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Black and White Borders

11 Dec

black and white stripes with lions copyright birkatchaverim

It happens from time to time that discussions with customers result in new ideas or new covers. The border designs for the Bnei Akiva bencher resulted cover designs benchers in this post had to do with a discussion about black and white borders. Our customer wanted to print in black and white ink and wanted […]

Hanukkah Eraser Fun

27 Nov

On yet another day out due to illness, for yet a different child, we broke out an eraser making kid for hanukkah eraser and other eraser fun.  A while back, I bought a Creatibles Eraser Kit (amazon affiliate link). We made some pre-school year erasers and bring out the kit from time to time. This […]

Dreidel Science Experiments

26 Nov

dreidel science experiments

I thought I would share the dreidel science experiments we started doing. My kids were home sick the other day. For entertainment, I bought my son a set of tops that tend to be popular around here before Hanukkah. You know the ones that connect to a sort of release mechanism and you press the […]

An Educator’s Guide to An Extra Seat

13 Sep

Detail, A Seat for Sharansky, Illustration by Caryl Herzfeld from An Extra Seat

I have been meaning to post an educator’s guide to An Extra Seat for a while. This time of year is a good time to do it given the books focus on ahavat chinam and helping others. In particular, when witnessing so much is going on around the world today (hurricanes, monsoon…) and the acts […]

Commemorating David Daube

18 Jun

Torah V'Avodah Source book cover with photo of David Daube

Recently my friend David Curwin shared this post on facebook and I felt that given Birkat Chaverim’s connection to Bnei Akiva, and informal education, it was appropriate to share here. I thought David’s commemorating David Daube was thoughtful as well as interesting to those who grew up in Bnei Akiva as well as a note […]

50th anniversary Crafting Jerusalem

23 May

Yaakov Agam Heart Installation Rechavia

We are alive with all the excitement of the 50 anniversary celebrations around here as well as just returning to some normalcy given all the street closures due to President Trump’s visit. Thank G-d for kind parents, although the school bus was canceled multiple times this week, my daughter still made it to school (and […]

Marshmallow flag project

2 May

Marshmallow flag and other stuff for Yom Haatzmaut via Birkat Chaverim

Yesterday my daughter shared her Yom Haatzmaut pop up card project, today my son wanted to share his. His gan had a falafel day for Yom Haatzmaut. They each received an identity card with picture and information about themselves, a flag and a cute map with stickers. The map came from Hemed, which provides educational […]

Yom Haatzmaut Pop Up Card

1 May

Pop up card design for Yom Haatzmaut via Birkat Chaverim

Presenting my daughter’s Yom Haatzmaut Pop Up card design. My daughter’s school emphasizes the contribution that each student can make in the school. One of the programs that they have created for this purpose is a “chanchut” or mentoring class once a month. Each month the older students get a story or theme to teach […]

Purim Characters Bottled

27 Feb

purim bottles with purim character cupcake wrappers and chocolate wrappers via birkat chaverim

Purim Characters Bottled My daughter put these mishloach manot together last year using the Purim character cupcake wrappers and chocolate wrappers. Purim characters bottled! We were using bottles with straws, and we put the cupcake wrappers inside the bottles (they are removable.) She wanted to wrap the chocolate wrappers around the straws and personalize them. […]

Our Current Purim Collection

26 Feb

Purim pops and chocolate wrappers image

Chodesh Tov! Adar is here. Purim is almost here. This year we’ve added our cupcake pop toppers and chocolate wrappers to the Birkat Chaverim store. This means that our Purim collection now includes: Purim Character Cupcake Toppers and Chocolate Wrappers Mini Purim Character Cupcake Wrappers Our Original Purim Character Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Our Original […]