Elisa Aranoff

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Name: Elisa Aranoff
Date registered: September 19, 2019

Latest posts

  1. “Epic” Special Days — February 23, 2021
  2. This Too Shall Pass — February 8, 2021
  3. “Podding” is just like being at home (or is it even better?). — January 15, 2021
  4. Safe Celebrations — December 9, 2020
  5. Re-Enacting the Journey of a Jewish World-Traveler — December 2, 2020

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Feb 23

“Epic” Special Days

No school? No problem! When the children in the School-Day Program have a day or two off from remote learning, we gather for a fun day of Jewish enrichment. In addition to art, building, cooking, and running around indoors and outdoors, our usual plan includes movie-making based on a book with Jewish content. First we …

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Feb 08

This Too Shall Pass

Have you heard this expression? In Hebrew it’s גַּם זֶה יַעֲבֹר (gam ze ya’avor). It’s a reminder that everything is transient. I am thinking a lot about these profound words nowadays as our School-Day Program comes to a close. The children, along with their families and teachers, are preparing to return to school in person …

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Jan 15

“Podding” is just like being at home (or is it even better?).

The children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center had a fun challenge last week: they had two asynchronous classes as part of their remote learning. The creative teachers instructed the children to use kitchen items and appliances as part of the lessons. Therefore we had to get creative at the Enrichment Center! …

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Dec 09

Safe Celebrations

How do you safely celebrate a child’s birthday in a pod? Here in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center, we have successfully celebrated two birthdays so far this school year, while maintaining cleanliness and social distancing. We started with a birthday banner that children took turns creating and decorating, with their own markers. …

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Dec 02

Re-Enacting the Journey of a Jewish World-Traveler

The children in the School-Day Program spent two sequential Special Days last week exploring the journey of Benjamin of Tudela, the Jewish Spaniard who traveled for 14 years during the 1100s through three continents. After listening to his stories and looking through pictures of what his destinations might have looked like, the children enthusiastically painted …

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Nov 19

Change Your Place, Change Your Luck

How do you keep things fresh when Zoom-fatigue hits? There’s a Hebrew saying: “Change your place, change your luck.” The children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center are breaking up the days of remote learning by trying out different places around our one-room schoolhouse. They are also experimenting with various poses on …

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Nov 05

Small Shabbat Scenes and More

When the children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center recently gathered for a Special Day (a full day of Jewish enrichment when school is closed), they demonstrated remarkable creativity using autumn leaves and other natural materials to make small Shabbat scenes and more! We began by checking out this website of amazing, …

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Oct 21

It’s a Sukkah Time Machine!

The children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center built an indoor sukkah out of PVC pipes, fabric, twine and branches. One child commented that he did not want to be transported back to ancient times while in the sukkah, and the concept of a sukkah time machine was born! The children individually made paper chains, then attached …

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Oct 08

Sukkot in the School-Day Program

We are exploring the festive Jewish holiday of Sukkot this week in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center!  The children constructed an indoor sukkah out of PVC pipes. One child commented that he did not want to be transported back to ancient times while in the sukkah, and the concept of a sukkah …

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Sep 24

The School-Day Program is off and running!

We are busy here in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center. In between our Zoom classes, school projects, getting to know the space, and getting to know each other, we are playing indoors and outside. We are exploring Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) through activities including a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, …

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