Anafim v’Alonim- back in action!

Yesterday was Anafim v’Alonim‘s (“Branches” and “Oak Trees” for 4th-5th grade children) first session back from break.  We started the afternoon by going around the table sharing something from the previous week that we did or something we are looking forward to.

After finishing the L’hitpalel (“To Pray”) theme, we explored Purim for a few weeks before break.  Now that we’re back, it’s time to jump into Pesach! Yesterday we read Exodus 1-15, a text the children are familiar with  because we come back to it each Pesach when retelling the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

Once we had Exodus 1-15 fresh in our minds, some children chose to build a section of the story and other decided to draw.  This is all in preparation for our next session, when we’ll deepen our looking at the Pesach story by exploring two different rabbis’ perspectives on what story we tell on Pesach.

There was a lot of excitement in the room yesterday when the children received their very own special for Pesach Ivrit (Hebrew) packet.  It includes a list of all the different choices they can make for Ivrit, and a page for them to take responsibility for meeting the goals they set for themselves.  

The picture below captures the feeling in the room from yesterday PERFECTLY!

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