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Feb 05

Building Connections in Anafim v’Alonim Between L’hitpalel and Channah’s Tefillah

For the past few weeks in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades) we’ve been exploring our current theme,   לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) through a text about Channah and her תְּפִלָּה‬, tefillah (prayer).  The text can be found in the first book of Samuel.  This week children explored the feelings and ideas …

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Jan 29

Diving Deep

WHAT a week in Anafim v’Alonim! Children have been deepening their ideas about l’hitpalel through a variety of modalities, including painting, building, and poetry. They have worked independently and with peers in partnerships and small groups. This has not only fostered their social skills and communication skills, but has opened up more opportunities to interact …

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Jan 22

Opening Text In L’hitpalel!

On Sunday in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades), we started our FIRST text of this theme,  להתפלל (L’hitpalel). We read from the first book of Samuel 1:11.  The beginning of this text talks about Channah and her inability to conceive. She prays to Adonai to give her a …

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Jan 15

Building Curiosity in Anafim v’Alonim

This week in Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades) we started unpacking our new theme: L’hitpalel! Children began by privately brainstorming about the related concept of praying. They then worked in small groups to share and categorize those ideas. These became our launchpad for wondering about l’hitpalel. This week we’ll …

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Jan 10

Celebrating Rosh Chodesh in Anafim v’Alonim

Yesterday was the first day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  Rosh Chodesh (head of the month) is celebrated on the first day of each new month.  In Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), we bring in the new month by celebrating our accomplishments and recognizing the tefillot (prayers), that …

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Dec 21

Concluding Chanukah with Creativity

This week in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), children have been putting the finishing touches on their Chanukah projects. These exemplify the range of ideas and learning styles that make our kevutzah (learning community) so wonderfully complex! Some children created a diorama, some made their own memes; others composed music, produced a …

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Nov 29

Wrapping Up Ya’akov and Esav In Anafim v’Alonim!

This week in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grade and “Oak trees” for 5th and 6th grades), we have been super focused on finishing any final details to our projects, sharing out our artist statements, and some editing around our words.  This is really such an exciting time.  Not only are we just over …

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Nov 16

Making New Connections in Anafim v’Alonim

We have been very busy in Beit Anafim v’ Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grade and “Oak trees” for 5th and 6th grades), this week as we connect all of our inquiries on this text.  Children are making connections from earlier parts of the text to later parts of the text through their beautiful art work. Some …

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Nov 01

Yetzirah in Ya’akov v’Esav!

This week in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grade and “Oak trees” for 5th and 6th grades), we’ve been expanding our ideas about Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) while further exploring our collage and building modalities. With their chavrutah (text study partner), children have studied Bereishit (Genesis) 32 & 33, and as we move closer to synthesizing the texts, …

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Oct 25

Can We Keep Reading?!

This week in Anafim v’ Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak Trees” for 4th and 5th grade children) we engaged with a new text in our current theme of “Ya’akov v’ Esav” (Jacob and Esau).  We explored the first half of Genesis 32.  Many beautiful things came about during the introduction of the text. Children were so engaged by our new …

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