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Jonah Magnet Project

21 Sep

Jonah magnet project

I loved this project although we did not quite do it the way I had envisioned it. Maybe another time. Basically this is a moveable Jonah in the origami boat and a little paper map. Note the “Big Fish” or Whale, as you like. We had fun moving the ship across the map. The children […]

New Year Special

28 Aug

For a limited time we are offering a free digital cupcake wrapper & topper with an order of the Bnei Akiva Birkon. To receive this offer, order birkonim before Rosh Hashana and let us know the wrapper you would like in the order notes.   You can look at the cupcake wrappers and the benchers in […]

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 […]

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. […]

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.

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.

What are the 70 names of Jerusalem?

27 May

Do you know what the 70 names of jerusalem are?

My daughter (7) decided to add a question to her homework this week, and so wrote in her notebook: What are the names of Jerusalem? I liked her question and asked her to see how many names she could come up with. What about you? How many do you know? If you want to cheat, […]

Addendum to A View from the American Guild of Judaic Art’s Mentor Program by Flora Rosefsky

27 May

Courtesy A. Harris Purim Costume for a Hero

This is an addendum to Flora Rosefsky’s post about mentoring in the American Guild of Judaic Art. In November Adam attached to me photos of an assignment. They were illustrations of modern day “Purim Heroes”, where Adam used Captain America comic strip illustration adding Jewish symbols, like a contemporary hero. He had told me that […]

Blue and White Cornettos

6 May

Blue and White

Hi,
I teach Judaism and Israel-related subjects online. I have been involved in the Irena Sendler project for the past year and teach about it in my online Hebrew school classes.

Sendler was a non-Jewish Polish woman who saved 2500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. One of the most amazing aspects of her story is the fact that her activities were almost forgotten, and would never have been publicized if not for a group of (non-Jewish) Kansas schoolgirls who heard a rumor about her activities and, as part of a school project, investigated. Their research led to a renewed interest in Sendler’s story and wide recognition including a website, a book and a performance.

I’d love to write a guest blogpost about the Irena Sendler project for Birkat Chaverim.
laurie