Tag Archive: Shabbat

Jan 11

Opening up Shabbat

Oh, the beginning of a new theme is so exciting! In ענפים (Anafim, “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade children), we opened up our שבת (Shabbat) theme with a big brainstorm: the children compiled a list of all the facts they knew or thought about שבת (Shabbat), and then, all of the things they wondered about שבת (Shabbat). Then, …

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Nov 19

Shabbat Around the World in Shalom Chaverim

In Shalom Chaverim, the children are continuing to explore the way Jewish people all around the world celebrate Shabbat. There were  opportunities to explore authentic ritual objects. The children moved, touched and manipulated candlesticks and a Kiddush cup as they created their own drawings of Shabbat objects. We even pretended to place candles inside the …

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Nov 12

Exploring Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

Over the past two weeks, the children in Shalom Chaverim have been exploring the different ways we experience Shabbat with our gufim (bodies.) We have prepared lots of Shabbat dinners to share with our special grownups! Today we used our senses to explore the ways we say “Shalom!” to Shabbat when it is time for …

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Jan 22

Shabbat around the World in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim we used our guf (bodies) to explore the ways Jewish people around the world celebrate Shabbat!   There were ample opportunities to use our af (nose) to smell the spices of Havdalah as we created our own spice paint together– and then we used out etzbaot (fingers) to create colorful and fragrant …

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Jan 15

Saying Shalom to Shabbat!

This week in Shalom Chaverim we found out lots of things our guf( body) may see, hear, smell, and even taste at havdalah, when we say good bye to Shabbat and “shavua tov!”   We are sorting and matching the shapes, in puzzles and along the window.   With our etzbaot (fingers) we are touching …

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May 05

Challah in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim were exploring challah in a variety of multi-sensory ways.   There was toy challah, to touch and feel (and even taste, for some of the youngest children!)             As we cover and uncover the toy challah together, we are learning about the significance of this …

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Nov 13

Berakhot (Blessings) on Shabbat

The children said, “There’s something new in the room!” “There’s a Torah in there!” First we dressed up in fancy clothing, “Because it’s Shabbat,” they said. Two children said, “We’re the rabbis.” (“Do you have to be a rabbi to lead services?” I asked. “No,” they replied, “but we are.”) We opened up our siddurim (prayerbooks) …

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Nov 05

How does food get to our shulchan (table)?

Confession: We’ve been keeping a surprise in Beit Shorashim v’Shteelim. After two weeks of practicing the ברכות (brakhot-blessings) we say when we’re about to eat food and when we see amazing things in nature, we have started learning about and practicing 5 of the main steps it takes for food to get to our שׁוּלְחָן (shulchan-table). And this week, we were able …

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Apr 20

Sh’mitah and Shabbat

As a staff, we weren’t sure whether the concept that שמיטה (Sh’mitah) , the periodic 7 year rest for the land, is parallel to שבת (Shabbat  – Sabbath). We didn’t know how our children had experienced Shabbat beyond lighting candels and singing special songs, so we weren’t sure the comparison would be helpful.   This week, without my …

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Oct 27

Learning about Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

In Shalom Chaverim this week there were many new things to explore! There was a lot of interest in our new “sticky window.” (A piece of contact paper spread over the window.) Children arranged and rearranged Shabbat objects and even practiced sharing challah and candlesticks with one another. In addition to the flat representations of …

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