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50th anniversary Crafting Jerusalem

23 May

Yaakov Agam Heart Installation Rechavia

We are alive with all the excitement of the 50 anniversary celebrations around here as well as just returning to some normalcy given all the street closures due to President Trump’s visit. Thank G-d for kind parents, although the school bus was canceled multiple times this week, my daughter still made it to school (and […]

Marshmallow flag project

2 May

Marshmallow flag and other stuff for Yom Haatzmaut via Birkat Chaverim

Yesterday my daughter shared her Yom Haatzmaut pop up card project, today my son wanted to share his. His gan had a falafel day for Yom Haatzmaut. They each received an identity card with picture and information about themselves, a flag and a cute map with stickers. The map came from Hemed, which provides educational […]

Yom Haatzmaut Pop Up Card

1 May

Pop up card design for Yom Haatzmaut via Birkat Chaverim

Presenting my daughter’s Yom Haatzmaut Pop Up card design. My daughter’s school emphasizes the contribution that each student can make in the school. One of the programs that they have created for this purpose is a “chanchut” or mentoring class once a month. Each month the older students get a story or theme to teach […]

Purim Characters Bottled

27 Feb

purim bottles with purim character cupcake wrappers and chocolate wrappers via birkat chaverim

Purim Characters Bottled My daughter put these mishloach manot together last year using the Purim character cupcake wrappers and chocolate wrappers. Purim characters bottled! We were using bottles with straws, and we put the cupcake wrappers inside the bottles (they are removable.) She wanted to wrap the chocolate wrappers around the straws and personalize them. […]

Our Current Purim Collection

26 Feb

Purim pops and chocolate wrappers image

Chodesh Tov! Adar is here. Purim is almost here. This year we’ve added our cupcake pop toppers and chocolate wrappers to the Birkat Chaverim store. This means that our Purim collection now includes: Purim Character Cupcake Toppers and Chocolate Wrappers Mini Purim Character Cupcake Wrappers Our Original Purim Character Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Our Original […]

Tu B’shvat Garden

9 Feb

tu bshvat garden with recycled plastic bottle flowers

In honor of Tu B’shvat I thought i would share this garden created by one of our local schools. The garden includes both plants and plastic bottle recycled flowers. All were all “grown” by students with disabilities and it came out quite neat. They also grow herbs and plants which they sell and I always […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]