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How can I #BeTheShamash ?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Chanukah menorah has eight branches of light plus one additional branch, called the Shamash שמש.  The Shamash candle sits apart from the others and has one very important job.

It’s job is to light the other candles.  It is the helper candle or the starter.  Without it, we would have no light in the dark [...]

The Very First Night Light

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Once upon a time at the very, very beginning, when the seasons changed for the very, very first time,  everything in creation paid very close attention.
It was just round this time of year when Bear noticed that the Sun’s strong beam went down earlier than usual.  ”It’s a little colder today,” said Bear to Elephant.
“Yes [...]

This Little Light of Mine: 8 Art Projects Exploring Light and Dark for Chanukah

Friday, November 20th, 2015

In preparation for Chanukah, my students and I explore light and dark.  Below, some art projects based on these themes.
Teacher Preparation:
Vocabulary words:
“Or” light
“Choshech” dark
“Ner” Candle
“Nerot” Candles
“Ner Tamid” eternal flame/light
“Shamash” – helper
In the story of Chanukah, the Macabbees dedicate the Temple by lighting the Ner Tamid, a light that stays lit always.  That means it’s still lit today. [...]

Chanukah Activites – Shamash Coloring Page

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Use your Shamash to light the other candles!

8 Ideas for 8 Nights!

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Shapes for your Chanukah Art Project

Friday, November 13th, 2015

 Click on the shapes below, print them out, and start decorating!      

Chanukah Recipes: Latkes and Applesauce

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Shira’s Famous Family Recipes
Latkes and Applesauce and don’t forget a little sour cream and then of course there’s sufganiyot (doughnuts) too.
Making Latkes and Applesauce with your children is the perfect way to celebrate this holiday together.  A little messy, but a LOT of fun! Play ShirLaLa Chanukah music to make it a party!  Or practice [...]

Chanukah Activites – Chanukah Word Search

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Can you find all of the Chanukah words?

Chanukah Activites – Nes Gadol Haya Sham Coloring Page

Friday, November 13th, 2015

A Great Miracle Happened There!

Chanukah Activites – Sufganiyot Coloring Page

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Yummy yummy jelly doughnuts!