Tag Archive: text interpretation

Nov 06

Feelings of Safety

What helps you feel safe? In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we spent some time exploring the objects, places and routines in our lives that make us feel safe. By the end of our time together, we were making connections to the תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”) being a place of safety …

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Nov 05

Making connections

We’re on the cusp of something big in Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grade children). Check out the connections that children are making between our text from Genesis 6-9 and the pandemic: Child 1:… All day he’s (Noah) feeding the animals, and some need to get fed at night. He’s tired, and he wants to get …

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Oct 28

Building new skills!

As we dive deeper into our theme, תֵּבָה (Teyva – “Ark”), the children in Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade) have also been diving deeper into their feelings and opinions about the text. One skill that Nitzanim has been working hard on is listening to each other’s thoughts and then saying if we connect or agree with …

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Jan 29

On Creating Line Drawings (educational materials)

Hello! This is Morah Shterna (the yetzirah – art educator), here to tell you about the process of creating line drawings at the Jewish Enrichment Center. When introducing a new Jewish text to the younger children (N4 through 2nd grade) we often create line drawings to help them follow along with the text. These drawings …

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Oct 25

Getting to the heart of it

This week, Nitzanim children heard Genesis 3:1-10 for the first time, and wow were they ready to dive right in! All of the work we’ve been doing over the last few weeks to listen to our inner voices (see post here) has prepared children to notice details in the text and ask big questions. In …

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Oct 25

The Tree of Knowing Good and Bad

As we continue our exploration of our current theme Adam v’Adamah in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 2nd-4th grades and “Oak trees” for 5th grade), many children are captivated by the Tree of knowing good and bad.  In Genesis 2, we encounter the tree of knowing good and bad. Here are the versus in Genesis 2 that …

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Oct 04

Interpretation in yetzirah (art/creativity)

Today, a child was feeling stuck. He wanted to show Adonai Elohim (God) removing the rib bone from the adam (human) and building ishah (woman) in Genesis 2, but he wasn’t sure how to draw it. I posed the question to his peers, “How might Child A show this part?” and immediately we had a …

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Sep 27

Getting messy in Anafim v’Alonim!

This week children in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 2nd-4th grades and “Oak trees” for 5th grade) experimented painting with their etzba’ot (fingers). It was a hit! The children only worked with primary colors and white, such amazing mixing they did! Each session children chose a new part of the text we read. So far we …

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May 14

Update from Anafim v’Alonim!

The last couple of weeks have been so generative and awesome!  Last week Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades) looked back at what the early Rabbis said about נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden). We remembered that נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol …

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May 09

Searching for examples

This week, Nitzanim children are diving into the Book of Ruth to search for examples of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ(nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden). After hearing the text read aloud, children created comics, buildings, and collages. This second pass at the text is an opportunity to extend their thinking, use their …

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