Training Wheels - Al Galgalim
Come join us as we go around the year “al galgalim” (on wheels). From Rosh Hashanah through the year to Shavuot, we’ll have fun learning about Jewish holidays!
Training Wheels/Al Galgalim, a Jewish family education program created by Hadassah, lets parents and children ages 3-5 become partners in discovering the joys of being Jewish.
The curriculum developed by Hadassah and the Whizen Institute of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, combines songs, crafts, games and cooking. These fun activities enable adults and children to experience together the joy of celebrating Shabbat and the Jewish holidays.
Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren, or perhaps to give a membership in Training Wheels for parents to use to take children to our sessions.
Please join us as we travel around the year, celebrating Jewish holidays. We look forward to meeting you and your children!
For more information, please contact Judy Serkin at the GAH Office at 678-443-2961 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
On May 4, 2014 in observance of Yom Haatzmaut, our Training Wheels group took a trip to Israel without having to leave Atlanta! Using our imaginations, we traveled to several places, sightseeing and creating our own souvenirs along the way. Our plane landed in Tel Aviv, where we toured the city and made Israeli flags and magnets to help us mark the beginning of our trip. In Jerusalem, we wrote notes to put into the Kotel on our visit there. We moved on to Safed, where we joined other artists to make picture frames that looked like pieces of the wall. We ended our journey in Eilat, where we put on our sunglasses for a trip to the beach and a picnic. We had a great time – come join us next year for another trip!
Greater Atlanta Hadassah's Training Wheels Kids Take Imaginary Trip to Israel, Atlanta Jewish Times, May 16, 2014.
On April 6, 2014, Training Wheelers celebrated Passover. Afikomen Mambo! First we created colorful tie-dye Afikomen bags so we could hide the matzah. Then we stuffed pillows (with cute frog fabric!) so we could sit comfortably and relax during the seder. After a competitive round of Passover Bingo and a song where we jumped around like frogs, we whipped up a batch of charoset. Finally we went dancing around the room to search for the afikomen.
Training Wheelers celebrated Purim on February 16, 2014 with handmade hamentaschen, groggers and fancy masks. We made lots of noise as we told the story of Esther, and paraded in our costumes. After some games, we made shaloch manot gifts. Our session ended as we enjoyed our hamentaschen!
On January 5, 2014, Training Wheelers had fun learning about Tu B'Shevat. Our theme was trees, of course - we learned that besides being beautiful, trees provide oxygen, wood and fruits, too. We pretended to be trees growing from seeds, reaching toward the sky and blowing in the wind. Each child created a "tree" complete with leaves, branches and birds, and then made a pair of binoculars so they could watch them! They made and decorated feeders to feed the birds in their yards, and even planted seeds in tiny pots so they could take them home and watch them grow. To end our session, we examined a Tu B’Shevat seder plate, and then had some fruits and nuts to eat!
Thanksgivukuh? That’s what everyone was calling it this year! On November 24, 2013, Training Wheelers acted out the story of Judah and the Maccabees (no turkeys were harmed in the making of the story), and sang (and danced!) about dreidles. We made frying pans for flipping (paper) latkes, and two different kinds of menorahs. We even made edible dreidles that we could actually spin. After a game of dreidle, we lit candles, and everyone enjoyed latkes with applesauce.
On October 6, 2013, we celebrated Shabbat in Training Wheels with lots of activities! Each child decorated a challah cover with Shabbat symbols, then “tie-dyed” it using colorful tissue paper. Everyone selected several spices to put into their handmade spice boxes, and the we passed them around to see how they smelled! Ms. Melissa sang songs with the children, and helped them make a big pot of (pretend) chicken soup. Such interesting things as potatoes, a candle and an apple made their way into that brew! We made our own individual challahs, then baked them and ate them for our snack – very yummy! Along with the crafts we do at each session, we always read or tell stories about the holiday, and there are plenty of books for browsing between activities.
Our Sukkot session on September 15, 2013 gave us a chance to play, decorate, and eat in the sukkah at The Carlton! In addition to stories and songs about Sukkot, the children made paper chains (including paper fruit and vegetables) to hang in the sukkah, and a paper version of a lulav and an etrog, too. Each child used stickers, feathers, thumbprints and lots of imagination to make a collage showing his/her family in a sukkah. We went into the actual sukkah at The Carlton, where we hung our decorations and then made our own edible versions of a sukkah (yum!). Rabbi Glusman came with us, and helped us hang our decorations and gave us a demonstration of shaking the lulav.
Training Wheels began its year on August 11, 2013 with a lively session. Apples and honey! Sounding shofars! Jonah and the whale! Our first session of the year was all about Rosh Hashanah. We painted and decorated "honey bee" honey jars to take home and fill with the sweet stuff! Thanks to Rabbi Glusman, we saw and heard a real shofar, and then made our own. They were made of paper, but they made a very nice (loud!) sound. We threw our "sorries" in the "lake" to observe Tashlich, and told the story of Jonah and the Whale. A sweet treat of apples and raisin-filled challah dipped in honey ended our day.