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High Holidays

 

Families Think About God


The High Holidays are a time when Jews reflect on the nature of our connection with God. Speaking about God with young children presents both challenges and possibilities.
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Book Suggestion: In God's Name



Everyone and everything in the world must have a name. What is God's Name? "God must have a single name that is greater and more powerful than all other names." Read on...



A Meaningful Holiday for Parents of Young Children



Recently, a friend announced that she was not attending High Holy Days services this year. It was not a sign of protest but rather of resignation. Having attended services last year with a toddler, there was no way she was going to try this year with two small children.
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Sukkot

 

A Family Friendly Sukkot


After going to synagogue on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, many modern Jews feel “Jewed Out” when, suddenly, Sukkot appears just a few days later. For those with young children Sukkot provides a wonderful opportunity... Read on...



Chanukah

 

Lesson Plan: Unity Without Uniformity


Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates and promotes diversity. This lesson plan that can be used in 3-5 grade can be used to showcase the holiday as one of many visions of Judaism. Read on...




Chanukah Gifts



These unique necklaces are hand crafted from recycled magazines by the women of the Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda. Each bead is hand cut, rolled and varnished and then strung on a cord and finished with a clasp. The beaders select complimentary accent beads to embellish each piece. Necklaces can be ordered with a Mogan David charm. Read on...



Chanukah Kids Choir



This is the choir from PS 122 in Staten Island NY. It has a very diverse student body. Can you tell which of these children is Jewish? Read on...



Passover


An Ethiopian Passover: A Video and Discussion Guide for Children


This short video from the folks at Shalom Sesame is a great introduction to the holiday as seen through the experiences of Khalikidan, a young Israeli girl whose family emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel. Read on...




Passover Children's Books


Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates and promotes diversity. This lesson plan that can be used in 3-5 grade can be used to showcase the holiday as one of many visions of Judaism. Read on...



The Global Jewish Seder: A Lesson Plan for Learning Passover Traditions



Passover is one of the most celebrated and embraced Jewish customs. It is an exciting opportunity to engage Jewish students in thinking about the ways in which their own experiences are part of a broader set of customs are celebrated around the world. This lesson helps students reinforce their own understanding and expands it within the context of the global Jewish experience. Read on...



Passover: Engaging Across Differences



Passover is a time for people to gather around tables, share stories food and rituals. It can be joyous and exciting. But like with any communal setting, is can also be complicated to navigate the different needs and agendas people bring to the table. Still, if we follow Jewish tradition, we will find Passover can be a model for how to create positive diverse communal connections. Read on...



Diversity a Common Theme in Children's Passover Books



Passover is a time for storytelling. One of the main purposes of the holiday is to allow one generation to tell the next generation the story of how we came out of Egypt and journeyed from slavery to freedom. There are many children’s books that engage young minds by going beyond the telling found in the traditional Passover Haggadah to engage young minds. Read on...