Aliza Geller

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Teshuvah Stories from our own Experience

This week the children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have started to tellstories about תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah– returning to the path you want to be on after making a mistake) from their own lives! We did a little bit of guided meditation to picture a place that we spend time and …

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תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah) Storytelling Theater

This week the children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) took their storytelling to the stage! They are creating incredible stories where תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah– returning to the path you want to be on after making a mistake) takes place. Our תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah) storytelling theater includes full audience participation. The audience offers …

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תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah) For Everyday Use

This week the שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) storytellers are at it again! They are creating incredible stories where תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah– returning to the path you want to be on after making a mistake) takes place. These stories, are often based on real life (you might notice that both of these …

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Teshuvah Storytelling

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have become totally immersed in our first theme of the year, תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah), which is about returning to the path you want to be on after making a mistake. These children already know so many ways to get back on the path you want …

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What do you do when you are feeling your big feelings?

So many amazing things are happening in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten)! During the past two weeks we have been thinking about, what can we do to feel calm inside and stay in charge of our own bodies when we feel big feelings? First, we heard a social story where the …

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How Do We Become A Community?

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we are all active in the process of becoming a community! This week, we learned a new מִשְׂחָק (mischak– game)! This מִשְׂחָק (mischak– game) is called רֹאשׁ הַשָׁנַה (Rosh Hashanah) on the Run. In this game, you run across the room with a card that …

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The “Try New Things” School

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we a starting the year with a stance of trying new things. In fact, one of the children decided that the Jewish Enrichment Center is the “try new things” school, because, “we are always trying new things here.” This week we have all tried lots …

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Lighting up Camp

During the last two weeks of August, the Jewish Enrichment Center gathered for camp. It was really amazing to see how much children have grown over the summer and how excited and focused they were on exploring like the Jewish Scientists we (the younger children) learned about during the first week of camp. The following …

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Hefkerville

שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten, are really taken with our שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah- agricultural sabbatical year). This week we introduced a new set of principals that apply to שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah- agricultural sabbatical year). הֶפְקֵר (Hefker), for our purposes, this means that anything growing in the fields in the שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah- agricultural sabbatical …

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Starting שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah)

Our Spring theme has begun, שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah), with a focus on the agricultural sabbatical year, a concept that come up in the torah a number of times like in the book of Exodus, chapter 23 verses 10-13. In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten, this meant that we started with playing on …

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