Category Archive: Rosh Hashanah

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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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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Sep 13

Gearing up for a Sweet New Year

Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) are starting the year off on the right comunal foot. On our very first day together, children were already practicing talking and listening to a partner. We read a story where a whole community works together to help a child make her family’s Rosh Hashanah (Jewish …

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Sep 07

We’re back!

We’re back! After a summer apart, we are thrilled to be back for our first week at the Jewish Enrichment Center. And what a joyful week of kindness, community building, and trying new thing’s it’s been! We’ve kindly offered each other strategies for finding out the names of Hebrew letters. We’ve tried a new way to …

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Sep 05

Making Connections At Camp

  During camp this summer, at the Jewish Enrichment Center, nursery-1st grade children made connections to each other and the world around us! During our first week we explored social stories though dramatic play, building, art and cooking. For our purposes, social stories are, “stories about take care of each other at the Jewish Enrichment …

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Sep 28

Exploring the idea of “the cry” during the high holidays

This week, alonim and middle school really wrestled with two ideas about a cry in relationship to the high holidays. First, there is the cry of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Second, and where they really had asked questions, is about the text they are reading. In Genesis 18:20-21, “ Adonai said, “The cry of Sedom and Amorah …

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Sep 26

Shorashim Celebrates Rosh Hashanah!

Rosh Hashanah is when many Jewish people celebrate the new year. There are many traditional symbols associated with the holiday, such as apples and honey (eaten for a sweet new year), round challah (to represent the cyclical nature of time) and shofars (a horn that is blown to signify the coming of the new year). …

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