Tag Archive: Nitzanim

Apr 08

Making our Omer calendar

It’s that time of the year.  Since we are in Pesach (Passover), we at the Jewish Enrichment Center started to think about how we were going to count the Omer this year.  The Omer is the period of 49 days that some Jews count between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot.  Pesach (Passover) is the way in …

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Jun 12

HaSefer Sheli (My Book)

At some point this past week your child(ren) probably brought home a whole mess of totally awesome stuff they created at the Jewish Enrichment Center over the past year. One of them most definitely was their HaSefer Sheli. They completed this book in Yetzirah to review all those great things they learned and remember fun …

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May 21

Stained Glass… Again!

Did you know there are so many different ways to replicate the look of stained glass?! This week Nitzanim did yet another version of stained glass using water color and tape! First they drew a basic Torah shape, like a rectangle with two lines at the top and bottom for etzem. Then they covered that …

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Feb 12

Details of a Beit Knesset

All of the children at the Jewish Enrichment Center are deep into our theme, Beit Knesset, by now. It’s becoming apparent that there are certain details of a Beit Knesset the children find interesting, wondrous, beautiful, special. We’ve honored these interests in yetzirah by giving them ways to explore these details. For some children in …

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Jan 30

It’s All About the Process

In yetzirah (art/creativity) we do lots of amazing projects! Some take a long time, and several steps that build upon each other towards a big finale. Some are quicker and designed to engage new content. And some are all about the process. “Process pieces” allow the children to explore the materials and determine how they …

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Jan 23

Natural Dyeing & Revealing Our Matzah Covers

As you may have read, last week all of the children began the long-term project of naturally dyeing fabric with fruits, veggies, and spices. It was all very exciting, but the energy didn’t stop there! There was a buzz around yetzirah… “Morah Na’omi, are [the jars] ready yet?!”   “Can I look at my jar?!” …

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Jan 09

Sharing Ideas with Friends

Tu B’Shevat is coming! And at the Jewish Enrichment Center this week we’ve been thinking of ways to celebrate the holiday and honor the earth. But this post isn’t really about the upcoming holiday. I’m happy to say this blog post is about the kindness of our children and their eagerness to teach each other …

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Oct 30

Working בְּיַחַד (B’Yachad, Together) = So Many Ideas

As we move onto our second story of Rivkah, we need more props. This Tuesday Nitzanim told the Morot they need a “fire pit” / “stove” (“but like one from the olden days”) for the scene where יעקב (Ya’akov) makes stew. We looked at pictures of different camp fires, fire pits and out door ovens …

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Oct 10

Nitzanim & Their New Story: Rivkah

This week in Yetzirah, Nitzanim dove right into the story of Rivkah! They showed excitement over the new characters and plot and all the possibilities of projects and plays! But first things first, we want to make sure they know the story like the back of their hand. So the Morot set out to tackle …

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Oct 03

Making our Rooms Beautiful

This week, our kevutzot (groups) created decorations to make our environment at the Jewish Enrichment Center beautiful! Shorashim talked about the story of Avraham, noticing his welcoming nature and beautiful tent. And so, this sparked the idea to make our “tent” (the Jewish Enrichment Center) beautiful, too! The Shorashimers started off by my coloring אותיות (ot-i-ot, hebrew …

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