In recent weeks, we’ve explored an alternate form of meditation….We’ve been working on mandalas in mixed media with music to help us focus! (Mandalas are circular designs, used in many cultures for many purposes – everything from healing to calming.)
We’ve checked out other artists’ work….We’ve explored & added symbols and ideas that relate them Jewishly…what will you see in them?
Mandalas from past weeks are displayed in Room 1. Visit them there to get a better view…check them out as a group below!
It was an INCREDIBLE weekend with gimmel, daled, hay and vav students! Our madrichim were amazing as were the teachers who, as a team, staffed this weekend away from home. While we were housed in new bunks (the smell of the new varnish is still in many of our clothes), ate in a new dining hall and hung out in a new common room we were all happy to be at Ashokan. Many of the familiar sounds and smells have changed, but new ones will replace the old. The sight of the field covered in snow was a welcome way to spend the morning before lunch! Playing gaga and Ashokan games were as awesome as ever. Not to mention the WONDERFUL songs that each learning group created in an effort to teach us about an important character in the Hebrew Bible!
Our evening sing-a-longs lead by Maddy, Rebecca and Solomon were great! We were delighted by the accordion, guitars and the ukulele as well as the voices of all of the students! There is so much to tell about our adventures … night experience, 2 hour hike, morning hike, challenge and discovery, ropes course, bedtime songs … great food, time to chill … and the bus rides! Please browse through the many photos and post questions and comments to help us share what YOU want to know about the place/experience, simply known as Ashokan!
Our class had a great first day! While we have been to synagogue school already this year, today was the first time that Hay Shabbat School was together! Over the course of the year we will be studying about the נבאים (Prophets), גמילות חסדים (G’milut Hasidim) and the value of תיקון עולם (Tikkun Olam).
When posed with the question, “What is תיקון עולם?”our class shared a variety of answers: world peace, friendship, helping others, repairing the world, Israel, saying sorry when needed. These words and phrases will the be jumping off point for our discussions regarding this important value. Quite literally, תיקון עולם means repairing the world … yet what does that mean to each of us? Please share your thoughts in our comments :)!
With just a few moments before attending שירה (music) with Cantor Eric, we set forth to learn about what texts comprise the Hebrew Bible. The three elements are: .תורה נבאים כתובים – ת.נ.ך
Our students were puzzled using the word, Bible, as they relate that word to describing the Christian Bible. Over the course of the year, we will continue to note which texts come from what part of the ת.נ.ך.
After שירה we had our first ביחד (b’yachad) service with our families. My favorite moment in our ביחד service is when families reach out to each other at the end of the עמידה (amidah) when we recite ברכת השלום (blessing for peace). Our community becomes literally connected to each other and for those moments, we stand as one!
Wishing everyone שנה טובה ומתוקה A happy and sweet new year!