Comics to Teach Jewish Values

8 Jun

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We have touched on the use of comics to teach Jewish values in Mitzvot Unplugged posts in the past. Aartist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik uses comic books in his papercuts and in his workshops. Flora Rosefsky’s mentoree,  Adam, created a Purim costume for a super hero, and we talked about one of my favorite comic books about Rabbi Arye […]

A Letter to A Soldier

31 May

A letter to a soldier mitzvot unplugged

For Mitzvot Unplugged I wanted to include this letter to a soldier activity I put together for my daughter’s English class. We have been blessed to have family come over the years to Israel for a “gap year”. In the last year or two we had a cousin learning in Kerem B’Yavneh and were lucky […]

Tiny Ninja Theater Revisited

28 May

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A few years ago for Mitzvot Unplugged we had a guest post from Dov Weinstein of Tiny Ninja Theater about his one man performance piece M’amati. This past fall our family had a a wedding right around the time of a family member’s 75 birthday. Although this family member generally does not like surprises, we […]

Kriyat HaTorah Course

26 May

web yeshiva course

To kick off the Mitzvot Unplugged Series, I wanted to share news about Web Yeshiva’s Kriyat HaTorah course. Online learning is still a creative way of teaching our children Jewish values. We have written about other online courses before with JConnect, and this course from Web Yeshiva is useful for preteens and teens. Course: Kriyat […]

The Koren Mahzor for Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim a Review

10 May

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The Mahzor Texts It makes sense to have a review of the World Mizrahi Koren Mahzor for Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim on a site that was created to support a fundraiser for Mizrahi’s youth movement, Bnei Akiva. There are all kinds of good things about this mahzor. The main purpose of the mahzor is […]

Patterning a map of Israel

9 May

Patterned Israel map done in a kindergatrten via Birkat Chaverim

I saw this idea of patterning a map of Israel in a local kindergarten, but I can see doing something like this with older children as well with various techniques. Basically the teachers divided up the map into various zones and had children use different techniques to fill in the map. This is great on […]

Seeking Submissions For Our Annual Mitzvot Unplugged

13 Apr

Mitzvot Unplugged Series Welcome from Birkat Chaverim

We are seeking submissions for our annual Mitzvot Unplugged Series. The Mitzvot Unplugged series came about as a way to think about inspiring my own kids in doing mitzvot. Besides role modeling and focusing on learning and doing, I wanted to share creative ways of inspiring towards Jewish values. I wanted a way to think […]

Getting Rid of Hametz

10 Apr

photo of homemade oatmeal made to work on getting rid of hametz via Birkat Chaverim

Pesach is coming and getting rid of hametz is a large part of the frenzy of preparing for the holiday, even if you sell hametz before the holiday or give away hametz to families in need. We have been doing a few different fun things in the getting rid of hametz category. The bonus, if […]

New Purim Cake Pops and Chocolate Wrappers

17 Mar

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I am excited about our new edition to our digital wrapper family. The new Purim cake pops and chocolate wrappers are a completely new type of product which complement our digital Purim cupcake wrappers and toppers and digital Purim cupcake wrappers we thought it would be fun to be able to decorate cake pops and […]

Mission Impossible Theme Benchers for a Bat Mitzvah

26 Jan

image wih text mission impossible theme bencher via birkat chaverim

We recently had a really fun birkon order for a Bat Mitzvah. The order was for Mission Impossible Theme benchers. The family was kind enough to allow us to share the design with you. Scroll to the end to see it. I think this is so much fun. Isn’t this a fun Bat Mitzvah design? […]