Tag Archive: Anafim 5774

Apr 24

Anafim Celebrates Pesach

As we were lucky to have Jewish Enrichment on the end of the holiday of Pesach, Anafim had a chance to celebrate together! Beit Anafim was infused with joy as we took extra time getting to know stories of Elijah the prophet, a character in Jewish Folklore who has a big role in the Seder. …

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Apr 10

Anafim Explores Mishnah*

*The Mishnah is an early rabbinic text, codified about 220 C.E. As mentioned last week, Anafim embarked on a crazy journey, learning what the early rabbis had to say about the ritual of Afikoman and becoming Afikomen experts. To recap: The Anafimers knew that the early rabbis said “don’t have an Afikomen”, meaning the Greek …

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Apr 10

All Those Projects

Hey parents! Here is a guide to that pile of masterpieces you took home this week from your budding artists. All children brought home a matzah cover dyed and stamped with natural dye. This means food and spices were used to color these beauties! (You might even still smell the tumeric or coffee on them!) …

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Apr 02

Pesach is in the air in Anafim!

  For this Pesach, Anafim is determined to become Afikomen experts! Some Anafimers carry a family tradition of hiding and searching for the Afikomen (the broken piece of middle matzah) and were thus fascinated to find out that the word Afikomen is actually from a Greek word! Looking at the word epi komion, which denotes …

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Mar 20

Translating Big Ideas

After the incredible excitement of Purim (our Anafimers who read Megilla did a fabulous job!), Anafim needed to get right back in the game. We had a special celebration on Monday and then, in a mad dash, we finished up our Beit Knesset projects throughout the week. Ill wait to unveil photos and other media …

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Mar 13

Progress on final projects

  Our final project is moving forward. We started by imagining a beit knesset space that reflected the Anafimers’ ideas about how they felt inside a beit knesset. To visually represent those feelings we painted the walls of our beit knesset with colors depicting our feelings, mixing colors and shading to show intensity of emotion, as …

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Mar 06

Final project begins in Anafim

  As an educator, I sometimes find it really challenging to get good pictures of the children as we go about our day in Anafim. Sure, as we have downtime, I can get a picture of children immersed in books. I have great photos of the children working on their daily jobs! Even better are …

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Feb 27

Ivrit Progress in Anafim

  Sometimes as we engage in explorations it is hard to see the progress we make. That’s why, when we do make measurable progress, it is that much more exciting! This week, the Anafimers were able to see themselves how much they have accomplished in Ivrit. Let’s see how they got to the point where …

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Feb 27

Seeing a Project Through

In yetzirah this week we had several projects going on at once! Everyone was weaving. Shorashim was exploring the sanctuary and sketching what will be the focus of their stained glass project. Nitzanim was doing a “practice stained glass” project with contact paper and little “gems” of colored tissue paper. And Anafim started sketching and …

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Feb 20

Anafim Travels to Toledo, Spain

This week Anafim began exploring a new Beit Knesset in Toledo, Spain. The El Transito Beit Knesset, built in 1357, still stands intact. The children received a new packet for their research journals and immersed themselves in looking at pictures and thinking about what made this Beit Knesset special.  Some children were captivated by the …

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