• Another wonderful bunch of Special Days! Continuing our Special Day theme for the year of exploring Jewish communities around the world, this Monday and Tuesday we took a trip to India and got to know some of the various aspects of Jewish Indian culture. Children in the 1st-5th grade group took a look at the map and learned about where the three main Jewish communities in India are located. We learned about how Jews in India borrow a lot of  [ MORE ]

  • Hey! Did you know that when local schools are out, we get to explore, create, imagine ALL. DAY. LONG.? Special Days are our super awesome full days of Jewish Enrichment when local schools are out. We do AMAZING projects, spend time outside, bake, and so much more! This year, our Special Days take us to Jewish communities around the world. At the beginning of November, we spent three days exploring the Jewish community of Morocco. What fabulous, fun days! Here's  [ MORE ]

  • SO beautiful! What a special item made by our nursery and kindergarten children. Listening to the children, we heard their fascination with the items that show how special the Torah is: silver and gold, bells, crowns, lace. Every part of the Torah curtain's design was guided by children's voices and children's choices. "We should make a tree!" Children headed outside to look at trees and determine the shape they wanted. "It should have roots, because we're shorashim (roots)." "We need  [ MORE ]

  • From Moreh Ezra Kiers: In Anafim v'Alonim (“Branches and Oak Trees” for children in 3rd-5th grades), we've been diving deep into our fall Torah theme, Rivkah. The children have read and explored texts from Breishit כ׳׳ד, Breishit כ׳׳ה, and Breishit כ׳׳ז (Genesis 24, Genesis 25, and Genesis 27).  Children have begun to develop their skills working with clay as a modality to explore their ideas about the text. They're working together to brainstorm big questions... ... and getting ready to start working on their  [ MORE ]

  • In Nitzanim ("Buds" for 1st-2nd grades) last week we got to try out a new yetzirah (art/creativity) material: watercolor crayons! They can be drawn with like crayons, but when water is added they start acting like watercolors. We started by showing the children a few techniques they could do: draw on the paper and then add water with a brush, put water on the paper with a brush and then draw on it, press harder or lighter with the crayon,  [ MORE ]

  • Children in Shorashim v'Shteelim ("Roots" for nursery and "Saplings" for kindergarten) have been busy getting ready for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot! They've been stringing beads for decorations and making paper chains; designing model sukkot with blocks; baking sweet treats for Sukkot; and building and decorating our play sukkah. We can't wait to celebrate Sukkot next week by visiting the sukkah and shaking the lulav (palm) and etrog (citron)! Chag Sukkot Sameach! Happy Sukkot Holiday!

  • In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been learning so many new things and routines. One area where things feel new and special is in our Yetzirah (arts/creativity) studio, where we had an introductory session about what materials we can find in the studio. We worked in pairs to find all of the items on a bingo board. In each pair, children took turns holding the clipboard and marking that spots on the boards with  [ MORE ]

  • Oh how wonderful to be back together for a full week of August Camp! Last week, children in 1st-5th grade explored mezuzah ("doorpost"). They hunted around the building for mezuzot, learned new techniques for clay, went on two AWESOME walking field trips to nearby playgrounds, and designed their own unique mezuzot. Children in nursery and kindergarten read favorite Shabbat stories to inspire their very own Shabbat production. They painted their own backdrops, designed costumes, and were delighted to perform for  [ 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!

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