Category Archive: Chagim (Jewish Holidays)

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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Oct 08

A Virtual Sukkot Celebration

We are nearing the end of the holiday of סוכות (Sukkot)! This week, groups of nursery aged children got to celebrate together virtually. If we had met in person, each child would have had the opportunity to shake the לולב (lulav) and אתרוג (etrog). This did not stop anyone from participating in experiencing the לולב (lulav) …

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Oct 07

A Sukkah for Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd)

“Imagine that there’s no COVID and all of Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) is huddled in a sukkah, and we’re cozy in our sleeping bags, and maybe Morah Sara and Morah Maisie snuck you a s’more. What would you want it to feel like in the sukkah?”  Sounds like a dream, right? Well, Anafim thought …

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Sep 30

Wishes for Nitzanim

This week in Nitzanim (“Buds,” for first grade children), we wrapped up the project we have been working on for the new year. This project has been helping us do the work of getting ready for a new year by doing what we’ve been calling “inside thinking.” We reflected on the past year and made …

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Sep 24

Building intentional community online

!שנה טובה (Happy New Year)! Long time no blog. We’ve missed you! Taking the Enrichment Center online has been a learning experience, to put it lightly. I’ve been growing and learning with your children for quite a few years (thank you for letting me love them, too). So this change has felt like an even …

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Sep 23

Rosh Hashanah Wishes

שנה טובה (Shanah Tovah-have a good year)! It’s been a while, but a new year at the Jewish Enrichment Center has begun. I’ve always felt that it makes sense that ראש השנה (Rosh Hashanah-The beginning of the New Jewish Year), is around the beginning of the new academic year. It’s a good time to reflect …

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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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Oct 18

See you Sunday!

We’ve been so busy preparing for our Sukkot Harvest Party. Making treats to share. Shaking the lulav and etrog. And playing some new Sukkot Ivrit (Hebrew) games. We can’t wait to celebrate the season’s bounty with you. See you Sunday at 9:15!

Sep 27

Snapshots of a Rosh Hashanah Story

Did you know that the children in Shorashim (‘Roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) are storytellers and editors? This week at כיבוד (kibud–snack), we looked at photos of the ways we have played Rosh Hashanah and wrote a story to go with the photos. We also went through a process to edit the …

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Sep 20

A Community of Kindness

The children in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) have started the year working on being a community where we all take care of each other by being kind to each other. There were so many examples of children being kind this week: We welcomed guests for a Rosh Hashanah celebration! We …

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