Tag Archive: dramatic play

Sep 26

Shorashim Celebrates Rosh Hashanah!

Rosh Hashanah is when many Jewish people celebrate the new year. There are many traditional symbols associated with the holiday, such as apples and honey (eaten for a sweet new year), round challah (to represent the cyclical nature of time) and shofars (a horn that is blown to signify the coming of the new year). …

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Apr 27

Shorashim V’Shteelim Shavuot!

This week Shorashim (roots for nursery) and Shteelim (saplings for kindergarten) started our new theme, שבועות (Shavuot). We have been playing מגילת רות (Megillat Rut- The Book of Ruth), which is a special Jewish book that some Jews read or hear on שבועות (Shavuot). Much of our play has focused on three main characters – …

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Mar 09

Purim Spiel in Alonim

This week, Alonim (for 5th and 6th grades) is working very hard on writing and directing their own scenes in a Purim Spiel, or funny play telling the Purim story. Their spiel will be performed on Sunday for the younger children at the Enrichment Center. Get ready – Alonim has a lot of puns up …

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Nov 17

Israelite Experience Bamidbar

This week in Beit Shorashim/Shteelim (Nursery and Kindergarten) we focused our play on one piece of text about an experience that the Israelites had בַּמִּדְבָּר (Bamidbar), between their old home and their new home. The text comes from שמות (Shemot- Exodus) 16 in the תורה (Torah).   In these dramatic play photos, the children imagined …

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May 27

It’s Play Time in 3rd – 5th Grade!

Third through fifth grade Anafim (“Branches”) children are writing and producing our own play! Our play is based on legends about an early rabbi, Rabbi Akiva. It has been tremendously exciting. We divided into teams (loosely) and got down to business. Writing Team: We collaborated on an entire script! “I didn’t know it was so hard to …

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Jan 15

Story Drama

  For the past few weeks in Anafim (“Branches”), our 3rd – 5th grade children have reviewed (or read for the first time! how exciting!) stories from Genesis that we’ve explored at the Enrichment Center during the past few years. It’s in preparation for our new Torah theme, which starts Sunday.   We wanted to do our …

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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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Oct 08

Torah Play

This week was all about celebrating the Torah!  We played a special Torah game in which we were given clues to find a certain word in the Torah (actually, all the books in the Tanakh, the Torah, Prophets, and Writings).   The words filled in a crossword puzzle. There was loud cheering when we figured it …

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Jan 14

Sharing our Ideas with Each Other

This week in Shorashim, we continued hearing our story from the book of שמות (Shmot-Exodus) together. Hearing the details again made us think about so many ideas and questions. Below is a conversation three and four year olds had about our story during כיבוד (kibud-snack). Boy 1: I was surprised at the part about how the baby boys …

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Jan 08

Beginning a New Theme Together

This week, we began our new theme in Shorashim called הגדה (Haggadah). During this theme, we are reading a story that comes from the book of שמות (Shmot—Exodus) in the Torah. Over the next several weeks, Shorashimers will have time to think about this story deeply, ask questions, and create it themselves through many different modalities. …

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