Category Archive: Shabbat

Nov 03

Challah Baking with Young Children

The children in Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!” for ages 0 – 3 and their grown-ups) are enthusiastically exploring Shabbat. They spent one session preparing for Shabbat by pretending to wash dishes, sweep the floor, make soup, and set a Shabbat table. During the second session they used watercolors on cloth napkins to create challah covers. During last …

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Oct 21

Shabbat Dramatic Play Outdoors

The children in Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!” for ages 0 – 3 and their grown-ups) are exploring Shabbat. To prepare for Shabbat children washed toy food and containers, or put wooden coins into a tzedakah box. They sculpted play-dough into Shabbat objects such as challah, a kiddush cup, candles, candlesticks, or a bottle of grape juice. …

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Nov 05

Exploring Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the children began an exploration of Shabbat. Of course, the way young children explore just about any concept is through rich sensory exploration– so, together with our grown ups, that’s exactly what we did. Through stories and songs and games, we heard about some of the special foods Jewish people …

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Nov 19

Shabbat Around the World in Shalom Chaverim

In Shalom Chaverim, the children are continuing to explore the way Jewish people all around the world celebrate Shabbat. There were  opportunities to explore authentic ritual objects. The children moved, touched and manipulated candlesticks and a Kiddush cup as they created their own drawings of Shabbat objects. We even pretended to place candles inside the …

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Jan 22

Shabbat around the World in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim we used our guf (bodies) to explore the ways Jewish people around the world celebrate Shabbat!   There were ample opportunities to use our af (nose) to smell the spices of Havdalah as we created our own spice paint together– and then we used out etzbaot (fingers) to create colorful and fragrant …

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Jan 15

Saying Shalom to Shabbat!

This week in Shalom Chaverim we found out lots of things our guf( body) may see, hear, smell, and even taste at havdalah, when we say good bye to Shabbat and “shavua tov!”   We are sorting and matching the shapes, in puzzles and along the window.   With our etzbaot (fingers) we are touching …

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May 05

Challah in Shalom Chaverim

The children in Shalom Chaverim were exploring challah in a variety of multi-sensory ways.   There was toy challah, to touch and feel (and even taste, for some of the youngest children!)             As we cover and uncover the toy challah together, we are learning about the significance of this …

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Nov 16

Havdalah Explorations

This Sunday in Shalom Chaverim was all about exploring havdalah with all of our senses (but especially smell!) The children were free to explore a variety of images of different havdalah sets together, and to draw on them, add to them, and embellish them using markets. As we draw and examine the images, we are …

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Oct 27

Learning about Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim

In Shalom Chaverim this week there were many new things to explore! There was a lot of interest in our new “sticky window.” (A piece of contact paper spread over the window.) Children arranged and rearranged Shabbat objects and even practiced sharing challah and candlesticks with one another. In addition to the flat representations of …

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Oct 21

Baking Challot

The Shalom Chaverim room smelled amazing on Sunday! We learned all about challah, starting with an exploration of some of the tools used to make challah. Some children made measuring and stirring motions, and several chose to try on a mixing bowl as a hat. Then there were ingredients to stir, and measure, and explore. …

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