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May 21

Acquiring Torah from nosei v’ol im chaveiro

This week children in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades)  took the example of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden) from the text of Megillat Rut, and thought about what it means to get Torah from doing  נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol …

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May 20

A new project

It’s hard to believe that we only have a few weeks left before we say goodbye for the summer. Nitzanim children are beginning to reflect on all of the learning, playing, and growing we’ve done as a community this year. Today we started working on a final project that makes visible the immense kindness and …

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May 09

WHAT are we learning?

One of the things I love most about doing projects with children is being together in that moment of new insight. It’s like a jolt of lighting that flashes between all of us. I can’t know in advance what the children will find striking about the content we’re exploring. So when that connection happens, we …

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Feb 28

An Update About Grandma Edna

Yes, it looks like one of Edna’s granddaughters will be heading to the wedding canopy! In the meantime, the creators of Edna are wrestling with a challenge we all face: how do we work for change on our planet? With a peer, one of Edna’s creators (right) read articles about three different organizations related to …

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Feb 28

It’s Time to Meet With the Rabbi

Jackyn and Bartolo are getting married! Well, they’re not engaged yet, but the wedding is definitely on. Yesterday, the creators of Jackyn (and Bartolo) met with Rabbi David Minkus for a pre-marriage conversation. “Mazal tov! What an honor. I love meeting with couples,” he said. Then he proceeded to stump our creators with his first …

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Feb 22

Responsibility, Community

What are the identities of the imaginary characters we will hold dear for the next several months? The decision seems much more weighty than a year ago. As our imaginary characters begin to come to life again, middle schoolers are weighing potential characters’ life choices: should my character go to college even if he wants …

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Feb 14

Coming Home

“Oh, I remember this!” “I’m so proud of this!” Our imaginary characters are back! The energy in our room skyrocketed. Everyone talked at once (which isn’t very different from how the middle schoolers usually interact with each other). We’ve said good-bye to a few beloved characters. The creator of Big Shaq, our Roman soldier who …

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Feb 11

Ivrit Update

It’s AMAZING how much עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) Nitzanim children have learned this year, and it’s only February! First grade Nitzanim’s Hebrew program focuses on playing with the sounds of Hebrew consonants and vowels. We’re onto our FIFTH vowel, and children couldn’t be more proud! It was time for a little shake up of our Hebrew shelves, …

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Feb 11

Hebrew Literacy in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the children were busy exploring Hebrew letters together. There were Hebrew letters to investigate on the scroll tucked inside a mezuzzah! There was even a Hebrew letter right on the front of every mezuzzah we investigated– the letter shin, for Shema. Of course, there are so many different things to …

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Feb 07

L’hitpalel: A Case Study

This week the Anafim anthropology team began looking into 1 Samuel 1-2:10 to see how it might help them understand לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). Some anafimers chose to build to show their ideas about Channah’s תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer). Some children worked in pairs to build a scene showing where Channah made her תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer). Together they …

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