Tag Archive: Chanukah

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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Dec 12

Chanukah Story for 1st and 2nd Grade Children

I’m going to tell you a story of Chanukah, and throughout the next few weeks we’re going to hear three different endings.   A long time ago, the Syrian Greeks ruled (were in charge of) the land of Israel. For the most part, the rulers let the Jews do what they wanted, as long as …

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Dec 10

Building Our Chanukah Story

This week, Shorashimers continued to read our Chanukah story but this time we started to picture what the different parts of the story look like. We had three different areas in Beit Shorashim where we could build all of the parts of our Chanukah story together. We used blocks, marbles, colored chips, wood sticks, natural materials, …

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Dec 08

Exploring Hanukkah in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim was all about exploring hanukkiyot in all shapes and sizes. There were real hanukkiyot, and candles for us to fit inside (a work out for our fine motor strength and control) and count on English and Hebrew. We are figuring out together that all the Hanukkiyah we found hold the …

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Dec 07

Anafim Revisits the Three Chanukah Stories

Two years ago, our current Anafim group explored three different endings to the Chanukah story–one from 1 Maccabees, one for 2 Maccabees, and one from the Talmud. (Here is a blog post about what they did then!) This year, Anafim is getting to know these same three sources much more intimately. They were ecstatic to …

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Dec 03

Exploring Chanukah in Shorashim

This week in Shorashim we began thinking about Chanukah. We started hearing the Chanukah story together and made a list of what we already know about Chanukah. Shorashim already has so many ideas about this holiday and we can’t wait to continue learning even more together over the next few weeks. We started the week together …

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