Tag Archive: yetzirah

Oct 25

Propping Up Our Play

In  שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we’ve been honing our prop-making skills. This process began at כִּיבּוּד (kibud–snack), where we spent time listening to our Torah theme text, Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) (Genesis 25:20-28). As we listened we thought about what things we could create in order to play each character in the …

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Oct 25

Can We Keep Reading?!

This week in Anafim v’ Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak Trees” for 4th and 5th grade children) we engaged with a new text in our current theme of “Ya’akov v’ Esav” (Jacob and Esau).  We explored the first half of Genesis 32.  Many beautiful things came about during the introduction of the text. Children were so engaged by our new …

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Oct 24

Anafim Goes Big

In Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders), we have been noticing how different artistic modalities allow us to generate new ideas about our Ya’akov v’Esav text. Through tiny building, watercolor, collage and more, we’ve explored what the characters in the text have been feeling, thinking, and doing. Lately, we’ve found making big buildings with …

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Oct 19

Art and Exploration in Anafim v’Alonim!

We have been SO busy in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” for 4th grade and “oak trees” for 5th and 6th grades)! Between launching our Sukkat Shlomecha community project, exploring a new perek in our Ya’akov v’Esav theme, and developing our skills as learning partners for studying ivrit and biblical text, the children in Anafim v’Alonim …

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Oct 11

Feeling at Home

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ kindergarten), we are starting to feel like a community. When someone is absent, other children ask, “when are they coming back?”, and say, “I wanted to play with them today”.  We introduced the various jobs that children might have, so they have started to work on caring for each other …

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Oct 04

Ideas emerge in the studio

This week, the יצירה (Yetzirah–Art/Creativity) studio was abuzz with energy as Nitzanim children shared interpretations from our Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) theme. Creative expression offers many children a way to reflect on their ideas and questions, test out interpretations, or show an idea that couldn’t be explained with words alone. When children do יצירה (yetzirah–art/creativity) in …

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Sep 07

We’re back!

We’re back! After a summer apart, we are thrilled to be back for our first week at the Jewish Enrichment Center. And what a joyful week of kindness, community building, and trying new thing’s it’s been! We’ve kindly offered each other strategies for finding out the names of Hebrew letters. We’ve tried a new way to …

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May 17

Reflection and Creation

  This week in Shteelim “(Saplings” for Kindergarten) we have been working on our final project, something that will help us remember our year in Shteelim when we come visit it, in the future. Our first step was to start looking back at our year together in photos, we talked about what we like to …

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May 16

What does community look like?

We started something new this week. I can’t tell you much about it because… it’s a secret! What I can tell you is that our new project represents the culmination of one whole year together in Nitzanim. Children have worked so hard to learn what it looks like and sounds like to be a Nitzanim community, …

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Apr 26

Many stories, many media

Our אונאת דברים (Ona’at Devarim– ‘hurting with words’) projects are starting to take shape: At this point in the theme, after several weeks of exploring core Jewish texts together, many ענפים (Anafim– “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade) children have started to gravitate towards the big questions or ideas that are most compelling to them, and are developing a sense …

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