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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 plating. 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 17

A Squid and an Orca Under the Chuppah

A wedding! A wedding! Um, what’s in a Jewish wedding? Middle School has been exploring Jewish weddings. Turns out that there’s A LOT that’s different about a Jewish wedding from a “TV wedding.” First of all, we had a TON of new words and concepts to understand: what’s a ketubah? why are there two ceremonies …

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Jan 10

Growing Skills for Partner Work

I continue to be struck by the way that Nitzanim children have been delighted all year to work with a partner. We’ve worked so hard as a community to intentionally build our skills for kind partnership, and I’ve been amazed to see how seriously children take up this challenge. Check out everything we’ve been practicing: …

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Jan 10

Launching Our New Exploration

“What do YOU want our next topic to be?” I asked the middle schoolers. “Can we do something with our imaginary characters? Please? Please!!” Absolutely! Do you, dear reader, remember Jackyn, our first-year college student on the cheerleading squad, who Skypes her long-distance boyfriend to light Shabbat candles together, but then turns off her cell …

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Dec 13

Chanukah Continues In Anafim v’Alonim!

This week in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grade and “Oak Trees” for 5th) are powering through their Chanukah projects.  There are three possible endings to the Chanukah story that children have been exploring for the past couple of weeks.  Some children are comparing the different endings while others are digging deep into one or two. …

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Dec 13

Celebrating Hanukkah in Shalom Chaverim

Over the past two weeks, the zero to three years olds (and their grown-ups!) in Shalom Chaverim have been celebrating and exploring Hanukkah together. There were ritual objects to explore in many ways. The children discovered hanukkiyot buried in the sensor table, in stories, in singing, and even through artistic expression. As the children developed a deeper understanding …

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Dec 12

Anafim Dives Deeper into Chanukah

What a month we’ve had in Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade)! Not only did we finish up and celebrate the amazing work we did for our Ya’akov v’Esav final projects, but we’ve also started mini-projects to explore the different possible endings to the Chanukah story! While the Ya’akov v’Esav collages allowed the children …

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Dec 07

Chanukkah Is Here!

What a week it has been for Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grade and “Oak Trees” for 5th)! The final touches were put on children’s Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) projects and we quickly launched our Chanukkah celebration. Children are already full of ideas about their projects! After a few focused sessions, many children mastered …

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Dec 06

Chanukah Joy

It’s finally Chanukah! Every child at the Jewish Enrichment Center has worked SO HARD to finish up their final project for our Ya’akov v’Esav theme. They can’t wait to share their work and continue the conversation at our Family Celebration and Exploration in just a few days! With the projects wrapped up, we’re diving into …

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Nov 18

Shabbat Explorations in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim marked the conclusion of our exploration of the holiday of Shabbat (for now!) Over the past several weeks, the toddlers and their grown ups in Shalom Chaverim have been busily exploring many of the symbols of Shabbat: special foods, candlesticks, and other ritual objects. The children had opportunities to paint, …

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