Tag Archive: Nitzanim 5777

Mar 07

Hamantaschen! (As told by Nitzanim)

Crack 3 eggs into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup oil. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir stir stir! Roll dough flat and cut out circle shapes. Spoon jelly into the center of the circles. Pinch tight! Bake at 350 degrees …

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Mar 01

Installation Time!

It’s all installation all the time as we put the final preparations on our Kedushah (Holiness) Family Exploration and Celebration! We look forward to seeing you this Sunday, March 5th at 9:00 AM.   Here’s just a few pictures of Enrichment Center educators and staff hard at work designing an installation to honor children’s incredible work and …

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Feb 21

Small Moments, Big Accomplishments

“It’s kind of my first time sharing,” announced a first grader at the end of our כיבוד (kibud–snack) conversation. This first grader only joined our community in October. “Yeah usually she just sits there like this looking,” said a second grader. He was noticing that his friend often listens closely to our conversations, but hasn’t been …

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Feb 15

So Special

We did something so special today. First and second grade Nitzanimers had כיבוד (kibud–snack) with fifth and sixth grade Alonimers. We’re in the sixth week of thinking about קדושה (kedushah– holiness) and our super special pairing was an opportunity for children of different ages to connect and share ideas. Like in this pair, where a second grader shared with …

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Feb 08

“Wondering” Questions

For Nitzanim children, our Kedushah (Holiness) theme has been about experimentation. We’ve experimented with ways to express our ideas about holiness with weaving and shadow play (click here). We’ve experimented with a graphic organizer to help us slow down and hear the text (click here). And today, we experimented with a new way to share lots …

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Jan 31

Slowing Down to Hear the Text

Our main Kedushah theme text (click here for the text) is packed to the brim with details. There are so many examples of holiness in just one פרק (perek–chapter) of the Torah! It’s hard to really hear such a full text, so we’ve been testing out some strategies to help ourselves slow down and listen closely. We tried …

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Jan 31

Leviticus 19 for 1st-6th Grades

  Leviticus 19 וַיִּקְרָא י״ט 1) Adonai said to Moshe, א)  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר 2) “Say to all of the group of the Israelites, ‘Be holy [קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ]; for I, Adonai your God, am holy.’ ב)  דַּבֵּר אֶל-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם–קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ:  כִּי קָדוֹשׁ, אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם 3) Every one of you must respect …

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Jan 24

An Explosion of Ideas

Sometimes we just need a week to catch-up. We need time to process, time to think about our ideas and express them, time to replay a comment from a peer, and time to get to know the big ideas in the text. This week in Beit Nitzanim, we’re taking that catch-up week to reflect on …

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Jan 15

Nitzanim Experiment in Yetzirah (Art/Creativity)

As an education team, we asked, “How might new and different modalities allow children to express their ideas about Kedushah?” So today we experimented! Children tested out ways to use weaving and hanging shadow sculpture to express an idea about what it might mean to “be holy.” And it was fascinating to watch children work. …

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Jan 11

New Perspectives on Kedushah

Earlier in the week, I asked children, “What have you heard about holy, holiness, קדושה (kedushah)?” And we got a little bit stuck. Children thought maybe it had something to do with “special,” but we weren’t all sure. Another child said, “different.” Or maybe it had to do with God, but we don’t all believe in God. …

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