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Apr 20

Nitzanim Explores Ideas of Rest

This week Nitzanim is exploring שמיטה (sh’mitah—release) as a year of rest for both people and the land. Today, children were given pieces of tissue paper and clear contact paper and asked to make a restful scene. Here are some of their thoughtful responses: Second Grader 1: I’m going to make a swimming pool because …

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Apr 13

First Ideas About שמיטה (Sh’mitah)

Yesterday we started our new theme, שמיטה (sh’mitah—release). We learned two facts at a time about שמיטה (sh’mitah—release), and practiced asking questions and making comments with our partners. Then children shared questions and ideas aloud. Children have LOTS of ideas about what happens if people rest for a whole year, how wild plants grow, and …

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Apr 06

A Read-In with our ידידים (Yedidim—buddies)

חג שמח (Chag Sameach—Happy Holidays!). At the Jewish Enrichment Center we are marking the days of פסח (Pesach—Passover) with a special activity—a Jewish book read-in! Many months ago, our children were introduced to their ידידים (yedidim—buddies) [see these two blog posts about other activities we’ve done with our ידידים(yedidim—buddies)]. ידידים (Yedidim—buddies) are children in other …

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Mar 30

Nitzanim Reflect on Haggadah Theme

This week we are celebrating all of Nitzanim’s accomplishments during our הגדה(Haggadah) theme with a סיום (siyyum—closing ceremony). Our סיום (siyyum–closing ceremony) is modeled after the structure of a Seder. In between opportunities to taste the items on the Seder plate and drink four cups of grape juice, are times to reflect in writing or …

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Mar 09

Nitzanim Celebrates Pesach in India

Nitzanimers are learning a little bit about the way that Jewish people living in Cochin, India celebrate פסח (Pesach—Passover). We are spending the rest of this week creating a בית (bayit—house) in India and filling it with all of the things we might need for a seder so that we can celebrate after spring break. …

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Mar 02

Revisiting Our Work

We’ve officially started פסח (Pesach—Passover) in Beit Nitzanim! With a shift in topic comes a shift in our environment, which was met with mixed feelings by our Nitzanimers. Do you remember our big questions wall? It was the result of weeks of in-depth daily discussion of Exodus chapters 1-15. I added children’s questions (in their …

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Feb 23

Nitzanim Acts Out the Purim Story

After seven weeks of thinking deeply about Exodus, forming our own ideas, and grappling with what the early Rabbis have to say about our big questions (whew! That was a lot of brain work!), Nitzanimers are enjoying the opportunity to be silly together and act out the Purim story. The process is truly one that …

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Feb 16

Nitzanim Hears from the Rabbis

Now that Nitzanimers have identified the big question they’ll pursue for the rest of our theme, we’ve started consulting outside opinions to try to answer our questions. Specifically, we’ve turned to early Rabbinic texts for some answers. Last week Nitzanimers got their first taste of Rabbinic ideas, and this week we continue to consult the …

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Feb 09

Growing Conversation Skills

Throughout this theme I’ve written about strategies we’ve used in Beit Nitzanim to grow conversation skills. It has been my goal to help children know that every voice matters in our community and that my role as the מורה (morah—teacher) is to set up a structure and redirect but not to lead the conversation. Yesterday, …

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Feb 02

שמות Exodus for Nitzanim (1st-2nd)

Click here to listen to שמות (Shmot–Exodus) Ch. 1-15 for Nitzanim children. This is the version of שמות (Shmot–Exodus) Ch. 6-15 that we’re using with Nitzanimers. It is adapted from With A Mighty Hand by Amy Ehrlich. The 10 Plagues, Exodus Ch. 6-10 Out of vengeance, Adonai brought 10 plagues on the Egyptians. דם Blood צפרדע Frogs …

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