Tag: connection

A Very Busy Month

It’s been a very busy month in Anafim V’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th Grade and “Oak Trees” for 5th Grade)! We’ve celebrated Jewish holidays together, we’re learning t’fillah (Prayers), and we are charged with ideas about תְּשׁוּבָה teshuvah. We are defining תְּשׁוּבָה teshuvah as ‘returning to the path I want to be on’, and we have …

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Celebrating together

After a long summer where we missed your children, it was so wonderful to be back with them for an incredible two weeks of August Camp. (Find out more about August Camp and Special Days, our full days of Jewish Enrichment!) While I do love many of the parts of August Camp, going on field …

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Bravo!

We’re nearing the end of our Teyva (“Ark”) theme, and Anafimers (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) are eagerly putting the finishing touches on their final projects. At the end of our session today, it was time to share our progress with each other. One child, who is writing from the perspective of characters in our text, …

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Deepening each other’s ideas in Anafim v’Alonim

What a week it has been in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades).  All the deep and thoughtful question asking, ideas and artwork that have developed over this theme are just… EXTRAORDINARY!!   This week children did some serious and focused planning for their projects to share with the community …

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Celebration

Can you believe it’s already December? Where has the time gone? It feels like only yesterday that Nitzanim children were starting a new year in a new space with a new morah (teacher). Children have grown and learned so much since September! There’s so much to celebrate! We’re celebrating the way that children tried a Chanukah think-pair-share today …

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We’re back!

We’re back! After a summer apart, we are thrilled to be back for our first week at the Jewish Enrichment Center. And what a joyful week of kindness, community building, and trying new thing’s it’s been! We’ve kindly offered each other strategies for finding out the names of Hebrew letters. We’ve tried a new way to …

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What does community look like?

We started something new this week. I can’t tell you much about it because… it’s a secret! What I can tell you is that our new project represents the culmination of one whole year together in Nitzanim. Children have worked so hard to learn what it looks like and sounds like to be a Nitzanim community, …

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A walk down memory lane

This week in Beit Nitzanim, we’re taking a walk down memory lane to begin reflecting on all of the learning and growing we’ve done in our community. We started by looking at photographs to help us remember our favorite ways to play, the projects we’re so proud of, and all of the עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) learning …

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A Different Kind of Connection

I often end up blogging about moments of connection in Beit Nitzanim. We care so much about collaboration, and we deliberately spend time growing the skills for being part of a community. And while I may sound like a broken record, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful partnerships I’ve seen in …

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We can all learn from each other

All year long we work with the children to activate a sense of community. We can all learn from each other, we say. We practice listening and sharing what we heard our peer say. We practice building with a partner to expose our initial ideas about text to other perspectives. We practice playing Hebrew games together and holding each other …

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