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Lookstein Center’s 70 Challenges for 70 days Launched

26 Feb

Detail from the 70 Challenges fo r70 Years Website

The Lookstein Center’s 70 challenges for 70 days launches this week. In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, Bar Ilan’s Lookstein Center for Jewish Education has organized a creative daily game from now until Yom Haatzmaut. The games are appropriate for individuals, school groups or home schoolers. There are four grade levels of difficulty to the […]

Adding in Prayer for Police to the Prayer for Soldiers

21 Feb

Photo of prayer for the state of Israel from booklet printed and distributed in 1948

Did you notice that in the summer the prayer for the IDF, Mi Sheberach for Tzahal was changed? In July Rav Rami Barchiyahu, the rabbi of the Israel police services, received permission from the chief rabbis of Israel to update the prayer. The update now includes a prayer for police, that is praying for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Blue and White Cornettos

6 May

Blue and White

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.

Cupcake Wrappers for Celebrations

27 Apr

Latest cupcake wrapper designs from birkat chaverim

Remember the Purim cupcake wrappers? Just wanted to let you all know that they’ve been joined by a bunch of new wrapper designs. This time, these designs match with some of our bencher designs. That means they could be used in conjunction with a bencher order, or alone at a family celebration. Note the Kotel […]