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Lookstein Center’s 70 Challenges for 70 days Launched

26 Feb

Detail from the 70 Challenges fo r70 Years Website

The Lookstein Center’s 70 challenges for 70 days launches this week. In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, Bar Ilan’s Lookstein Center for Jewish Education has organized a creative daily game from now until Yom Haatzmaut. The games are appropriate for individuals, school groups or home schoolers. There are four grade levels of difficulty to the […]

Engineered Gragger for Purim

25 Feb

Plywood kid made gragger

I am sharing my son’s engineered gragger, that he made in his “young scientist” club at school. This is a great after school club for about 1st to 3rd graders (I think there are separate groups for the older boys) where they work on science activities. Sometimes its a one week project and sometimes a […]

Adding in Prayer for Police to the Prayer for Soldiers

21 Feb

Photo of prayer for the state of Israel from booklet printed and distributed in 1948

Did you notice that in the summer the prayer for the IDF, Mi Sheberach for Tzahal was changed? In July Rav Rami Barchiyahu, the rabbi of the Israel police services, received permission from the chief rabbis of Israel to update the prayer. The update now includes a prayer for police, that is praying for the […]

Pinterest Board Purim content from Birkat Chaverim

19 Feb

Mini Purim cupcake wrappers displayed as a backdrop to text Latest Purim pins from the Birkat Chaverim Pinterest Boards

Purim is coming and we wanted to remind you that we have many many ideas for Purim on our Pinterest boards. Pinterest board Purim content resides on our Purim, Jewish informal education and craft, and Jewish Art boards. Throughout these boards you can find a range of pins. From craft ideas, educational ideas, recipes, to […]

New Matching Color Cover Designs

11 Jan

Three Trees Tu Bshvat Design copyright

Do you remember a while back  I mentioned how a discussion with a customer resulted in some new black and white cover designs? Well that happened for color designs as well. In this case, the customer wanted a cover that matched the inside of the bencher. We do already have a design that matches the […]

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 […]