Jewish Dances for Young Children —When
I was a preschool teacher I found that my students loved to dance.
We began every week with a quiet dark Havdalah service and then jumped
up to danced into the week with “A Good Week.”
I made up the Noah’s Ark dance to go along with our study of this story
from the Torah. Sometimes it would go on and on which is why the tape
has lots of repetitions. This way all of your students will
get a turn to be an animal in the middle of the circle.
These dances are well suited to the interest and ability of children
aged three through seven. They will have a lot of fun doing them and be
exposed to a wide variety of Jewish music traditional and contemporary.
There are old favorites like Mayim and Bim Bom along with a lively "Hodu
Lashem" by Rabbi David Shneyer. Your students will enjoy
hearing children's voices on many of the songs including a new
melody for "Kaddosh" and Rabbi Jack Gabriel's beautiful "Eagles
What a great way to learn with their
The DVD of Dances also comes with a CD
of the accompanying songs.
1) Bim Bom
2) A Good Week
3) Torah, Torah, Torah
5) Oh Chanukah
7) Hodu Lashem
8) Heveinu Shalom Aleichem
9) Like A Tree
10) S’vivon, Sov, Sov, Sov
12) Sh’ma Yisrael
Sample Dance Instructions - Eagle
I did lift you up
All moving clockwise in circle, reach down in a scooping motion
on loving eagle’s wings
and make arms move like wings.
I have brought you back to me.
Bring arms in to cross over heart. Repeat all of above
You will be my precious ones for
all the earth is Mine.
circle moves clockwise holding hands, feeling connection with the
And you shall be a sacred family
Circle moves in and encourage children to make eye contact to see
who is in their family.
In touch with the Divine
circle moves out
Forever for all time.
All do one slow spin
Sample Video clip at
(WMV - 1.7Mb)