Emily Nadel

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Unfolding Questions

In Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th Grade, “Oak Trees” for 5th Grade) we are so focused on expressing our growing ideas about Yosef! Behind these pictures are children rushing to sit down to begin reading the new text, delighting in the ever-increasing DRAMA of the story, and finding moments of fun and focus as they …

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Languages for Every Child

In Anafim v’Alonim (Branches for 4th Grade and Oak Trees for 5th Grade), we are bursting with so many ideas and interpretations about Yosef! We are exploring the text alongside building our skills around sequential storytelling. We began by focusing on font choices and how we are using the words to convey our ideas. Then, …

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Sharing our תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah – Return) Theme

This past weekend, we gathered as a whole community to celebrate our תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah – Return) Theme. We thought of תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah) as returning to the path we want to be on, and displayed our projects under a path with our biggest questions about תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah). Children began by sharing their project with their grown-up, …

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Teen Chanukah Party!

Last week, 18 teens (6th-12th grade) celebrated Chanukah together at our Teen Chanukah Party! We made latkes… We dipped candles… We played dreidel… We designed light catchers… And we decorated cookies! We are so glad to celebrate together, and hope you’ll join us for our Purim Party!

תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah) Project Time

It’s project time in Anafim V’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th Grade and “Oak Trees” for 5th Grade)! We’re developing our big ideas about תְּשׁוּבָה teshuvah. We are defining תְּשׁוּבָה teshuvah as ‘returning to the path I want to be on’, and we have so many ideas to share with each other. A Few of Our Big Ideas about תְּשׁוּבָה …

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A Very Busy Month

It’s been a very busy month in Anafim V’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th Grade and “Oak Trees” for 5th Grade)! We’ve celebrated Jewish holidays together, we’re learning t’fillah (Prayers), and we are charged with ideas about תְּשׁוּבָה teshuvah. We are defining תְּשׁוּבָה teshuvah as ‘returning to the path I want to be on’, and we have …

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What does Shalom feel like?

In Anafim V’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grade, and “Oak Trees” for 5th Grade), we have so many ideas about how to take care of each other, and how to feel Shalom in our community. We began by sharing different rules for how we treat each other, and then put them into categories: Be kind Be …

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Welcome to Anafim v’Alonim

Welcome to Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 3rd-4th grades and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade)! After a long summer, we were so excited to see each other this fall. We began the year by playing pictionary with some summer stories, a slew of רֹאשׁ הַשָׁנַה (Rosh HaShannah) games, and sharing our hopes for our year together.

“Do Not Waste”, CREATE!

In our second week of August Camp, children in 1st through 5th grade explored the Jewish idea of Bal Taschit, “Do Not Waste”! We learned where Bal Taschit comes from (the Torah!), went on field trips to explore different types of green technology, built water filtration systems, and designed our own ideas for how to …

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פֶּסַח Pesach Passover in Anafim v’Alonim

Children in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 3rd-4th grades and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade) are treating each other with such kindness as we explore stories related to taking care of our community – especially those who have recently moved. We are writing, drawing, building, collaging, painting, working with natural dyes — and then sharing and …

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