• 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • As we approach the end of the texts for our Yosef (Joseph) theme, the children in Nitzanim v'Anafim ("Buds" for 1st-2nd grades and "Branches" for 3rd grade) are coming up against some big, real life questions. They are thinking deeply about what causes someone to do something like throw their brother in a pit or in prison. What makes someone a nice person? Child 1: Maybe Yosef [throws his brothers in prison because] they did a really mean thing to  [ MORE ]

  • Here is the Torah text that children are exploring during week 4 of our Yosef (Joseph) theme: Nursery and Kindergarten version: Genesis 42 (בְּרֵאשִׁית מב) (Remember that there’s not enough food right now, because the land isn’t growing enough. People are hungry.) Ya’akov (Yosef’s father) heard that there was food in Egypt. So Ya’akov said to his sons, “Why are you just standing there looking at each other? I heard there’s food in Egypt. Go down there and buy some  [ MORE ]

  • The children in Nitzanim v'Anafim ("Buds" for 1st-2nd grades and "Branches" for 3rd grade) always get excited about trying out new art materials, and that excitement was BURSTING out of them when we started using chalk pastels last week - so much so that we just had to continue with them this week! Children were exclaiming across the studio about new ways of using the chalk pastels, and how thrilled they were with the art they were able to make.  [ 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 ]

  • This week at the Jewish Enrichment Center, we started our new theme: יוֹסֵף (Yosef)! After hearing the text (Genesis 37:1-11) for just the first time, the children in Nitzanim v'Anafim ("Buds" for 1st-2nd grades and "Branches" for 3rd grade) were absolutely bursting with questions and ideas. "This is Ya'akov and all his children. Everyone except for Yosef is red because they are all mad at him. It's not Yosef's fault his father loved him best. Maybe the brothers are mad  [ 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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