Tag Archive: Chanukah

Dec 15

Play, explore, celebrate

We’re still reeling from the excitement and energy of a fascinating first theme. The ענפים (Anafim, “branches” for 3rd-4th grade) projects are up in the social hall, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet. And what better way to unwind and celebrate than with חנוכה (Hanukkah)! Here are a few things Anafim love about חנוכה (Hanukkah): -Special משחקים (mischakim– …

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Dec 14

Shteelim Chanukah Story

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been listening to and playing the Chanukah story. The following narrative outlines the Chanukah story as told by Shteelim (different children on different days).   “There was a king, Antiochus. Before the king, Jews could do Jewish things like celebrate Jewish holidays and maybe they sang Aleph-Bet.” “The …

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Dec 11

Chanukkah Everywhere!

We see חנוכה (Chanukkah) everywhere! “Look a menorah!” “Another menorah! It has a helper candle.” We weren’t sure about this one because it looked a little different, but then we counted. It had שמונה (shmoneh–eight) places for נרות (nerot–candles) and one place for the שמש (shamash–helper candle). Must be a חנוכייה (chanukkiyah–Chanukkah menorah). A סביבון (sevivon–dreidel), too! We even had a Chanukkah …

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Dec 07

Abuzz With Purpose

Everywhere we turn, children are fully immersed – in purposeful play, in expressing the big ideas of their project, and in contributing to the community. The result? Pride. It’s palpable in every room. See you on Sunday, December 10 to explore and celebrate children’s insightful ideas! Painting a giant backdrop for our installation Creating a giant …

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Nov 30

Chanukah is Coming!

This week in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) we are exploring the objects and symbols associated with Chanukah. We started out by doing some careful looking a Chanukah photographs:   Child 1: “That’s a menorah! I see a Jewish star!”  Child 2: “It looks like its made out of metal.” Child 1: “You light candles each …

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Dec 15

Wondering about History

Wow. Did you see our במדבר (Bamidbar, “In the Wilderness) projects? (Well, did you? They’re still up downstairs in the social hall– go check them out if you haven’t yet!) We could easily end the quarter just riding on our pride and excitement about the work we did together there. But we had a week left, between the end …

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Dec 11

Chanukah Skits!

Anafim LOVES to act! Our 3rd – 5th grade children named one of their goals for the year as: Do Skits. This week, after so much individual work on final projects for our theme, we came together for some seriously fun whole-group collaboration. Our new moreh (teacher), Ben, led us in improv games. Then we designed skits about …

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Dec 10

Hanukkah is Coming in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim are exploring the shapes, symbols, and signs of Hanukkah. We are counting out candles for our hanukkiyot, and building our spoken vocabulary as we use words like “shamash” and “hanukkiyah.” We are sharing special Hanukkah stories and songs with one another. We are having the chance to explore and interact …

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Dec 09

Did You Know…?

..that there are three alternate endings to the Chanukah story? (Chanukah Story for Nitzanim). Today, Nitzanim worked in pairs to build their own version of the Chanukah endings. Here’s what they have to say: Book of Maccabees I: Chapter 4 This ending explains Chanukah as a celebration of the rededication of the temple. Child 1: …

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Dec 12

I Maccabees and II Maccabees (for 3rd – 4th grade children)

What really happened in the Chanukah story? I Maccabees Chapter 1: Antiochus began to reign in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks. Under his rule, Jewish people stopped following the laws of their fathers and began following Greek customs. They misled others, saying, “Let us go and make a …

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