wrapping up the different projects they have been working on this theme …

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