Celebrating Rosh Chodesh in Anafim v’Alonim

Yesterday was the first day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  Rosh Chodesh (head of the month) is celebrated on the first day of each new month.  In Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), we bring in the new month by celebrating our accomplishments and recognizing the tefillot (prayers), that the children have learned from month to month.

We chose three tefillot (prayers), that many of the children have worked on since the beginning of the year and did challenges and games in between reciting each tefillah (prayer), as a kvutzah (group).

The first challenge was to build a bridge only with the supplies provided.  Then, to test the strength of the bridge by stacking a boot on top (originally the idea was cups but a boot was more exciting).

Then came the challenge with balloons.  The goal was to count to 50 in Hebrew without letting the balloon touch the floor. At first it was “super easy” so we started adding more rules like: you can’t double tap the balloon, only hit it with your head or elbows.    

The day was awesome to say the least.  There was so much laughing, great teamwork, and a ton of fun.  It’s great to be back from break and this was a great start to the new year!

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