Elisa Aranoff

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Name: Elisa Aranoff
Date registered: September 19, 2019

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  1. Re-Enacting the Journey of a Jewish World-Traveler — December 2, 2020
  2. Change Your Place, Change Your Luck — November 19, 2020
  3. Small Shabbat Scenes and More — November 5, 2020
  4. It’s a Sukkah Time Machine! — October 21, 2020
  5. Sukkot in the School-Day Program — October 8, 2020

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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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Mar 06

Making Learning Fun and Active

Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) are learning the Hebrew names for parts of their bodies. We played a lot of games to get to know all these words.  One of our favorites was a game in which one child was the model while the other was the runner. The model laid down on the floor …

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Feb 26

We are getting ready…

The children of Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) are hard at work with Morah Shterna in the Yetzirah Studio on their final projects for the Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) theme! They are synthesizing everything we’ve been talking about for the past couple of months: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Eliyahu HaNavi, leadership, listening, partnership, …

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Feb 20

Children Interviewing Grown-Ups

The children of Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) want to interview you! This winter, we are exploring the character of Eliyahu HaNavi – Elijah the Prophet. Eliyahu reminds us to work for a better world. As part of this exploration, we invited parents and guests in so we could ask them questions about what they …

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Feb 04

We Are Trees

Tu B’Shevat is coming, and we are getting ready! For the birthday of the trees, which this year falls on Sunday, February 9, and Monday, February 10, we are celebrating everything about trees! Children in Nitzanim (“buds” for 1st-2nd grades) played a variation of the game known as Wax Museum or Sculpture Garden. They pretended …

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