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The Chanukah Shaboom! Special

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00am
From bimbam

Want more great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in Jvillage's Hanukkah Guide.
 


Can the Plony family get the house ready in time for their Chanukah party? Looks like they are in need of a Chanukah miracle. Watch this special Chanukah episode to see how Gabi and Rafi fix the world, one Chanukah party at a time.

This episode is a great jumping off point for playing dreidel, eating sufganiyot, frying up latkes, lighting candles and singing songs. BimBam has videos about how to do all those things, so you have come to the right place! Happy Hanukkah!

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Recycled Dreidel "Paper Dolls"

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:00am
This project is highlighted in our Hanukkah Guide. Find more articles, crafts, and recipes in the Hanukkah Guide.

 
 
From the Blog: Bringing Chesed Home


I am very excited to be guest posting on Bringing Chesed Home. I think that home is a perfect place for chesed. There are so many ways to accomplish this, especially when you have kids (Sarah's post Night Night is a perfect example of this). I think this blog is a great idea and I am really looking forward to watching Bringing Home Chesed grow! 


These Recycled Dreidel Paper Dolls are great for kids of any age. Any child that is old enough to hold a crayon can participate. You can make them ahead of Hanukkah for decorations or I think it would be a fun activity after you light the Menorah. We hung ours around our foyer which is now covered in dreidels! 


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Hanukkah Reads

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:00am
From Jewish Book Council. Find more great Hanukkah ideas, articles, crafts, and recipes check out our Hanukkah Guide.
 

Eight Nights of Stories ProsenPeople series


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Use Thanksgiving to teach kids about blessings, Jewish values

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:00am
By JWeekly Correspondent


Thanksgiving brings to mind pleasant images of roasting turkey, pumpkin pie and family gatherings. Perfectly compatible with Jewish observance, the holiday is a traditional favorite of Jewish families.

It always falls on a Thursday, never on Shabbat. The classic main dish is a turkey, available in kosher form. And gratitude for one's blessings is a religious impulse that all Americans can share.

Moreover, popular historical interpretation holds that the pilgrims modeled Thanksgiving after the biblical harvest festival of Sukkot. Whether or not this is accurate — a historian friend of mind considers it an American midrash or creative interpretation — it creates a comfortable association between Thanksgiving and our Jewish heritage.

In that vein, here are a few ideas to make Thanksgiving even more special for your family:

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8 Things You Probably Don’t Know About ‘An American Tail’

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:00am
BY JOANNA C. VALENTE for Kveller


Remember Fievel? Fievel is the adorable mouse in the animated series “An American Tail”–and its sequel “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.” How could you forget the whole Mousekewitz family saga? The movie, which chronicled their move to America, may seem eerily like your own family’s story.

There are a ton of things you may not realize about the American Tail series, however, and I’ve compiled them below:

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A Story for Hanukkah and Going to the Doctor

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:00am
From the blog of AnnKofsky.com


More than anything, Judah wants to be a good big brother to his baby sister, Hannah. He even uses his new Maccabee shield to protect her from danger!

On the last day of Hanukkah, during a visit to the doctor, Judah refuses to have his shot. Surely, his shield can protect him from germs, too!

This charming book teaches about Hanukkah and also about check-ups from their doctor and the importance of shots.

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Sensory Play Activities for Babies

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:00am
From growingajeweledrose.com


Readers often ask me for sensory activities for their young babies.  While many of the playtimes I share are safe for young ones to partake in on some level, I thought it would be helpful to have a resource full of fun play ideas specifically for babies.

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When Everyone in Your Town Ignores Jewish Holidays

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:00am
BY JULIE GERSTENBLATT for Kveller


When I moved with my husband and family from Scarsdale, New York to Barrington, Rhode Island four years ago, I knew I’d be making a lot of changes.

I didn’t realize that questioning my entire sense of Jewishness would be one of them.

The first inkling that I wasn’t going to fit in easily anymore came early in September, just as Rosh Hashanah did that year. My fourth-grade daughter came home from school and announced that her classmate was having a birthday party.

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Top 10 Jewish Words to Teach Your Kids

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:00am
BY AMY DEUTSCH for Kveller


I love the way certain phrases, sounds, and words add up to a special family vocabulary. I’m pretty sure my kids think I don’t know the word “head” because I only ever call it by the Yiddish word keppe (especially when I’m giving it a kiss!). My husband’s go-to name for a pretend person is Chaim Yankel. My son has taken to calling me Ima instead of Mommy because it feels more special to him. All of these together create our own unique family language.

If you’re looking to add a few Jewish words to your family’s lexicon, look no further than this list, featuring my absolute favorite Jewish words.

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Origami Torah

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:00am

From JTeach.org


Download the Origami Torah Instructions.
 

Citron Sun Catchers for Sukkot

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00am

This article is featured in our Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here.
 


By Brenda Ponnay for ToriAvey.com


The citron is a fragrant citrus fruit, similar to a lemon but with less pulpy juiciness. In Hebrew, it’s called an etrog. The citron is an ancient fruit. It has been used as a Jewish blessing since Biblical times, and it’s one of the Four Species for Sukkot that are mentioned in the Torah.

Citrons are not really used for food in their natural state– they are really dry and sour– but they are sometimes candied at the end of Sukkot and for Tu B’Shevat. Citrons are pretty rare, and can be somewhat difficult to obtain here in the states, so I thought it would be nice to represent the citron in a craft instead.  These are fun little sun catchers that would look really pretty decorating your sukkah. They’re also really easy to make!

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Humor Is Your Secret Parenting Weapon

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:00am
BY CARLA NAUMBURG for Kveller


Sometimes I put a pair of cotton princess underwear on my head before I wake up my daughters in the morning. Sometimes I recite their breakfast options in a ridiculous French accent. I smear bubbles across my face while I’m giving them a bath and tell them absurd stories about the day their father and I selected them from the discount rack at The Baby Store because that’s where babies come from.

I open my mouth to yell at them and end up launching myself across the living room with a loud TRA-LA-LAAAAA ala Captain Underpants. (Speaking of which, we do, in fact, make our fair share of Uranus jokes around here.) I activate Mommy Robot Procedures and make loud beeping noises while I press the moles on their arms to change them from Grumpy Mode to Happy Mode and, most nights around 5:30 PM, to Sit Your Tushy In The Chair and Eat Your Dinner Mode.

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Make a Shofar to Celebrate the Jewish New Year

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:00am
This article is featured in our High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here

BY CINDY HOPPER for AlphaMom


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on Friday, September 18th and lasts through Sunday, September 20th.  During Rosh Hashanah a Shofar, traditionally made from a hollowed out rams horn, is blown to awake and inspire.  The Shofar is such an important part of this holiday that sometimes Rosh Hashanah is called Yom Teruah, which means “day of the Shofar blast” in Hebrew.

With a few supplies you can make your own Shofar horn. Gather 3 toilet paper rolls per horn, a party horn, masking tape, glue, paint brush, scissors and white and brown paint.

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Apple Cloud Dough

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:00am

This project is featured in our High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here


From Growing A Jeweled Rose


Cloud dough is such a fun sensory material, and it is so incredibly easy to make.  It is safe for kids of all ages too, which is always a bonus.  Today, we made a new batch of cloud dough perfect for Fall. 

And for the High Holidays.

Apple Cloud Dough Recipe
7 cups of flour
1 cup of vegetable oil 
Apple Pie Spice and/or cinnamon

Method
Combine the ingredients in a sensory bin or container and mix well.  That's it!  Couldn't be easier, right? 

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High Holiday Resources from Our Friends at jkidphilly

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:00am

This article is featured in our High Holiday Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here


Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. The celebration of this holiday is marked with both joy and solemnity, as it is the day on which the whole world is judged for the coming year.  Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, as it was on this day that God created man on the 6th day of creation.

Print, color and mail Rosh Hashanah postcards to your family and friends!
Download and print our Rosh Hashanah info sheet
Rosh Hashanah Hannah and her friends on Shalom Sesame rock out the New Year on this video clip.
G-dcast presents Shofar Callin': The Rosh Hashanah Song  

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A Rosh Hashanah craft for kids that’s very sweet indeed

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 12:00am
This article is featured in our High Holiday Guide: Just for Kids section, it comes from CoolMomPicks. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 



With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, this is a perfect weekend to work on some New Year inspired crafts with your kids. In other words, if you’ve forgotten to send cards? No worries! Nothing inspires as much forgiveness as something handmade just from the kids.

This Rosh Hashanah craft for kids by Brenda Ponnay at Alpha Mom is as sweet as apples dipped in honey, the symbol of the Jewish New Year. It’s not hard to make these honeybee cards either if you follow the instructions on the site and have a few basic tools on hand, like paint, Sharpies, card stock, and bubble wrap.


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