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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Letter to A Soldier

31 May

A letter to a soldier mitzvot unplugged

For Mitzvot Unplugged I wanted to include this letter to a soldier activity I put together for my daughter’s English class. We have been blessed to have family come over the years to Israel for a “gap year”. In the last year or two we had a cousin learning in Kerem B’Yavneh and were lucky […]

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 […]

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, […]

Blue and White Fingerprint Flag

17 Apr

Thumbprint Israeli Flag via Birkat Chaverim

For those of you looking for a very simple Yom Haatzmaut project for the younger set, I bring you the blue and white fingerprint flag. The depicted flag was made by my then three year old. It took two minutes to set up, he enjoyed the activity and was pleased to hang it up afterwards. […]