Tag Archive: Anafim v’Alonim 5779

Apr 16

Different Perspectives

For the last few weeks, children in Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades)  have dug into a  line from the Mishnah about how the Passover story should be told.  The Mishnah says the story should be told: “beginning with disgrace and ending in praise.” Following that, children looked at an …

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Apr 10

Examining Pesach with Early Rabbis

It’s been a busy week for Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades)! We launched our Pesach unit with a review of שְׁמוׄת א-טו (Exodus 1-15) and had a ton of fun building the story during a Special Saturday Session. Then, we read a line in the Mishnah that says we …

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Apr 02

Anafim v’Alonim- back in action!

Yesterday was Anafim v’Alonim‘s (“Branches” and “Oak Trees” for 4th-5th grade children) first session back from break.  We started the afternoon by going around the table sharing something from the previous week that we did or something we are looking forward to. After finishing the L’hitpalel (“To Pray”) theme, we explored Purim for a few …

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Mar 14

Installation Inspiration

Last weekend was Family Exploration and Celebration at the Jewish Enrichment Center. Projects and artist statements were beautifully displayed, explorations were opened up, and joy shone out of faces everywhere. In Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak Trees” for 4th-5th grade children), we are celebrating the moments of family connection where parents and children deeply engaged …

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Mar 08

See you Sunday!

It’s been a flurry of printing, editing, gluing, and chopping as we prepare to share children’s ideas about our winter quarter theme L’hitpalel (“To pray”). In this installation, children are wrestling with the role of Adonai (God) in prayer; the way a person might feel before, during, and after choosing to pray; and the many, …

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Mar 07

Quiet on set…. ACTION!

Projects and artist statements are done! We are SO READY for Family Exploration and Celebration THIS Sunday.   Soon we will celebrate the holiday, Purim!   Yesterday Anafim v’Alonim (branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades), prepared to write our very own Purim shpiel! Well folks, you heard it here. Anafim v’Alonim is …

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Feb 27

It’s the final countdown…!

Step into our learning space any day this week, and you’ll feel the palpable excitement in the air. With only a few sessions remaining until our Family Exploration and Celebration, the children in Anafim v’Alonim have been immersed in their final l’hitpalel (“to pray”) projects. Each child is pursuing an inquiry area that is most …

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Feb 22

Deepening each other’s ideas in Anafim v’Alonim

What a week it has been in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades).  All the deep and thoughtful question asking, ideas and artwork that have developed over this theme are just… EXTRAORDINARY!!   This week children did some serious and focused planning for their projects to share with the community …

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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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