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Tu B’shvat Garden

9 Feb

tu bshvat garden with recycled plastic bottle flowers

In honor of Tu B’shvat I thought i would share this garden created by one of our local schools. The garden includes both plants and plastic bottle recycled flowers. All were all “grown” by students with disabilities and it came out quite neat. They also grow herbs and plants which they sell and I always […]

Hanukkah Card Elements

7 Dec

My kids and I have been fooling around with Chibitronics LED circuit stickers. I picked some up over the summer because I thought they would be a fun way to learn about circuits and so forth. We made some simple cards around Rosh Hashana time and plan to make some around Hanukkah as well. For […]

Annual Giving Tuesday Eden Digital Cupcake Wrappers Opportunity

27 Nov

giving tuesday israel donor gifts for the eden center

Giving Tuesday Digital Cupcake Wrappers Opportunity It’s that time of year again. You’ve had a chance to buy at Black Friday, now you can Give on Giving Tuesday, and you may gain something from us too. You may be eligible for a free Birkat Chaverim digital cupcake wrappers for your donation to The Eden Center during […]

Best Match for the Inside of the Bencher?

20 Sep

What cover best matches the inside of the bencher?

    We recently had a customer ask us regarding the inside of the bencher: We want a color cover but did not seem to find one that also matched the inside colors. Can you recommend one? What looks the best with the inside design from your experience? Inside of the Benchers Here is a […]

School Labels Beta Testing

11 Sep

Back to School Label Beta Testing Label Designs

Is anyone interested in School Labels Beta Testing? I am working on some new school labels and they can use some beta testing before they get added to the Bikat Chaverim store. The school labels are a completely new thing for me and a result of a personal need. They started because of my daughter’s […]

Relationship Cupcake Wrappers

15 Aug

Relationship Cupake Wrappers Toppers by Birkat Chaverim

New: Relationship Cupcake Wrappers In honor of Tu BAv I wanted to share my new digital relationship cupcake wrappers. These came about in a spur of the moment way. For the past several years Birkat Chaverim has been donating digital cupcake wrappers as a donor thank you gift to individuals who donate to The Eden […]

Comics to Teach Jewish Values

8 Jun

Hereville-2-page-022-023 copyright Barry Deutsch

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

tiny ninja theater revisited illustration

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 […]