Sara Grossman

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Name: Sara Grossman
Date registered: August 18, 2014

Latest posts

  1. Trades — May 9, 2022
  2. Bedtime שְׁמַע Shema — January 26, 2022
  3. Amazing — November 18, 2021
  4. Digging Deeper — October 13, 2021
  5. Sukkat Shalom — October 1, 2021

Most commented posts

  1. Exodus 16 for Nursery-2nd grade — 3 comments
  2. Genesis 12 for 1st-6th grades — 2 comments
  3. Genesis 40:1-23 (Yosef in Prison) for 1st-5th — 2 comments
  4. Exodus 35-36 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments
  5. Exodus 16 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

May 09

Trades

I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with the children in Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd) over the last week. Children have been building scenes to explore ideas about sh’mitah (“release,” the agricultural sabbatical year). Each pair of children has a building tray with different sets of loose materials such as corks, glass gems, and metal …

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Jan 26

Bedtime שְׁמַע Shema

Children in Shorashim (“Roots” for nursery) and Shteelim (“Saplings” for kindergarten) are excited to tell you that they know about THREE times that Jewish people might say the shema: morning, evening, and at bedtime. This whole week, we’ve been playing lots of bedtime shema. First, we needed to make a bedtime scene for our dramatic …

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Nov 18

Amazing

Dear Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 3rd-4th grades and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), You are amazing. You showed us this week how naturally you collaborate with your peers, how well you know yourselves and the way that you like to express your ideas, how much you value togetherness, how creative and focused you are, your …

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Oct 13

Digging Deeper

We’re in the second week of our new theme, Avraham v’Lot (Abraham and Lot) and children of all ages are excitedly digging deeper into our text from Genesis 13. (Click here for 1st-5th grade version. Click here for nursery and kindergarten version). Children in Shteelim (“Saplings” for kindergarten) worked together to share ideas about why …

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Oct 01

Sukkat Shalom

Have your third, fourth, and fifth graders been talking about the amazing Sukkat Shalom (shelter of peace) that they designed? As part of our beginning of the year community building in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for third and fourth grades and “Oak Trees” for fifth grade) and in connection with the Sukkot (Booths) holiday, children explored …

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Sep 10

A sweet start to the new year

Shanah tovah u’metukah! (A happy and sweet new year)! I can’t think of a sweeter way to start the new Jewish year than by having children onsite for our FIRST in-person afterschool session since March 2020! One third grader looked around with eyes open wide and called the building, “the new old building.” How sweet …

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Jun 08

לְהִתְרָאוֹת (L’hitraot — See you later)

We’ve come to the final week of our year together, and in Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) we’re spending it telling each other warm fuzzies and playing games that make us laugh. It’s been the weirdest year ever, but these tremendous children have shown up week after week ready to care for each other, be …

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May 25

The Small Moments

It’s hard to believe that we’re coming to the end of another year of Jewish Enrichment Center. What a beautiful year it’s been! In previous years when we were together in-person, I took for granted all of the tiny moments of connection that were possible throughout the day–checking in with every child as they entered …

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May 13

Prayer and Bikur Cholim (Visiting Sick People)

We’re coming to the final weeks of our Bikur Cholim (Visiting Sick People) theme. Each week I have been moved by the way that children are thinking so deeply about our theme and sharing such empathetic insights. The depth of their ideas speaks not only to the individual children themselves and their amazing brains, but …

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Apr 27

COVID-19 and Bikur Cholim

Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) children are deep into the heart of our Bikur Cholim (Visiting Sick People) theme. As in any other theme, children are bringing their unique perspectives and experiences into dialogue with our Jewish texts within a community of their peers. Throughout the year we’ve seen glimmers of the way that children …

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