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Kriyat HaTorah Course

26 May

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To kick off the Mitzvot Unplugged Series, I wanted to share news about Web Yeshiva’s Kriyat HaTorah course. Online learning is still a creative way of teaching our children Jewish values. We have written about other online courses before with JConnect, and this course from Web Yeshiva is useful for preteens and teens. Course: Kriyat […]

The Koren Mahzor for Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim a Review

10 May

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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 […]

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 […]

Bnei Mitzvah Surprise: Leatherdos or Clippa Kippah Clips

29 Jul

Use 36 for Leatherdos or Clippa clips- Shabbat candles or oil lights

I’ve been admiring the Leatherdos or Clippa kippa clip project for a while. This is a neat product that was a result of a student project. A Holon design student, Yaacov Goldberg decided to play around with the kippa clip for his design object. He noted that kippa clips are often used for other things besides […]

Review: Every Picture Tells A Story by Chaim Natan Firszt

3 Jun

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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: […]

Accessing the Torah with Jewish Interactive

22 May

Accessing the Torah with Jewish Interactive a guest post for mitzvot unplugged via birkat chaverim.

As part of the Mitzvot Unplugged Series we are happy to welcome a guest post from Nicky Newfield, Corinne Ossendryver, Miriam Eljas and the Jewish Interactive team. Jewish Interactive is a non-profit organization, founded in South Africa, whose mission is to create interactive Jewish programs, using modern technology, to make Torah more relevant, accessible and […]

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

21 May

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Remember the American Guild of Judaic Art’s Mentor Program I posted about a while back? Today we have a guest post from Flora Rosefsky, a mentor in the program. I’ve long admired Flora’s work so I’m excited to have her perspective in the Mitzvot Unplugged series. Her work is fun and vibrant, as you can […]

Heads up: Jewish Homeschoolers Conference

20 May

Last year we had several contributions to Mitzvot Unplugged by bloggers who homeschool their kids. This year we don’t. However, I wanted to give a heads up, to readers who are interested in homeschooling about the upcoming sixth annualTorah Home Education Conference.  Taking place in New Jersey, it is an opportunity for Jewish homeschoolers to […]

Online JconnecT Jewish Learning

19 May

Online Jewish Learning with JConnect via Birkat Chaverim. A Guest Post by L. Rappaport

As part of the Mitzvot Unplugged series, Laurie Rappeport has written a post about JconnecTLearning. Public and parochial schools are increasingly relying on distance learning opportunities which provide new horizons for the students and function as a strategy which allows the pupils to explore the world in new ways. The Jewish community has, in general, […]