Back to School: Decorating Pencils

8 Sep

This is a great multi-age craft for the begining of the school year.We did it with children ages 3 through 8 but it was also popular with a 14 year old. It would make a great Bar/Bat Mitzvah craft, especially if you donated the supplies to children for school. We did a few types of […]

New Year Special

28 Aug

For a limited time we are offering a free digital cupcake wrapper & topper with an order of the Bnei Akiva Birkon. To receive this offer, order birkonim before Rosh Hashana and let us know the wrapper you would like in the order notes.   You can look at the cupcake wrappers and the benchers in […]

Dollhouse apples

28 Aug

Fimo dollhouse sized apples via Birkat Chaverim.

Here’s something we were working on this summer- dollhouse sized apples using fimo clay. We used “panda” oil pastels to color the outsides of the apples. The half apple was made by first wrapping white fimo in green fimo. Then making sure this was shaped into a ball and subsequently cutting it in half. We […]

Short Update

24 Aug

I have been a bit quite around here except for scheduled posts for a number of reasons (maternity leave,summer break…) but also largely because given what has been going on, I really did not feel like I had much to say and I didn’t really feel like promoting the Bnei Akiva bencher project, or my social media/design/web design […]

Three weeks Resources

7 Jul

Resources for the three weeks via birkat chaverim

Some useful resources for the three weeks: Erica Brown’s In the Narrow Places – useful for all ages. The Kavanot for each day of the three weeks can be explained in a simpler manner for younger children and it is useful both to think about serious concepts and discuss the issues of the three weeks. […]

Yoram king of Israel and the famine

6 Jul

yehoram mashal copyright meira josephy

I have had very little to say in the past few weeks. Just so sad about all four boys who were killed. I don’t know why, but I was reminded of this piece that I made quite a number of years ago when I was also feeling sad about events in the news. It is […]

Teacher Gifts

8 Jun

Kid made play doe pens for teacher appreciation gifts via birkat chaverim

As the end of the year approaches here are a few ideas for teacher appreciation gifts: Photo book Kid made pens Chalk or Crayons Soap Popsicle molds (or healthy popsicles) always go over well too as do thank you notes from your child.

Review: Every Picture Tells A Story by Chaim Natan Firszt

3 Jun

every picture tells a story breishis

My daughter has been mentioning that her school, which is not in walking distance, is having learning at ten at night for students at the school for Shavuot, including for the first graders. She wanted to learn Torah too so I told her she could use the two “Every Picture Tells a Story, Volume One: […]

Popsicle Stick Torahs

2 Jun

popsicle stick torahs via Birkat Chaverim

Yet another very simple Torah project. This was to the specifications of my three year old. You may choose to be more elaborate in your crafting.

Simple Mini Torah cookies

30 May

filo dough torah cookies via Birkat Chaverim

We made these for Simchat Torah but they are equally good for Shavuot which celebrates Matan Torah, receiving the Torah. They have a little cinnamon and sugar on them. It isn’t an original idea, I think we saw this somewhere as bourekas.