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Spring is almost here and we are working on learning nature vocabulary. Some students have practiced their vocabulary in scavenger hunts around our outdoor spaces for עצים and פרחים and others have been getting extra practice with words by preparing plants to transfer to the garden once the weather is a little nicer.
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We also want to highlight the awesome work some of our older students are doing! They are working on constructing simple sentences with some of our recent verbs and other vocabulary units. They are learning to recognize different verb conjugations and pronouns in sentences. Check out their super cool valentines!
Over the next few months, JKG is hosting a book drive for Children Read Atlanta. Children Read Atlanta is the local chapter of a nationwide non-profit organization that promotes family reading and provides books to families who may not otherwise have access to children's book.
Reading means a lot to us and our students. Stories play a huge role in learning about our Jewish culture and traditions, so let's give the same opportunity to others! Children Read Atlanta accepts books in new and gently used condition and are only equipped to make minor repairs. Their website suggests baby books, board books, alphabet and number books, rhyming, picture books, and story books. Please send any books you can with your student to JKG Afterschool and we will collect and pass them along.
If you'd like to learn more about Children Read Atlanta, check out their site here.
This week we had a very special guest, Russell Gottschalk. Russell is the executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. To fit in with our "Judaism Around the World" theme this week, Russell introduced JKG students to Jewish music from Israel, parts of Africa, Cuba, and Canada! Our listening party quickly turned into a dance party, check it out below!
Looking for your own Jewish dance party? The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is coming up very soon! You can find their schedule of events here.
Shabbat Shalom everyone! Have a great weekend!
We worked on perfecting our baklava this week! Check out this sweet (literally!) video of making the delicious syrup that is drizzled over the pastry. You can find the recipe below.
The finished product, plated and ready to serve for snack!
JKG Around the World Baklava!
For the pastry:
1 box of phyllo dough
1 bag of walnuts
2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 cup of sugar
2 sticks of butter
For the syrup:
3/4 cup of honey
3/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of sugar
1. Make your filling by crushing the walnuts. You can do this with a food processor OR have your JKG Chef crush them by hand in a sandwich bag. Mix the nuts with sugar and cinnamon.
2. Melt the sticks of butter and use a pastry brush to paint the inside of your pan (we used a glass 9x13). Lay one layer of dough and brush the top with butter. Repeat this until you have 6-7 layers of dough. Place one half of the nut mixture on top and spread it evenly. Once spread, continue the process of laying sheets of phyllo dough and buttering them for 4-5 more layers. Spread the second half of the nut mixture and lay (and butter) the final set of 6-7 layers of phyllo dough. Cut into pieces diagonally as you see fit, but make sure the cuts go all the way through so your syrup can cover the sides of each piece. Bake at 350 of 45 minutes.
3. During the last 5-10 minutes of baking combine the sugar, honey, and water for the syrup in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let it boil for ten minutes till it thickens a bit. Once done, drizzle it over your pastry and enjoy!
This is a kid-friendly version, but you can find more detailed instructions here!
שבת שלום, everyone! In this episode you can take a look at our Shabbat Shira and Tu B'Shvat activities. We've had so much fun the past couple of weeks and we're excited to share it with you all!
Hello everyone! This week we started learning about Judaism around the world. It has been super fun to cook recipes from different countries, sing songs from around the world, and learn about Judaism outside of the United States. This is a ridiculously cool set of lessons that coincides with some of our older students' continued work with the Bremen Museum, tracing their families' journey to America.
We are so lucky to have such a diverse community of families at JKG--let us know if there's a country or culture in your family history that we should learn about!
We made Kadorei Shokolad (Israeli Chocolate Balls)--a camp staple! Our JKG Chefs pounded tea biscuits and mixed up coconut and chocolate to make a delicious treat!
It was a busy week in the kitchen! We also made baklava, a Middle Eastern staple. We'll post the recipe on the blog another day--it's fairly easy, but requires a lot of patience and very gentle hands as the dough is very fragile.
Putting the CITs (Counselors in Training) to work! The past several weeks our 5th graders have been learning how to be classroom leaders. Each Wednesday, one CIT is a counselor for the day. Here's one of our CITs assisting a Hebrew class!
Last, but not least: our Tu B'Shvat tree projects are finished! Has your student brought theirs home yet?
JKG Afterschool Community
Welcome to the JKG Afterschool Community blog. This is your window into our amazing Afterschool Community. Each week you will find updates on what your kids are learning about at JKG, as well as some suggestions of ways to bring the lessons into your bayit (home).