• 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!

  • Can you believe it's the end of April?! Look at the many, many incredible ways our Shalom Chaverim children have grown! When this one-year-old started the year, she explored our Jewish topics while lying on her back or tummy. Now, at the end of the year, she can sit up, crawl, and pull herself to stand! With her greater range of movement, we're seeing the ways that she can choose how to engage with Judaism. She can taste playdoh, feel  [ MORE ]

  • This week, families in Shalom Chaverim started our exploration of mezuzah. A mezuzah (literally, “doorpost”) is a small ritual object traditionally hung on the doorways of Jewish homes. Inside of the mezuzah is a parchment scroll, called a klaf, upon which are written biblical verses of the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21). For more information about mezuzot (plural of mezuzah), click here. Children explored mezuzot in the sensory bin. This (newly!) three-year-old is using her observational skills to notice similarities and  [ MORE ]

  • The families of Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!” for infants and toddlers with a grown-up) are starting to get ready for Pesach (Passover), by exploring the foods that might be found on a seder plate ! This week we made sweet charoset and got to taste it! Yum!

  • It is a little hard to believe, but  פּוּרִים (Purim) is right around the corner! The families of Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!” for infants and toddlers with a grown-up) are starting to get ready! This week we got to play with and make objects associated with  פּוּרִים (Purim). In both photos, children are playing with רַעֲשָׁנִים (ra’ashanim – noisemakers or groggers). The first photo, includes a pre-made רַעֲשָׁנִים (ra’ashanim – noisemakers or groggers), the second photo includes one made by the family.  [ MORE ]

  • In preparation forTu B'Shevat (the birthday of the trees), the families of Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!” for infants and toddlers with a grown-up) got to know the trees that live at the park across the street!

  • This week  Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!” for infants and toddlers with a grown-up) is getting ready for Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees! We painted flower pots to get ready for planting!

  • We're exploring Shabbat in Shalom Chaverim ("Welcome, Friends!" for infants and toddlers with a grown-up). Our favorite ways to play yesterday included shaping challah from brown, cinnamon-scented playdoh; exploring Shabbat pictures in the rice table; and painting Shabbat candleholders. We also sang a silly Shabbat song where we added chocolate chips, broccoli, carrots, cheese, and pineapple to our soup for Shabbat. What was most notable about our time together is the way that children in Shalom Chaverim have learned so  [ MORE ]

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