Dollhouse apples

28 Aug

Fimo dollhouse sized apples via Birkat Chaverim.

Here’s something we were working on this summer- dollhouse sized apples using fimo clay. We used “panda” oil pastels to color the outsides of the apples. The half apple was made by first wrapping white fimo in green fimo. Then making sure this was shaped into a ball and subsequently cutting it in half. We […]

Short Update

24 Aug

I have been a bit quite around here except for scheduled posts for a number of reasons (maternity leave,summer break…) but also largely because given what has been going on, I really did not feel like I had much to say and I didn’t really feel like promoting the Bnei Akiva bencher project, or my social media/design/web design […]

Three weeks Resources

7 Jul

Resources for the three weeks via birkat chaverim

Some useful resources for the three weeks: Erica Brown’s In the Narrow Places – useful for all ages. The Kavanot for each day of the three weeks can be explained in a simpler manner for younger children and it is useful both to think about serious concepts and discuss the issues of the three weeks. […]

Yoram king of Israel and the famine

6 Jul

yehoram mashal copyright meira josephy

I have had very little to say in the past few weeks. Just so sad about all four boys who were killed. I don’t know why, but I was reminded of this piece that I made quite a number of years ago when I was also feeling sad about events in the news. It is […]

Teacher Gifts

8 Jun

Kid made play doe pens for teacher appreciation gifts via birkat chaverim

As the end of the year approaches here are a few ideas for teacher appreciation gifts: Photo book Kid made pens Chalk or Crayons Soap Popsicle molds (or healthy popsicles) always go over well too as do thank you notes from your child.

Review: Every Picture Tells A Story by Chaim Natan Firszt

3 Jun

every picture tells a story breishis

My daughter has been mentioning that her school, which is not in walking distance, is having learning at ten at night for students at the school for Shavuot, including for the first graders. She wanted to learn Torah too so I told her she could use the two “Every Picture Tells a Story, Volume One: […]

Popsicle Stick Torahs

2 Jun

popsicle stick torahs via Birkat Chaverim

Yet another very simple Torah project. This was to the specifications of my three year old. You may choose to be more elaborate in your crafting.

Simple Mini Torah cookies

30 May

filo dough torah cookies via Birkat Chaverim

We made these for Simchat Torah but they are equally good for Shavuot which celebrates Matan Torah, receiving the Torah. They have a little cinnamon and sugar on them. It isn’t an original idea, I think we saw this somewhere as bourekas.

Using Audio Visual for Jewish Learning

29 May

From Shir Al Haderech- Yerushalayim Shel Zahav

For Mitzvot Unplugged, here is another “technical” aid in learning. There is a reason ganim teach kids songs when learning. Besides being fun, songs often make it easier to remember material or things that kids need to memorize. Kids also enjoy being able to choose songs they have learned or teach others those songs. We […]

Kotel Bencher covers and cupcake wrappers

28 May

Bencher covers and cupcake wrappers with kotel design

Since its Yom Yerushalayim, I thought I would take the opportunity to mention that we have Kotel bencher covers and matching digital cupcake wrappers available in the shop. Take a look and let us know what you think.