Category Archive: Chanukah

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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Dec 17

Saying “Shalom” to Hanukkah in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the children spent one last session together exploring the sights, sounds, tastes, and symbols of Hanukkah. Even though Hanukkah is over, it is exciting to observe the children connecting to ideas about the holiday in ways that have deepened over the past few weeks together. When we first began exploring …

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Dec 11

What does Chanukah Look Like in our Group?

Chanukah is going strong for שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten). We have been playing lots of ways of celebrating Chanukah and testing out our recall of the Chanukah story. We all had a chance to share ways that we might celebrate Chanukah with our families, or at the Jewish Enrichment Center… …

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Nov 28

Uncovering the Chanukkah Story

Making a final project is hard work! We’ve made drafts, constructed our collages, put on finishing touches, and discussed our interpretations! While we’re still making sure that every detail is just how we want it for the Family Exploration and Celebration, we took a break to build and draw about the Chanukkah story. Different parts …

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Dec 19

Chanukkah Joy

Gather around! It’s time to light the נרות (nerot–candles) for Chanukkah. How wonderful to be able to celebrate Chanukkah together over the last week, cozy together as the נרות (nerot–candles) burned. We’ve played competitive games of סביבון (sevivon–dreidel). Created our own beeswax נרות (nerot–candles) to take home. And even made special Chanukkah-shaped עגיות (ugiyot–cookies). We hope your …

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