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Holocaust Videos Appropriate for Middle Schoolers

Holocaust Videos and Film Resources for 5th – 9th Grades It is absolutely imperative that we teach about the horrors of the Holocaust, so that history does not repeat itself. It is a challenging subject to teach, especially to children. Middle school age children are old enough to understand what happened, but probably not quite …

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Bris Outfits: What Should Your Baby Wear At The Bris?

On the eighth day of a Jewish baby boy’s life, there is a special ceremony called a bris (brit milah in Hebrew) where the newborn boy is circumcised by a mohel – a person trained in performing ritual Jewish circumcisions. Following the ceremony, a feast or luncheon is held in celebration of this important day.  …

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Which Passover Matzo Brand is Best? Ultimate Taste Test

Manischewitz vs. Streits vs. Yehuda Matzo Matzo is just matzo, right? It’s that cardboard-like cracker that we eat for one week a year that leaves crumbs everywhere. It seems every family has their favorite brand, mostly a tossup between Yehuda, Streits or Manischewitz. But matzo has had a revival of sorts in recent years, you …

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Download Virtual Shabbat Backgrounds for Zoom

Celebrate Shabbat In Style with Virtual Shabbat Backgrounds It’s been quite a change watching Shabbat services virtually over the past year. But, one thing we have all learned is that you don’t always need a physical sanctuary to bring sanctuary to people. I personally have greatly enjoyed not only watching my own synagogue’s weekly services, …

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What Are the Items That Should Be on the Shabbat Table?

Shabbat Table Setting Preparation Checklist On Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, we recount God’s rest following six days of creation and we observe this time by resting ourselves. It’s a time in which we take a conscious break from the routines of everyday life, eat a festive meal around the Shabbat table, and reconnect with family …

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B’not vs. B’nai Mitzvah & Bar vs. Bat Mitzvah: Which Is It?

That’s a Lot of Names for One Mitzvah Ceremony! Bar Mitzvah. Bat Mitzvah. B’nai Mitzvah. B’not Mitzvah. There are a lot of terms used to describe the ceremony in which a child comes of age and observes the 613 mitzvot or commandments in the Torah. While you would be considered a preteen or teenager in …

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities: Celebrate Israel Independence Day

Creative Ways to Celebrate Israel with Fun Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities Israel declared independence on May 14th, 1948. Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, known in English as Israel Independence day, with a host of fun activities. Journey to Israel, metaphorically speaking, and “visit” key locales like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, and spend time on a Kibbutz. …

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