Aliza Geller

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Name: Aliza Geller
Date registered: September 14, 2016

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  1. נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) Puppets — November 19, 2020
  2. Feelings of Safety — November 6, 2020
  3. An Ark in the Park — October 21, 2020
  4. A Virtual Sukkot Celebration — October 8, 2020
  5. Rosh Hashanah Wishes — September 23, 2020

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Nov 19

נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) Puppets

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have begun working out our final project for our theme,  תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”). The first thing we did was make a puppet of the character, נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”). As children were adding clothes and facial expressions, I asked some questions about נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”). In …

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Nov 06

Feelings of Safety

What helps you feel safe? In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we spent some time exploring the objects, places and routines in our lives that make us feel safe. By the end of our time together, we were making connections to the תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”) being a place of safety …

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Oct 21

An Ark in the Park

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been meeting on zoom during the week and in a park on Sunday mornings. We’ve opened up our theme, תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”). In the text, Genesis chapter 6 (found here), God tells נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) to build an ark. On our …

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Oct 08

A Virtual Sukkot Celebration

We are nearing the end of the holiday of סוכות (Sukkot)! This week, groups of nursery aged children got to celebrate together virtually. If we had met in person, each child would have had the opportunity to shake the לולב (lulav) and אתרוג (etrog). This did not stop anyone from participating in experiencing the לולב (lulav) …

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Sep 23

Rosh Hashanah Wishes

שנה טובה (Shanah Tovah-have a good year)! It’s been a while, but a new year at the Jewish Enrichment Center has begun. I’ve always felt that it makes sense that ראש השנה (Rosh Hashanah-The beginning of the New Jewish Year), is around the beginning of the new academic year. It’s a good time to reflect …

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Feb 27

Cultivating Leadership Skills with Young Children

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been working with a paradigm of leadership that connects to skills that the children are already starting to develop. That a leader is someone who works to make the would bette, using listening, partnership, courage and persistence. One exploration that the children have …

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Feb 07

Shifts in Intensity

This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been working on our understanding of an intense experience that Eliyahu HaNavi has in our text. 11 [Adonai] said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before Adonai.”V’hineh, Adonai passed by!A great and powerful wind ripped through the mountain, shattering rocks …

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Jan 31

Introducing Eliyahu HaNavi

This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we started to hear and talk about the character, Eliyahu HaNavi. We heard and introduction to the text, which comes from I Kings, chapter 19: Eliyahu Hanavi was a leader. He was trying to make peace between people. (Eliyahu HaNavi was trying to …

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Jan 24

Partner Pictures

This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we continued our explorations involving listening and partnership, two skills/ capacities a person might need when working to make the world better. One category of listening/partnership exploration is called partner pictures. We tried a few different kinds of partner pictures, but the one …

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Jan 17

Building Something Together

This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we started our new theme, Eliyahu HaNavi. Our focus has been on people/ leaders working to make the world a better place. Many of our explorations involve listening and partnership, two skills/ capacities a person might need when working to make the world …

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