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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: Koren Children’s Siddur

7 Sep

Some of you have had your kids back in school for a while, around here we started September 1. In honor of the new year I am posting a review of  the Koren Children’s Siddur. Since my kids were fairly small we’ve had a ritual for davening on shabbat -one of the few days where […]

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 […]