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Children’s Books for Sukkot

The Jewish holiday Sukkot, or the “Feast of Booths”, celebrates the gathering of the harvest. If your child isn’t exactly sure what this holiday is, a picture book can help you explain Sukkot in simple, easy to understand terms. Read a book, or a few, together and talk about what the holiday means to you. Check out these kid-friendly reads that all focus on Sukkot. Sukkot is Coming! By Tracy Newman: This illustrated children’s book features an array of information. Your kiddo can learn about shaking the lulav and building the sukkah. This pick is best for older toddlers and...

Yom Kippur Tzedakah Activities for Kids

Celebrate Yom Kippur by giving to charity. This tradition, known as tzedakah, is something that both kids and adult can do. Gather the family and mark this very special holiday with a few charitable acts. What can you do? Check out these tzedakah ideas! Food Pantry When you’re at the grocery store, buying food to break the holiday fast, pick up a few extra items. Whether it’s canned food or some other non-perishable item, pack a bag and bring it to the local food pantry. If you’re not sure what they need, call ahead and ask what the high-demand items are....

Yom Kippur Break the Fast Recipes

The Jewish holiday Yom Kippur is known as the holiest day of the year. Unlike other world holidays that include plenty of food and drink, people observing Yom Kippur fast (for 24 hours). If you’re fasting this holiday, breaking the fast doesn’t exactly mean indulging in a mega-meal. Overdoing it with too much heavy food can lead to digestive issues — especially after abstaining from food for a full day and night. Instead of making a meal to end all meals, check out these ‘break the fast’ ideas that are easy n your stomach and tasty too! Fruit Kugel While...

Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Apple Card

The holiday Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year. Your child can wish family members and friends a “Happy New Year” with a cute card. This kids’ craft is easy to adapt and perfect for children in preschool and up. Apples are a popular food to eat for the Jewish New Year. Go with an apples theme, and have your child print “A” is for apple cards that she can give away! Materials Modeling clay Card stock paper Cardboard Scissors Green tissue paper Red tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Markers How-To Steps Cut a piece of white card stock paper...

Rosh Hashanah Challah Sandwiches

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an easy challah recipe. No, you don’t actually need to bake the challah yourself. Well, you can if you’re skilled in this area. But if you’re looking for a simple recipe that the kids will enjoy (and can even help to make), check these challah sandwich ideas out. Apples and Honey Dipping apples in honey is a popular Rosh Hashana holiday tradition. Along with dipping slices into a pool of honey, you can use this idea in a challah sandwich. Peel and thinly slice an apple. Smother sliced, toasted challah bread with a layer of honey...

3 Shavuot Activities for Kids

The Jewish holiday Shavuot celebrates the harvest season and the receiving of the Torah. Yeah, that’s kind of heavy for a young child to understand. But, it’s still completely possible to help your child learn about this holiday. How? Check out these easy activities that your child can try as she celebrates Shavuot. Flower Power One of the traditions on this holiday is to decorate the home with flowers. You can go out to your garden or the local flower shop and get the real deal. If this is your floral choice, let your child plan a decorating scheme. Have...

Build A Matzah House for Passover

Celebrate Passover with a fun-filled kids’ activity! Think gingerbread house building – Passover style. Instead of sheets of cookies, swap in matzah. Check out the creative ways your kids can build their own “matzah houses” and try out these easy tips. What You’ll Need Obviously, you’ll need matzah. Keep the sheets whole, letting your child break them in half or into pieces for building. You’ll also need something to hold the matzah walls (and roof) together. You can go one of two ways here – sweet or savory. If you chose sweet, frosting, cream cheese or honey will work. If...

Creative Coloring Ideas for Easter Eggs

Those traditional dip and dye Easter eggs are so yesterday. Okay, so the kids still enjoy them. But, there are so many options for coloring these holiday eggs. Before you go with the same old activity, check out these creative choices for coloring your eggs. Jelly Beans Instead of using food coloring, try jelly beans! How can you swap in the candy for the coloring? Choose a few dark or bold colors of candy (reds, blues, purples and dark greens work best). Add a few beans that are all the same color into a cup of water. Repeat to make...

Passover Seder Fun for Kids

The Seder is a major part of the Passover celebration. That said, sitting at the table for what could be hours isn’t always easy for young children. You want to include the little ones in your holiday meal and give them a start in their Jewish education. But, you also don’t want to hear the whines and complaints when they’re forced to sit as the adults leisurely dine. What can you do to make the Passover Seder fun for your children? Check out these kid-friendly holiday meal ideas! The Four Questions Asking the four questions is an important part of...

4 Fun Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

The annual Easter egg hunt is a major hit with your kids. But, they’re getting tired of the same old search and seek game. This year, step up your holiday egg hunt and get creative with it. Check out these ideas for turning the Easter tradition into an awesomely imaginative fun time! The Golden Egg Even though you’re hiding dozens of brightly-colored eggs, only one of them is gold. And, it’s this golden egg that has the best treasure! Cover one plastic Easter egg in gold foil or use gold glitter to decorate the outside. Hide something extra special inside,...