How We Celebrated Purim

Last week we had a great time celebrating Purim! . Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates when the Jewish people were saved from destruction in the Persian Empire. This story is also told in the Biblical Book of Esther. King Ahasuerus chose Esther as his wife. The Kings’ adviser Haman (booo) planned to kill all theContinue reading “How We Celebrated Purim”

Tu B’Shevat

We had a great week last week learning about Tu B’Shevat (the Birthday of trees!) *We squeezed our own oranges to make orange juice *We planted seeds *We made bird feeders *We cut up fruit and made a fruit salad *We learned how to crack nuts *We created trees–out of paint, twigs, rocks, and more!Continue reading “Tu B’Shevat”


As Thanksgiving approaches we are teaching our students not only about the importance of being thankful, but also about the importance of giving to others. Throughout the year we talk about Mitzvah (or the plural Mitzvot) which are good deeds. Each week as we gather to celebrate Shabbat and we give to tzedakah (or charity). We passContinue reading “Mitzvah!”

Pumpkin Challah

Last week Morah Michelle’s class made pumpkin challah with Morah Julie and volunteer Lisa Steindel. They got to see the difference in the color of regular challah and pumpkin challah and also got to taste it. While the challah was rising we were able to take the bowl around to different classrooms so other studentsContinue reading “Pumpkin Challah”

How We Celebrated the Holidays!

Below is a gallery of pictures of how we have been celebrating and learning about the Jewish Holidays here at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center! Rosh Hashanah: (The Jewish New Year) We heard different sounds of the shofar, painted with apples, dipped apples in honey, and participated in the Apples and Honey Festival! Yom Kippur:Continue reading “How We Celebrated the Holidays!”

Bee Dancing for Rosh Hashanah

Hi – Apples and honey are everywhere these days! We know that apples come from trees, but where does honey come from? Today we learned all about bees. Bees have two eyes just like people, but they also have six legs, four wings and two antennas. What should you do if a bee flies closeContinue reading “Bee Dancing for Rosh Hashanah”

Crazy Hat Days and Costumes? What is Purim?

Hi, It’s Kara from the front office. I wanted to write a quick blog post about Purim. I am not Jewish, but have been working at Beth Shalom since June of 2011, and consider myself a Jewish Educator. Last School Year was really a time of me learning about the different holidays and traditions ofContinue reading “Crazy Hat Days and Costumes? What is Purim?”