Tag Archive: Chanukah

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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Dec 01

Chanukah is Coming to Beit Nitzanim

We’ve started to talk about Chanukah in Beit Nitzanim. Before we jump into the Chanukah stories, we spent some time today refreshing our Chanukah vocabulary בעברית (b’Ivrit—in Hebrew). We made some common symbols with our גופים (gufim—bodies). A סביבון (sevivon—dreidel): A חנוכייה (chanukiyah—Chanukah menorah): A נר (ner—candle): We also cracked codes and practiced our script …

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Dec 19

Nitzanim & Tzeva’im (Colors)

Nitzanim has been coming up with awesome ideas for bringing light to other people, the Jewish Enrichment Center, and 5200 S Hyde Park! Lately they’ve made cake and delivered the goodies with a message “We made these for you! We thought it would bring light to you!” They also made an Alef-Bet chart and a …

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Dec 05

Happy Chanukah from Shorashim!

Chanukah finally arrived and Shorashim could not have been more excited! We honored the arrival of the holiday in many different ways. Some friends decided to independently (without any prompts from the morah) draw their own chanukkiah.   One friend put his up on the wall for everyone to see.  He specifically drew 7 flames …

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Dec 05

On Bringing Light Where it is Dark

This Hannukah we talked a lot about bringing light where it is dark and using our Hannukah נרות (nerot, candles) to help us. Nitzanim drew pictures of how each of us could bring light where it is dark and together we built a beautiful חנוכיה (channukiah) to share with the rest of the Jewish Enrichment Center.  We …

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Dec 01

Chanukah is Coming to Shorashim!

Shorashim geared up for the upcoming start of Chanukah this week with many different Chanukah themed activities.   We did some dreidel spin art with Morah Naomi in Yetzirah.   We got a little more creative with our Chanukkah art and used not only dreidels, but נרות (nerot – candles) as well.  You can read more …

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