Play, explore, celebrate

We’re still reeling from the excitement and energy of a fascinating first theme. The ענפים (Anafim, “branches” for 3rd-4th grade) projects are up in the social hall, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet. And what better way to unwind and celebrate than with חנוכה (Hanukkah)!

(pictured: making cards for loved ones)

Here are a few things Anafim love about חנוכה (Hanukkah):

-Special משחקים (mischakim– games) and challenges: Hey, the words of this special חנכה (Hanukkah) chant are hidden all around the hallway. Can you find them?

How quickly can you put them in order?

Another special חנוכה (Hanukkah) tradition is wondering about and researching the origins of the holiday. There is a lot of cool information from different ancient texts and archaeological evidence, so ענפים (Anafim) are always ready to reflect on what they know and wonder about what else they could discover.

This year, a question about the difference between a חנוכייה (Hanukiyah, the special 9-branch lamp lit on Hanukkah and often called a “menorah”) and a מנורה (menorah– “lamp,” referring to the 7-branched lamp in the ancient temple in Jerusalem) led us on a journey through a Torah text, a Van Gough painting, and the Arch of Titus in Rome. (In our imaginations, of course.)

What’s your favorite Hanukkah tradition?

חנוכה שמח (Hanukkah Sameach, Happy Hanukkah)!

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