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. […]

A Guide to Woman in Gold

12 Apr

A Guide to Woman in Gold, based on the art restitution case of Maria Altmann , the niece of Adele Bloch Bauer, who is in the Klimt painting.

Well not exactly a guide to Woman in Gold. However, Yom Hashoah is around the corner and Woman in Gold is a Holocaust related film. You may or may not know that the film highlights the (actual) restitution case of Klimt paintings owned by the Bloch-Bauer family undertaken by lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg. The “Woman […]

4 Thoughts Before Passover

3 Apr

4 Thoughts before Passover

A few thoughts before Passover- 1. The best time to clean your fridge and freezer for Pesach is when you are hungry. 2. Very pleased to have received a review copy of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Laws of Pesah (Peninei Halakha) (Yeshivat Har Bracha and Maggid Books) trans. Yehoshua Wertheimer and Moshe Rapps). It is helpful […]

Birkat HaIlanot Tree Blessing from School

20 Mar

birkat hailanot activity for Rosh Chodesh Nissan

My daughter made this Birkat HaIlanot, Blessing on the trees, which is said starting in the Jewish month of Nissan, in school one year. I thought it was a cute and simple idea and so I am sharing it here. Basically all thats needed is the blessing on the trees and allow the children to […]