• 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 ]

  • Children reviewing each other's ideas, and asking follow up questions. We are wrapping up our projects, and discussing our ideas with our peers! The children take turns presenting, asking questions, and offering support. We are SO EXCITED! to share our ideas and artwork with you! Join us at the Family Celebration and Exploration!

  • This week, we've been celebrating Tu B'Shvat - the Jewish New Year of the Trees! In Anafim V'Alonim ("Branches" for 4th Grade, "Oak Trees" for 5th Grade), we have been sharing fun facts about trees and the environment, making crafts together, and exploring different Tu B'Shvat rituals. Children building a Tu B'Shvat story together! A child sharing a stop-motion Tu B'Shvat film with their peers! At the end of the session, we had a celebration with our whole community! Below  [ MORE ]

  • Below are the final texts that children are exploring during our Yosef (Joseph) theme: Nursery and Kindergarten version: בְּרֵאשִׁית מ"ג Genesis 43 (Remember that there’s not enough food right now, because the land isn’t growing enough. The brothers went to Egypt and bought food from Yosef. They didn’t know he was their brother. Now the brothers and their father, Ya’akov, are almost out of food again.)  Their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more to  [ MORE ]

  • In Anafim v'Alonim ("Branches" for 4th Grade, "Oak Trees" for 5th Grade) we are so focused on expressing our growing ideas about Yosef! Behind these pictures are children rushing to sit down to begin reading the new text, delighting in the ever-increasing DRAMA of the story, and finding moments of fun and focus as they try out new techniques to express their ideas. Here are some of the children's BIG questions: Do you think Yosef is changed by his life  [ MORE ]

  • Here are the Torah texts that children are exploring during week 3 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme. בְּרֵאשִׁית מ Genesis 40: Nursery and Kindergarten version א)  וַיְהִי, אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, חָטְאוּ מַשְׁקֵה מֶלֶךְ-מִצְרַיִם, וְהָאֹפֶה--לַאֲדֹנֵיהֶם, לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרָיִםב)  וַיִּקְצֹף פַּרְעֹה, עַל שְׁנֵי סָרִיסָיו--עַל שַׂר הַמַּשְׁקִים, וְעַל שַׂר הָאוֹפִיםג)  וַיִּתֵּן אֹתָם בְּמִשְׁמַר, בֵּית שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים--אֶל-בֵּית הַסֹּהַר:  מְקוֹם, אֲשֶׁר יוֹסֵף אָסוּר שָׁםד)  וַיִּפְקֹד שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים אֶת-יוֹסֵף, אִתָּם--וַיְשָׁרֶת אֹתָם; וַיִּהְיוּ יָמִים, בְּמִשְׁמָר1) A while later, the king of Egypt’s cupbearer (he was the person who  [ MORE ]

  • Children in 1st through 5th grade were offered this text this week to provide them with some context before moving on to Genesis 40. 1st-3rd grade version: א) וְיוסֵף, הורד מִצְריְמָה; וַיִקנֵהו פוטִיפַר סְריס פַרעֹה שַר הַטַבָחִים, אִיש מִצְרי, מִיַד הַיִשְמְעֵאלִים, אֲשֶר הורדהו שָמָה1) Yosef was brought down to Egypt. An  Egyptian called Potiphar, a chief guard of  Par’oh, bought him from the Ishmaelites  who had brought him there.ב) וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוסֵף, וַיְהִי אִיש מַצְלִיחַ; וַיְהִי, בְבֵית אֲדנָיו הַמִצְרי ג) וַיַרא  [ MORE ]

  • Here is the Torah text that children are exploring during Week 2 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme. בְּרֵאשִׁית לז:יב-לוGenesis 37:12-36יב)  וַיֵּלְכוּ, אֶחָיו, לִרְעוֹת אֶת-צֹאן אֲבִיהֶם, בִּשְׁכֶם. יג)  וַיֹּאמֶר יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל-יוֹסֵף, הֲלוֹא אַחֶיךָ רֹעִים בִּשְׁכֶם--לְכָה, וְאֶשְׁלָחֲךָ אֲלֵיהֶם; וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ, הִנֵּנִי.One day, Yosef’s brothers went to Sh’chem to take care of their father’s sheep. Ya’akov, whose name was also Yisrael, asked Yosef to check on them. Yosef said, “הִנֵנִי Hineni - Sure!”יד)  וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ, לֶךְ-נָא רְאֵה אֶת-שְׁלוֹם אַחֶיךָ וְאֶת-שְׁלוֹם הַצֹּאן, וַהֲשִׁבֵנִי, דָּבָרYisrael said to  [ MORE ]

  • Here is the Torah text that children are exploring during Week 1 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme. בְּרֵאשִׁית לז.א-יאGenesis 37:1-11א)  וַיֵּשֶׁב יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מְגוּרֵי אָבִיו--בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַןYa’akov lived in the land of Cana’an. This is the story of Ya’akov and all his family.ב)  אֵלֶּה תֹּלְדוֹת יַעֲקֹב, יוֹסֵף בֶּן-שְׁבַע-עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה הָיָה רֹעֶה אֶת-אֶחָיו בַּצֹּאן, וְהוּא נַעַר אֶת-בְּנֵי בִלְהָה וְאֶת-בְּנֵי זִלְפָּה, נְשֵׁי אָבִיו; וַיָּבֵא יוֹסֵף אֶת-דִּבָּתָם רָעָה אֶל-אֲבִיהֶםWhen Ya’akov’s son Yosef was 17 years old, he helped tend his father’s flocks with his  [ MORE ]

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