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The Little Shofar Winter/Khoreff 2011 / 5771 Jewish Family Congregation Early Childhood Center Newsletter Dear Parents, As I write this, I am looking out my window at a world in white. The snow has certainly dominated our days making traveling difficult and, sadly, closing school. Fortunately it has brought learning into our classrooms as our children discovered why snow forms and melts, and what animals do to protect themselves from snow and all the winter elements. Yet, in the middle of our winter studies we stopped to plant seeds and learn about trees. Yes, it was Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Near Year of the Trees, and it gave us a chance to acknowledge our role in caring for our environment by planting and learning about what trees give us. It was a welcome addition to our curriculum as we took a break from the snow and ice. The highlight of Tu B’Shevat was our “Shabbat and Tu B’Shevat for Me” service, and it was wonderful to see so many families brave the cold and join us for a fun service and pizza dinner. There is always something special happening in your child’s class from “Orange Day” to “Pajama and Teddy Bear Day.” Each special day brings science opportunities, such as mixing colors, reasons for increased verbal expression and exciting literary adventures. There are also special things happening for you at JFC. We have rescheduled the workshop to be given by Ellen Weisberg titled “Turning Sibling Rivalry into Sibling Acceptance” to Wednesday, March 2, 2011. You will have a chance to learn how to handle the problems that often arise between siblings and will be able to discuss any parenting questions or concerns that you have. A most compelling presentation was given by Alexis Johnson, PhD. Her topic was “Understanding and Working with Your Child’s Temperament,” which is part of the three-part series titled “Wise Parenting for the Preschooler.” It was an honor to be in attendance that evening. Dr. Johnson gave a psychologically revealing description of temperament types, and I would like to tell you a little about her discussion for all who were unable to attend. She began by detailing the two different types of temperaments described by Carl Jung as an “extrovert,” which is a person who is refueled by contact and an “introvert,” which is a person who is refueled by quiet time. As she explained, these temperaments are qualities that stay constant. Along with the quality of being an extrovert or an introvert, there are other characteristics that can impact a child’s or parent’s temperament. The


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Winter/Khoreff 2011 / 5771 first characteristic is whether a person is a “thinker,” one who depends on rules and thought to define their decisions, or if a person is a “feeler,” one who bases decisions on what is felt or sensed. The second distinguishing factor is that some people are risk takers, while others would be more comfortable playing it safe. As parents, it helps to know what type of temperaments their children have and also what their own temperaments are like. This knowledge guides parents on how to best parent their children. It also helps them alter their children’s more challenging behaviors to become more acceptable behaviors. Moderating a child’s inclination may help a risk taker make safer choices or an introvert learn better social skills. Other influential factors in determining a child’s temperament include a child’s activity level and whether a child is sleeping and eating regularly. The best part of the presentation was the time spent analyzing our own children’s temperaments and seeing how different or alike we are to them. The discussion created was enlightening, as I not only learned about the intricacies involved in determining temperaments, but I marveled at the dedication our parents give to raising their children. It is not too late to catch Dr. Johnson’s next two sessions. Please see the flier included in this newsletter and sign up today for the next two parts of this engaging program on parenting. We do not mind the snow here at the ECC. We learn about it and go out and have fun in it. Our outside snow studies will soon be leading into learning about our inside selves. The Yellow Room looks forward to learning about their bodies, the Blue Room will be exploring their five senses and the Green Room will be continuing to discover the world they live in and how it affects them. In the mean time, enjoy the winter and stay warm!

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Winter/Khoreff 2011 / 5771 FROM THE RABBI’S DESK

In a religious tradition that is top-heavy with serious occasions, Purim stands out like the proverbial “sore thumb.” It is a holiday with tenuous historical referents, with an emphasis on behaviour entirely unlikely the rest of the year. The serious part of Purim is the religious obligation ( mitzvah) of hearing the chanting of the megillah, the scroll containing the Biblical Book of Esther. In traditional Purim services, the scroll is chanted in its entirety, but we, in deference to the young people who attend our service, tell the story in English and listen to tiny excerpts of the chanted scroll. In traditional services, the officiants (rabbi, cantor, scroll chanter) all dress up in costumes, often elaborate and impressive, and introduce silly things into the service, like facing the wrong way, singing prayers to unexpected melodies, and chasing each other around the sanctuary. In addition, most congregations plan something special, just for the kids. The tradition is to hold a carnival, with lots of games and activities, to which the kids are encouraged to come in costume. Many carnivals (not ours) feature a costume contest, with ridiculous prizes for the winners. So the question is: what is this holiday doing on the otherwise quite solemn Jewish calendar? That’s a good question. In the Book of Esther, the name of God never occurs. The evil machinations of the bad guy, Haman, are defeated by the cleverness of the good guys, Mordechai and his niece Esther, not by the grace of God. The story is set in Persia (present-day Iran) and the names of the hero and heroine bear a striking resemblance to the names of two Persian gods, Marduk and Ishtar. Furthermore, a search of the records of ancient Persia will not reveal a king with a name like Ahashverosh. There is no evidence of a Persian king with a Jewish bride. It is also interesting to note that amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls, there is not even a tiny fragment of the Book of Esther, which shows that it was included in the “authorized text” of the Hebrew Bible quite late, well after the year 70 CE (the date by which the scrolls were hidden). So, what is this book doing in the Bible, and why is this holiday on our calendar? The book is in the Bible because it shows both the continuing persecution of the Jews, after the Egyptians and the Romans, and the continuing triumph of the Jews over their persecutors; and in not mentioning God it is consistent with the diminishing presence of God in the Bible itself. The theory is that, though God actively intervenes repeatedly to keep the Jewish people alive, over time, God turns that responsibility over to us; in this book, Mordechai and Esther handily defeat the bad guy, demonstrating that we can look after ourselves and do not need dramatic rescues by our unseen God. Purim arrives on the calendar in the early spring. Regardless of how bitter or mild the winter has been, for us all it has gone on a long time. And we need some lightness, some joy, to get us through till the first flowers blossom and the first leaves open. Purim is that lightness, that joy. With its invitation to be silly and to turn the world upside-down in doing so, Purim allows us to lighten the burden of the long winter, which, this year, seems especially appropriate.

Sunday, March 20, at 9:00 am for our Purim service, and from noon to 2 pm for our Purim carnival. True to tradition, there will be So we invite you to join us on

games, food and silliness galore….all appropriate for very young children! We encourage you and your youngster(s) to come in costume, and to take full advantage of Purim and all its joy!

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Rescheduled for Tuesday, January 26


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Relaxing with a stuffed Friend on pajama day.

Putting Elmo to bed on pajama day.

Nature of Things brought a chinchilla!

Discussing the difference between mittens and gloves. Planting sunflower seeds for Tu B’Shevat.

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Exploring magnets at our science center. I prefer leopard gloves over my fleece mittens.

Getting ready for Shabbat.

CELEBRATING SHABBAT IN PAJAMAS!

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Creating a snow scene.


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These are a few of our favorite things...

Jason: TRUCKS

Owen: TRUCKS

David: HOUSE

Kayla: HOUSE

Tammy: HOUSE

Jordan: DRESS-UP

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Ellen and Lori

Max:

BUILDING WITH MITCHELL

Mitchell: HOUSE

Solomon: PLAYING WITH BALLS

Sydney: HOUSE

Macey: DRESS-UP

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NATURE OP THINGS

BUILDING IGLOOS

COLLECTING SNOW FOR OUR EXPERIMENT

PUTTING OUR SKATES ON THE POND

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PAJAMA DAY

MAKING EDIBLE SNOWMEN

NATURE OF THINGS

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The Little Shofar - Winter/Khoref2011/5771  

Jewish Family Congregation Early Childhood Center Newsletter Winter 2011

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