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May 31

Remembering Our Year

Wow! What a year of exploration we have had in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten)! We have been remembering the ways we have played during our themes from the year and from our experiences of Jewish Holidays. Ya’akov v’Esav was our first theme this year! The children remembered so much about …

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May 31

All the Anafim News That’s Fit to Print

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Anafim wraps up the year by making a newspaper with all of the biggest stories from our year of learning together! The Anafim news team is covering a wide range of stories, from our favorite themes to our most memorable modalities. We’ve got one reporter providing live coverage of …

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May 30

Short and sweet

It was a short week in Beit Nitzanim, but we filled it it up with joyous Hebrew play… … and designing a masterpiece. See you next week!

May 21

Making Memories!

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been reflecting on all the wonderful ways we’ve played as a community this year. To help us wrap up our year together we are making a memory box with many handcrafted treasures inside for us to look back on in the years to …

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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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