• 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 ]

  • 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!

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) are ready to share their ideas about יוֹסֵף (Yosef) with their families! I want to share a snapshot of building that demonstrates their readiness. On Tuesday, a group of three children used their time in the special יוֹסֵף (Yosef) building area to build something that represents each part of the text (Genesis, chapters 37-45). When they were finished, one of the children narrated the whole thing and each  [ MORE ]

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have finally heard the final part of the יוֹסֵף (Yosef) text. We are now in project mode and starting to get ready to share our ideas about יוֹסֵף (Yosef) with our families! We have been building about יוֹסֵף (Yosef) for the entire theme. A new building area with a wide range of building materials ( think gems, tiles, natural blocks in a variety of sizes and shape, fabrics  [ MORE ]

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have been exploring the יוֹסֵף (Yosef) text, for four weeks! Each week, we have been adding new text. Meanwhile, we still remember the parts from past weeks and have even started making connections between things that happen in the newer parts and what happened earlier in the text! This week, one of the things that children have been thinking about, are the dreams that Par'oh (Pharaoh) has and Yosef's  [ MORE ]

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) are fully immersed in the יוֹסֵף (Yosef) text, and each week we are adding more! (You can read what we read this week here, https://jewishenrichment.org/2023/01/23/yosef-theme-text-genesis-40-and-41/ ) The ideas are flowing, children are asking questions and becoming interpreters of text. While all of these amazing things are happening we are continuing our work on what it means to be a community who takes care of each other and plays/  [ MORE ]

  • The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) were so excited to start our new theme, יוֹסֵף (Yosef), this week! The very first thing we did was read Genesis 37:1-11, where we meet Yosef and his family. After listening to this torah text a few times and asking our questions, we jumped into various ways to retell the text. We acted out the text with puppets. We acted out the text with Costumes and our bodies,  [ MORE ]

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