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Travels In The Land Of Pluralism

Posted on February 20th, 2017
BY MICHELE CHABIN for The Jewish Week


Expat Israelis give their Sabra kids a lesson in N.Y. style multiculturalism


Last July, for the first time in three years, my husband and I travelled from Israel, where we live, to the U.S. with our two sons.

Although our 14-year-old twins had visited America several times, the previous trips had focused mostly on purely fun outings to amusement parks, 7-Eleven (Slurpees) and Toys R Us.


We wanted this visit to be different, or at least deeper.

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Jewish Summer Camp Guide 2017

Posted on February 13th, 2017
From Moment Magazine



Every child is different. Find the camp that's right for yours!


Plus—an interview with experts on why Jewish Summer Camps are important.


Read about "Where the Stars got their Start" and "A Conversation with JCC Association of North America" plus all about the many experiences available for your child.


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Build a Terrarium for Tu B'Shevat

Posted on February 6th, 2017

In Honor Of Tu B'Shevat Which Is on February 11, We Are Highlighting One Of The activities From Our Tu B'Shevat Resource Kit. You Will Find Many Other ideas, crafts, videos, and recipes. 


From KidsGardening


Overview: A terrarium is a miniature garden grown inside a covered glass or plastic container. It is a low maintenance way to incorporate plants into your classroom or home and an excellent tool for teaching children about the water cycle as it demonstrates evaporation, condensation and precipitation. In the presence of light and heat, water evaporates from the plants through transpiration and from the soil. Since it is an enclosed environment, when the water vapor hits the side of the container, it condenses. Once enough water accumulates or the temperature decreases, the condensation will then precipitate down the sides of the container back into the soil.

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Also, check out our Tu B'shevat board on Pinterest.

5 Ways to Keep a Dead Jewish Grandmother Alive

Posted on January 30th, 2017
Michael Bahler for Kveller 


Arguably the best thing about being Jewish is having a Jewish grandmother, so it makes me very sad that my kids are never going to know my mother, who died when our eldest was 6 weeks old, or my wife’s mother, who passed before we got married.

We want to give our young kids a sense of who their grandmothers were, but we also don’t want to burden them with our sadness or freak them out about death (and have them worry we are about to die).

Trying to strike the proper balance, here’s what we do:


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Why We Went to Israel for My Son’s Bar Mitzvah Instead of Having a Big Party

Posted on January 23rd, 2017
By Jordana Horn for Kveller


My oldest son became a bar mitzvah in November. We had a congregational Kiddush luncheon in his honor, and a small party for him and his friends that evening. Instead of having the grand blowout party that seems to be the general expectation in my New Jersey suburb, we opted to go to Israel instead. And it was the best decision I possibly could have made, for these reasons (among others):

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