Tag Archive: Torah

Nov 09

Wait time

Every theme here at the Jewish Enrichment Center is different.   They each have their own rhythm. Some themes start with a big story, or a big question; some move quickly and some build gently. For ענפים (Anafim– “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade children), this autumn has been a slow adding-on of layer after layer of text. …

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Nov 09

What A Privilege To Study Torah With You

Oh, beautiful middle schoolers! For years, you’ve dedicated yourselves to grappling with Torah text, to listening deeply to yourself and to each other, and now…this week…what a privilege to introduce you to that moment when Abraham takes the fire, and the knife, and walks off with his son. And your reactions! “Maybe the test is that Avraham is supposed to say, …

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Nov 02

Shteelim Designs Felt Pieces

This week, Shteelim (“saplings” for Kindergarten) designed felt pieces so we could act out the story of Avraham V’Sara on the Felt Board We sat down and listened carefully to the text, stopping when we heard something we wanted to make We had so many ideas for the felt pieces we wanted to play with! …

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Oct 26

Shteelim Wondering

This week in Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) we have been reading Genesis 18:1-5 and sharing all the questions we are wondering about this text. Genesis 18:1-10 for Nursery and Kindergarten   Multiple children were curious about Avraham bowing in the text, asking, “Why did he (Avraham) bow?” One child asked, “Why did he (Avraham) run …

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Oct 24

A Trip to the Torah

At the beginning of a new Torah theme, we often visit the chapel and open up the Torah to the exact words of the theme text, the ones we’re reading at kibud (snack). Even though we frequently label our theme texts as “Torah texts,” it’s hard to connect the story that we’re playing and building with the physical …

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Oct 19

Shorashim Celebrates Simchat Torah with the Torah!

All this week, Shorashim celebrated Simchat Torah.  On Simchat Torah, we finish the end of the last book of the Torah, and start all over again at the beginning.  This holiday is typically celebrated with song, dance, and yup, you guessed it, the Torah! But what exactly is the Torah that we talk (and sing) …

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Oct 19

Shorashim Design a Torah

This week Shorashim (“Roots” for Nursery) explored the Torah to celebrate Simchat Torah! We arranged shapes on the projector to look at ways we could dress the Torah. And we discovered that we could use the projector in so many different ways to add to our play! We could project the Torah on ourselves We …

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Oct 17

So Many Possibilities

There are so many mysteries and puzzles inside new Torah texts. Even a close reading of just a few words opens up so many possibilities for what the Torah might mean and what the story might be about. On the first day of hearing a new text, Nitzanim children paid particular attention to Genesis 18:3, which says, “He …

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Oct 15

Simchat Torah in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim celebrated Simchat Torah this week at the Jewish Enrichment center. It was with great joy and enthusiasm that the children explored the Torah. We are recognizing, identifying and searching for the Torah as we do puzzles, scoop corn meals in the sensory table, and share stories together.   We are …

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Sep 28

In the beginning…

Well, we’re not going all the way back to the very beginning. But in ענפים (Anafim- branches, for 3rd-4th grade), our first text of the year takes us back to Genesis 18, to the story of אברהם (Avraham) and שרה (Sarah), being visited by three mysterious strangers. Later in the chapter, God tells Avraham, “The cry of …

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