• What a lovely start we've had to our second week of August Camp! Children in the 1st-5th grade group jumped right into being kind, caring and curious with each other as we opened up our theme for the week: the story of David and Yonaton (Jonathon) from the book of Shmuel (Samuel). They worked in teams to draw each of the characters from our story to help us keep track of who is who. In the afternoons, we've had a  [ MORE ]

  • Oh how wonderful to be back together for a full week of August Camp! Last week, children in 1st-5th grade explored mezuzah ("doorpost"). They hunted around the building for mezuzot, learned new techniques for clay, went on two AWESOME walking field trips to nearby playgrounds, and designed their own unique mezuzot. Children in nursery and kindergarten read favorite Shabbat stories to inspire their very own Shabbat production. They painted their own backdrops, designed costumes, and were delighted to perform for  [ MORE ]

  • In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have been preparing for the holiday of Shavuot (Weeks), which begins at sundown tonight! We made no-bake cheese cake! Crushing Graham Crackers for Crust Mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla We prepared blintzes for Shavuot meals: We played gleaning, based on what we read about Rut (Ruth) in Megillat Rut (The Story of Ruth, read on Shavuot):

  • It's been a tremendous year in Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!") for infants/toddlers and their grown-ups. What fun we've had celebrating an entire year of Jewish holidays by baking, painting, building, playing, singing, dancing, and SO MUCH MORE! When I went to choose my favorite photos to post in today's blog post, I was drawn to these: Wow. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your amazing children with me this year, but also thank you for sharing yourselves. What beautiful relationships  [ MORE ]

  • We continued our exploration of Shavuot ("Weeks") this week in Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends" for infants/toddlers and a grown-up). We made flower crowns, built aronot (plural: aron, ark) for the Torah, and even tasted a dairy treat! What a sweet way to end our Shavuot exploration together!

  • Shavuot is coming in Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!" for infants/toddlers)! We're baking cheesecakes Building really tall aronot (plural: arks) for the Torah Investigating Torah objects like the choshen (breastplate) and rimon (crown) and painting petals to use for our flower crowns. I can't wait to see how children explore next week!

  • Can you believe it's the end of April?! Look at the many, many incredible ways our Shalom Chaverim children have grown! When this one-year-old started the year, she explored our Jewish topics while lying on her back or tummy. Now, at the end of the year, she can sit up, crawl, and pull herself to stand! With her greater range of movement, we're seeing the ways that she can choose how to engage with Judaism. She can taste playdoh, feel  [ MORE ]

  • We've been celebrating holidays for weeks in to Anafim v'Alonim ("Branches" for 4th Grade and "Oak Trees" for 5th Grade)! We ate hamantaschen, and read Megillat Esther (Book of Esther), and constructed the Fortress City of Shushan to celebrate Purim. Then, we turned our focus towards Pesach (Passover): delving into the Torah Story, exploring Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) and Miriam HaNeviah -- characters who show up at the Seder, and trying out glass etching. Wow. We've been busy! Now,  [ MORE ]

  • In our spring theme, Shavuot, we are taking a close look at how Judaism has changed through time - from the Torah, to the early Rabbis, to Jewish people today (which includes us!). Children have been excited to share what they already know ("Yosef is in the Torah!") and to see how their ideas and interpretations ("I think Miryam was important because she brought spirit to the Israelites") are part of how Judaism continues to grow and change today. It's  [ MORE ]

  • In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have started exploring our final theme of the year, שָׁבוּעוֹת (Shavuot-Weeks). The starting point of this theme, is about תּוֹרָה (Torah). We started by making a list of everything that we already know about תּוֹרָה (Torah) . Then we went to visit every location in the building where we can find a תּוֹרָה (Torah). Taking notes about the תּוֹרָה Can you find your special אוֹת (ot- letter)? Children had  [ MORE ]

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