Aliza Geller

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Name: Aliza Geller
Date registered: September 14, 2016

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  1. The End is also the Beginning — May 27, 2021
  2. Shavuot Is Almost Here! — May 13, 2021
  3. Cautiously Caring for People Who are Sick — April 28, 2021
  4. What Might Sick People Need? — April 15, 2021
  5. Getting Ready for Pesach — March 11, 2021

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May 27

The End is also the Beginning

We are approaching the end of the school year and the end of our final theme for the year, בִּיקוּר חוֹלִים (bikur cholim – visiting sick people). The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have done so much growing over the course of the year! Their perspective has changed a number …

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May 13

Shavuot Is Almost Here!

Here is an update from the Family Program! We are getting ready for Shavuot, which begins on Sunday night. This is a group that really likes to be creative so we used our creativity to make flower crowns for Shavuot! One of the fabulous things that came out of our creative time together, is that …

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Apr 28

Cautiously Caring for People Who are Sick

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we are exploring the concepts of בִּיקוּר חוֹלִים (bikur cholim – visiting sick people) through pretend play. A few sessions ago, the children shared that visiting people who are sick, “can make the sick person feel better!” Visiting is important, but children were concerned about the …

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Apr 15

What Might Sick People Need?

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have started our new theme, בִּיקוּר חוֹלִים (bikur cholim – visiting sick people). We read a story about a sick child who has someone come and visit them. The children shared about what people who are sick might need, based on their personal experiences. The …

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Mar 11

Getting Ready for Pesach

There is a lot of excitement about getting ready for Pesach (Passover) in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten). On Sunday, we met in person (outside). We brought out our super big seder plate, so we could work on remembering how to say the names of five main items that might be …

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Feb 25

Wrapping up Shehecheyanu

Over the past week and a half, the Nursery and Kindergarten aged children have been wrapping up our theme, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu). When you have certain kinds of special experiences and you notice that that the experience is special, you could choose to say the שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) blessing. We explored three categories of times you could …

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Feb 12

Purim with the Family Program

 פּוּרִים (Purim) is coming! פּוּרִים (Purim) is a joyful and merry sort of holiday. In the Family Program for 3 – 5 year old children that meets on Tuesday mornings, we began to learn some פּוּרִים (Purim) vocabulary through story, game and songs. We sang the song Chag Purim and put on our מַסֵּכָוֹת (masechot– …

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Jan 29

Shehecheyanu Feelings

This week, Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten) started thinking about Shehecheyanu feelings. First we heard one idea to help us figure out when a person might say Shehecheyanu.  “When I’m having a special experience, like getting something new and useful, or seeing someone I have not seen in a long time and notice I’m …

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Dec 17

Infused with Chanukah

It’s חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah)! The children in the Tuesday morning section of the Jewish Enrichment Center Family Program, have painted their חֲנוּכִּייוֹת (Chanukiyyot—Chanukah Menorahs)! Every one had its own unique style as every child had a different strategy for painting! So much joyful painting! One of the other special חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah) experiences this year, was getting …

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Dec 04

Chanukah is Coming!

This week, the children in our family program (the Tuesday morning group), began our exploration of חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah). One of the things we did was share about חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah) objects that we have in our homes. Some children brought a special חֲנוּכִּייָה (Chanukiyyah—Chanukah Menorah), and some children shared special things that their family does together …

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