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

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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

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 […]

The Koren Mahzor for Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim a Review

10 May

Image yom haatzmaut machzor koren review

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 […]