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Sep 30

Doing the Work of Becoming a Community

The beginning of the school year is always a very busy time, being in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) is no exception. In addition to the Jewish content that we are learning at the beginning of the year, we are doing things like learning new routines, learning each other’s Shemot (Hebrew …

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Jun 09

Name that Space

The Jewish Enrichment Center staff and volunteers have been hard at work. We are moving furniture and redecorating our spaces to prepare to welcome children back onsite in the fall. Do you recognize these spaces? What looks familiar? What is new to you? The process took several days, and is still progressing. In order to …

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Mar 12

Reflecting on Shehecheyanu

Shabbat Shalom! We are just a few hours away from the beginning of shabbat and I hope you all are able to soak up some sun this weekend. Just two weeks ago we celebrated the fabulous ideas and projects children worked on during the שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) theme. Below are three different vases children made and …

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Feb 23

“Epic” Special Days

No school? No problem! When the children in the School-Day Program have a day or two off from remote learning, we gather for a fun day of Jewish enrichment. In addition to art, building, cooking, and running around indoors and outdoors, our usual plan includes movie-making based on a book with Jewish content. First we …

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Feb 08

This Too Shall Pass

Have you heard this expression? In Hebrew it’s גַּם זֶה יַעֲבֹר (gam ze ya’avor). It’s a reminder that everything is transient. I am thinking a lot about these profound words nowadays as our School-Day Program comes to a close. The children, along with their families and teachers, are preparing to return to school in person …

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Jan 15

“Podding” is just like being at home (or is it even better?).

The children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center had a fun challenge last week: they had two asynchronous classes as part of their remote learning. The creative teachers instructed the children to use kitchen items and appliances as part of the lessons. Therefore we had to get creative at the Enrichment Center! …

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Dec 09

Safe Celebrations

How do you safely celebrate a child’s birthday in a pod? Here in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center, we have successfully celebrated two birthdays so far this school year, while maintaining cleanliness and social distancing. We started with a birthday banner that children took turns creating and decorating, with their own markers. …

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Nov 19

Change Your Place, Change Your Luck

How do you keep things fresh when Zoom-fatigue hits? There’s a Hebrew saying: “Change your place, change your luck.” The children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center are breaking up the days of remote learning by trying out different places around our one-room schoolhouse. They are also experimenting with various poses on …

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Nov 05

Small Shabbat Scenes and More

When the children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center recently gathered for a Special Day (a full day of Jewish enrichment when school is closed), they demonstrated remarkable creativity using autumn leaves and other natural materials to make small Shabbat scenes and more! We began by checking out this website of amazing, …

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Sep 24

The School-Day Program is off and running!

We are busy here in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center. In between our Zoom classes, school projects, getting to know the space, and getting to know each other, we are playing indoors and outside. We are exploring Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) through activities including a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, …

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