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Dec 17

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The past few weeks have included lots of joyful Hanukkah explorations in Shalom Chaverim.   There were Hanukkiyot for touching, feeling, covering and uncovering. We found the shamash (helper candle!) and counted the neirot (candles) in both English and Hebrew together as we filled the hanukkiyah. The children explored dreidels, and hanukkiyot as they used cookie cutters …

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Nov 12

Exploring Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

Over the past two weeks, the children in Shalom Chaverim have been exploring the different ways we experience Shabbat with our gufim (bodies.) We have prepared lots of Shabbat dinners to share with our special grownups! Today we used our senses to explore the ways we say “Shalom!” to Shabbat when it is time for …

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Oct 29

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

The zero-three year olds in Shalom Chaverim have been busy exploring the Torah together with their grown ups. What does it look like for toddlers to learn about the Torah? It looks like sensory exploration– touching the soft Torah cover, and exploring real ritual objects with all of our senses. We examined a real Yad …

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Oct 27

Shorashim Loves to Play with Otiyot!

This week Shorashim could not get enough of our new אותיות (otiyot – Hebrew letters) materials! We brought in a large magnet board so we could play with our magnetic  אותיות (otiyot – Hebrew letters), and boy did our Shorashimers come up with some fun ways to play, starting with putting the  אותיות (otiyot – Hebrew letters) in …

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Oct 08

Sukkot in Shalom Chaverim!

This week, the children in Shalom Chaverim were busy preparing for a visit to the Sukkah!  Using blocks, the children set to work building their own sukkah to house some animal friends. The children even added branches to the top to create a roof– so the people (and alligators, and zebra!) inside could look up …

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Oct 05

Righteous or Wicked, What does it all Mean?

Alonim and Middle Schoolers wrestled with our text, Genesis 18. While last week we worked on our ideas of the cry, this week we took it slow, focusing on exploring the text wholly. They spent the week working on creative ways to interpret their questions. However, we reached a road block. Their exploration was stifled, …

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Sep 28

In the beginning…

Well, we’re not going all the way back to the very beginning. But in ענפים (Anafim- branches, for 3rd-4th grade), our first text of the year takes us back to Genesis 18, to the story of אברהם (Avraham) and שרה (Sarah), being visited by three mysterious strangers. Later in the chapter, God tells Avraham, “The cry of …

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Sep 27

Cozy Corners

In Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we are starting off the year by practicing different ways to take care of ourselves, one way we are taking care of ourselves is to take breaks when our brains and bodies need them. We have a cozy corner in our room with a soft rug, a giant pillow, natural …

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Sep 13

Shteelim Shofar Exploration

Earlier in the week, children spent a lot of time using  שופרות (shofarot)  in their play, they were really focused on sound.   The past two days, I brought a שופר (shofar) in a Mystery box. We sat down together and took turns putting our יד (yad– hand) in the box, just one of many ways we …

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Jun 08

Completing the Year on a Sweet Note

Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) had a wonderful last week of Jewish Enrichment for the שנה (shanah– year)! Playing one last game of מסטיק (Mastik– the Hebrew version of, “bubble gum, bubble gum in a dish”)! Last עברית (Ivrit– Hebrew) choices! Finishing our אותיות (otiot– Hebrew letters) book! Playing a משחק צבע (mischak tzevah– color game) outside with the parachute! …

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