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Mar 07

All Smiles for Final Projects

These are the super happy faces of a bunch of children who’ve FINISHED their Shabbat final projects! And boy are they proud of their teamwork. They can hardly wait to share their incredible ideas and gorgeous projects with you. We hope you’ll join us this Sunday at 9:00am for Family Exploration and Celebration!

Feb 26

Lights, camera, action!

Backgrounds painted. Check. Costumes selected. Check. Props made. Check. Script edited. Check. That can only mean one thing… It’s time for Nitzanim to take center stage! We can’t wait to show off all of our hard work and incredible ideas at Family Exploration and Celebration. See you on Sunday, March 11!

Feb 19

We can all learn from each other

All year long we work with the children to activate a sense of community. We can all learn from each other, we say. We practice listening and sharing what we heard our peer say. We practice building with a partner to expose our initial ideas about text to other perspectives. We practice playing Hebrew games together and holding each other …

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Feb 12

My, how you’ve grown!

“Another yellow one? What?!?” I overheard two children, a first grader and a kindergartener whispering to each other as they worked to match popsicle sticks labeled with צבעים (tzeva’im–colors) to colored felt pouches. They were getting stuck. “Try again,” I said, “There’s only one stick for each צבע (tzeva–color).” “Let’s start over,” one of them said …

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Feb 05

One text, many interpretations

Isn’t it amazing how just two פסוקים (pesukim–verse) of Torah text can inspire so many different interpretations? Today, Nitzanim encountered the following two verses from Deuteronomy 5:   יג  שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תַּעֲבֹד, וְעָשִׂיתָ כָּל-מְלַאכְתֶּךָ. 13 Work for six days and do all your work; יד  וְיוֹם, הַשְּׁבִיעִי–שַׁבָּת…לֹא תַעֲשֶׂה כָל-מְלָאכָה אַתָּה וּבִנְךָ-וּבִתֶּךָ וְעַבְדְּךָ-וַאֲמָתֶךָ וְשׁוֹרְךָ וַחֲמֹרְךָ וְכָל-בְּהֶמְתֶּךָ, וְגֵרְךָ אֲשֶׁר …

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Jan 28

Once upon a time…

… there were 12 Nitzanim children who LOVED reading Shabbat stories, but not just any Shabbat stories, stories with magic in them. “Can we read another story at כיבוד (kibud–snack)?” they would say to Morah Sara. Morah Sara heard the children talking about the storytelling that they do at school: “I filled my black and …

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Jan 23

Light and Calm

Can you feel it? Can you tell, just by looking at the photo, that something shifted inside of our bodies when we saw the נרות (nerot–candles) in a quiet, dark room? In Nitzanim, we’ve been trying to feel Shabbat. In past weeks, we’ve tried to feel the chaos of getting ready for Shabbat, or the calm of …

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Jan 18


Nitzanim children have been exploring what Shabbat might feel like. We’ve been testing out so many different ways to imagine or experience Shabbat feelings. We’ve been reading stories, practicing guided meditation, playing together, and more! Today, children explored the connection between Shabbat and night time. Are the feelings we associate with night and darkness connected to Shabbat? …

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Jan 09


Yesterday, I watched as all five children chose to sit at the same שולחן (shulchan–table) to work on their Hebrew challenges. I wish I had a picture to share! Only a few children were actually working on the same challenge, but they all wanted to be together. Just in the short time that we’ve been back from …

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Jan 05

So Great To Be Back!

Ooooh, it feels good to play together again! It was a week of… Leadership Group Challenge Hebrew Games Discovery Joy    

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