Welcome the new year cupcake wrapper special

16 Aug

Elul is here again. In honor of the high holidays we will be running a small promotion, a new year cupcake wrapper special. The offer We are offering a free digital cupcake wrapper & topper with any order of the Bnei Akiva Birkon. The offer is good for any of the cupcake wrappers in the […]

Upshern Kippa Marshmallows

12 Aug

Kippa Marshmallows for Upshern via Birkat Chaverim

I never got around to posting these- these are upshern kippa marshmallows for an upshern/chalaka. They are small half sphere marshmallows decorated with food markers (albeit food markers that were fading.) They were a big hit, for those who like marshmallows. If you do upshern/chalaka as a family minhag/custom, I highly recommend making chocolate letters and […]

Bnei Mitzvah Surprise: Leatherdos or Clippa Kippah Clips

29 Jul

Use 36 for Leatherdos or Clippa clips- Shabbat candles or oil lights

I’ve been admiring the Leatherdos or Clippa kippa clip project for a while. This is a neat product that was a result of a student project. A Holon design student, Yaacov Goldberg decided to play around with the kippa clip for his design object. He noted that kippa clips are often used for other things besides […]

Jewish Youth Group as a Mitzvot Builder

17 May

As part of this years Mitzvot Unplugged, I wanted to talk about a classic method of teaching kids mitzvot creatively, the Jewish youth group. As you may know, Birkat Chaverim was started to support Bnei Akiva of North America through the sale of birkonim for family celebrations. I grew up in Bnei Akiva and was […]

Kotel Pop Up Card

17 May

Child made Kotel Pop Up Card

My daughter made this Kotel pop up card in her art class this year for Yom Yerushalayim. She agreed to share it here. It is not a compliacated pop up card to make. She is considering putting together a little “kit” for her friends to make one too. If she does, and she lets me, […]

Bat Mitzvah Project Idea: Lego Museum

13 May

Attendees with Bat Mitzvah at the Lego Museum charity fundraiser for a bat mitzvah project.

I love this contribution by Yonit Rothner, for Mitzvot Unplugged. Yonit’s father, Daniel is the director of Areyvut, which he contributed a piece about Areyvut’s Mitzvah Clowning Program for Mitzvot Unplugged two years ago. Daniel wrote the following: “The Lego Museum was the vision of my daughter Yonit who decided to do it as part of […]

The Mitzvah in Bar and Bat Mitzvah

10 May

The Mitzvah in Bar and Bat Mitzvah a Guest post by Marcia Goldlist for Mitzvot Unplugged.

We are happy to have a guest post by Marcia Goldlist as part of Mitzvot Unplugged, discussing using her Bible in Rhyme series as a way of teaching Bar and Bat Mitzvah. A common question asked of b’nai mitzva is, “What are you doing for your bar/bat mitzva?” Everyone knows that what people really mean is […]

Book Review: Be A Mensch

7 May

Be A Mensch Book Review

Welcome to the third annual Mitzvot Unplugged! The mitzvot unplugged series is largely about teaching our kids mitzvot creatively, but it is also about ways to build character or help them to become mensch. There is no question that how our kids behave is influenced how we as parents behave. If they see us doing […]

Crocheted Kippah- Road Design

28 Apr

Car Kippa via Birkat Chaverim

Happy to share this crocheted kippah -road design. As my son was turning three, I wanted to do a few projects to get him excited about it. We have that custom of not cutting a boys hair until he is three (I readily admit this is not one of my favorite minhagim ever, although I […]

Blue and White Fingerprint Flag

17 Apr

Thumbprint Israeli Flag via Birkat Chaverim

For those of you looking for a very simple Yom Haatzmaut project for the younger set, I bring you the blue and white fingerprint flag. The depicted flag was made by my then three year old. It took two minutes to set up, he enjoyed the activity and was pleased to hang it up afterwards. […]