Closing Vaad

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ברכה ראשונה

שמות ומחיית כפיים:

Ask each person to say their name. When they share their name, the rest of the group claps for them.

מספר נוכחות:

On a scale of 1-10 how present are you? How much are you here right now? 1=you may see me but my mind is in a totally different place, 10= I am completely with you, energized and fully locked in to whatever is happening here. 

You can try: Now, get up and sit in the seat of someone whose number was lower than yours. Get up and sit in the seat of someone whose number was higher than yours. 

סיפור שלי להיום:

In one or two sentences, what is your story for today? What’s going on for you today? 

This can be done going around one by one or by breaking people into pairs.

After סיפור שלי להיום:

You can try: Does anyone have any follow up questions for anyone about their story?

Take 2-3 questions and let the person answer. 

Or try: Get up and sit in the seat of someone’s story you related to. Ask one or two students to share why they related to this person.


  1. The parnas chooses one question from the questions below to talk about:
  • Describe a time during the week that you most enjoy
  • What is a show that you watch, enjoy watching
  • What type of music do you listen to? What do you like about it?
  • Tell a funny story from your childhood.
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • Something that people don’t know about me is…
  • What’s your full name and why are you called that?
  • Who in your family are you most similar to? Different from?
  • The last place you would find me is…
  • If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?
  • Who is a role model of yours? Someone you would like to be like?
  • My favorite time of the week is..
  • What’s your favorite chag / Jewish holiday? Why?
  • What does a typical Shabbat look like for you? A special one?
  • What’s a Torah idea/Torah teacher that you found particularly
    meaningful? Why?
  • Tell about a time when you felt a strong connection to Torah/the Jewish community.
  • What’s a part of tefillah that is meaningful to you and why?
  • Who is a Jewish role model for you? Why?
  • What is your favorite mitzvah and why?
  1. Share a dilemma

The parnas shares a dilemma he/she has been faced with recently. It can be school-related, or not. 

III. Reflection

After sharing of the dilemma - do two rounds of quick response (one sentence each from each person)

  1. What I heard X say is…
  2. What resonated with me is…

If parnas takes the whole time - that is fine!

3. עבודה

  1. Put an empty chair next to the facilitator. Have each member of the group take turns sitting in the chair and give advice to themselves in the following way:

“Lisa, if I were starting this group again, I would tell you to…”


  1. Do a round: 

It impacted me when (someone in the group) shared, because…

(This can also be bracha achrona)

Make sure to give students time to think about this before sharing.

4. ברכה אחרונה

Choose any one of the following:

  • What is your מספר נוכחות now?
  • What is one thing you learned about someone else today?
  • What is one thing you learned about yourself today?
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