Category Archive: Chanukah

Dec 17

Infused with Chanukah

It’s חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah)! The children in the Tuesday morning section of the Jewish Enrichment Center Family Program, have painted their חֲנוּכִּייוֹת (Chanukiyyot—Chanukah Menorahs)! Every one had its own unique style as every child had a different strategy for painting! So much joyful painting! One of the other special חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah) experiences this year, was getting …

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Dec 16

Chanukah Collaboration

It’s Chanukah! Children in Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) have been bubbling over with excitement about Chanukah. Their enthusiasm is contagious! Something that has brought me light this Chanukah was watching this gorgeous collaboration between two second graders who were working together on a Chanukah building. I hope it brings you joy, too! Child 1: …

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Dec 09

Sing and dance and celebrate!

This week, we have spent lots of time celebrating! We have been celebrating finishing up our final projects for our תֵּבָה (Teyva – “Ark”) theme, and have been getting ready to celebrate חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah)! In Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade), this has looked like lots of joyous singing and dancing. On Tuesday, we had a special series …

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Dec 04

Chanukah is Coming!

This week, the children in our family program (the Tuesday morning group), began our exploration of חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah). One of the things we did was share about חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah) objects that we have in our homes. Some children brought a special חֲנוּכִּייָה (Chanukiyyah—Chanukah Menorah), and some children shared special things that their family does together …

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Dec 13

Retelling The Story of Chanukah through Shrinky Dinks

There are a number of super awesome ways we’ve been remind ourselves about the holiday and story of Chanukah. We’ve played variations of sevivon (dreidel), fun vocabulary games in ivrit (hebrew), and working with Shrinky Dinks. Yes- Shrinky Dinks. Who doesn’t like making itty bitty tiny things?! Children have used shrinky dinks to create different …

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Dec 13

Chanukah Play is Underway

Chanukah play is underway in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten)! Our preparations for Chanukah , the children get to hear some favorite chanukah folktales and play chanukah in our house area, playing סְבִיבוֹן (sevivon- dreidel), making latkes to eat, lighting the נֵרוֹת (neyrot -candles) in our חֲנֻכִּיָה (chanukiya- a menorah that …

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Dec 12

“Play”-ing the Chanukah Story

This week the children in Nitzanim (“Buds,” for first and second grade children) are hearing the Chanukah story with three different endings! The endings come from First Maccabees, Second Maccabees and the Talmud (Shabbat 21b). Nitzanim children listened to the story during kibud (snacktime), with each ending on a different day. Together with Morah Shterna …

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Dec 21

Concluding Chanukah with Creativity

This week in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), children have been putting the finishing touches on their Chanukah projects. These exemplify the range of ideas and learning styles that make our kevutzah (learning community) so wonderfully complex! Some children created a diorama, some made their own memes; others composed music, produced a …

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Dec 18

Chanukah: As Told by Shorashim and Shteelim

This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have been playing our version of the narrative associated with Chanukah. We did a lot of building, but the children are planning on making a short movie as well and spent time making props, so the viewers will know who are the …

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Dec 18

Showtime

How to make a Chanukah puppet show by Nitzanim (“Buds” for first grade). Step 1:Make a list of all the characters in the Chanukah* story. Then, make puppets, props, and backdrops. It helps to work with a buddy. Nitzanim children decided that we needed puppets to represent Jewish people, Syrian Greeks, King Antiochus, and Judah …

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