children-and-family

7 Ways to Survive Summer with Kids

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:00am
By Lela Casey for Kveller


As I sit here watching my kids get on the bus for the last time until September, I feel a panic rising in my chest. Gone are my leisurely breakfasts, my early afternoon work/writing sessions, my lunches with friends.

 

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Social Justice and Jewish Children's Books - an AJL Panel

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:00am
From The Book of Life JewishBooks.blogspot.com


On Monday June 18, 2018 at the 53rd annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries in Boston, MA, I participated in a panel discussion of "Social Justice and Jewish Children's Books."

This post offers some titles in the various categories of books that I talked about. These lists are by no means comprehensive. They mostly represent titles in the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, Florida, and the list was compiled by memory without actually visiting the library. My purpose is to offer a few suggestions to get you started on thinking about books in these categories.

BOOKS FOCUSING ON DIVERSITY ITSELF:

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Finally, an Age-Appropriate Holocaust Movie for Young Viewers

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:00am
BY MARJORIE INGALL FOR TABLET MAGAZINE

 

‘The Number on My Great-Grandpa’s Arm’ uses animation to elevate a documentary about a survivor and his 10-year-old great-grandson

 

Regular Tablet readers know that I loathe most Holocaust media for kids: apps that are flippant or misguided; slim, pornographically violent volumes of poetry featuring mental monologues by bloodthirsty Nazis; richly illustrated fables queasily blending history and legend; wide-eyed, manipulative middle-grade weepies; YA novels using the Holocaust as a jumping-off point for teen shapeshifter fantasy. And then there are the horrifying old black-and-white movies we were shown in Hebrew school, spotlighting silent footage of bulldozers pushing mountains of corpses and hollow-eyed, emaciated survivors peering blankly at their liberators from stacked wooden bunks. None of these is a good introduction to one of history’s great horrors.

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Fun Summer Crafts and Ideas

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
From JvillageNetwork's Pinterest Board

 

With school out, or just about, you may be looking for some crafty, outdoorsy, gaming, or other fun activities to do with the kids.

 

Look no further than Pinterest. Jvillage Network's Crafts board has hundreds of activities, from making 'snow' to making slime; making colorful bubbles and rainbow ice water; weird science experiments and outdoor lawn games. You can even learn creative napkin folding techniques or make jellyfish in a bottle.

 

What are you waiting for? Find a fun activity now!

 

All the Respect: Kavod

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
From BimBam


Papa Plony is obsessed with beating the Baloney family in the annual relay race. But when Yasmin flakes out on practice, and a new team member shows up with an unexpected physical difference – he panics. SHABOOM! The Sparks come to the rescue with incredible upsie-downie magic, including an upside-down rainbow ramp, a giant stuffie and a lesson in showing kavod, or respect. Tune in and find out who wins the race. Kol hakavod!

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Remembering my wedding after divorce

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:00am
Mayim Bialik from GrokNation


Mayim's latest video explores how the Shamy wedding brought up real life emotions


With all the Shamy wedding talk, I figured it’s time to talk a bit about my divorce and the “stuff” left behind after a divorce. Let’s talk about what we hold onto: wedding dresses, photographs, mementos—what to do especially if you share kids? Can you relate to this process of holding on?

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The #MeToo Movement Goes to Summer Camp

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 12:00am
By Deborah Meyer and Jeremy Fingerman for JTA


The #MeToo movement has empowered women to speak up against harassment and abuse. that includes firing beloved camp leaders facing credible accusations.

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The 'library' that's a lifeline for families

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00am
By Keren David for The JC


A free book service for children is allowing Jews in remote communities to stay connected


Sam Grainger is six and Zachary Swain is five. They live hundreds of miles apart, but they have a lot in common.

They both live in villages, with quintessentially English names - Sam comes from Bunwell in Norfolk, Zachary's home in Whimple in Devon, is the only one with a mezuzah among the thatched cottages.

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