Blue and White Sandwiches - Texts imprinted on the sandwich buns.

Blue and White Sandwiches

Recently I bought buns for my kids to make lunches. Opening the packages I immediately thought "Blue and White sandwiches!" Not because there was any blue coloring, although I am not against blue food coloring. We have, in fact, used it in the past for blue and white food when we made  blue and white Cornettos for Yom Haatzmaut a few years ago. These ar ...

Torah V'Avodah Source book cover with photo of David Daube

Commemorating David Daube

Recently my friend David Curwin shared this post about David Daube 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 to how educators ...

Growing celery from cuttings

Tu B’shvat Garden

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 enjoy walking past their "hothouse" to see what t ...

A letter to a soldier mitzvot unplugged

A Letter to A Soldier

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 enough to have him and his friends as visitors. First I have ...

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The Koren Mahzor for Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim a Review

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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 to have an organized collection of the prayers said by most congregations for Yom Hazikaron, Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. In the commentaries near the prayers are discussions about issues that come up with these contemporary holidays- can one say Hallel? ...
Patterning a map of Israel a map done in a kindergatrten via Birkat Chaverim

Patterning a map of Israel

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 a number of levels. It allows for different skil ...