The 'library' that's a lifeline for families

Posted on May 20th, 2018
By Keren David for The JC
A free book service for children is allowing Jews in remote communities to stay connected


Sam Grainger is six and Zachary Swain is five. They live hundreds of miles apart, but they have a lot in common.

They both live in villages, with quintessentially English names - Sam comes from Bunwell in Norfolk, Zachary's home in Whimple in Devon, is the only one with a mezuzah among the thatched cottages.

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Shavuot Family Activities

Posted on May 13th, 2018
ReformJudaism.org

 

Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19

 

Last week we highlighted Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide for many great activities you can do with your children. 

This week we're letting you know about more videos,  articles, and stories to read to your children from ReformJudaism's Shavuot Family Activities page.

There are so many great resources to help you and your family enjoy this Zman Matan Torateinu/The Season of the Giving of the Torah.

 

Chag Sameach! (Happy Holiday!)


 

 

Family Activities for Shavuot

Posted on May 6th, 2018
  Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19

 

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your children this holiday? Then look no further than Jvillage Network's Shavuot Holiday Guide.

 

You'll have hours of fun! It is filled with fun activities that even your toddler can make, from painting Q-Tip Flowers to the 10 Commandments Matching Game; from making Flower Collages to a Shavuot Scavenger Hunt. You'll also find enjoyable videos to watch together and many delicious recipes to make together.

 

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Visiting the Sick: Bikur Cholim

Posted on April 29th, 2018
From BimBam/Shaboom!
Kids learn all about bikur cholim or visiting the sick.


Bikur Cholim means to visit the sick, and help them to feel better. Watch Gabi and Rafi explain bikur cholim in this episode of Shaboom!

In this second episode, kids learn all about bikur cholim, visiting the sick. Nobody likes being sick and being stuck in bed. Having visitors that help make you feel better can be one of the best medicines. So, while it can be hard to see someone you love feel bad, it is important to visit so they don’t feel alone. Watch this episode in which the Plony family visits their sick grandpa and makes his day.

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How a Rare Jewish Ritual Added Meaning to Our Family

Posted on April 22nd, 2018
BY CANTOR LAUREN PHILLIPS for ReformJudaism.org


Pidyon haben (Redemption of the Firstborn) is an unusual Jewish ritual that commemorates the birth of a family's firstborn child, when that baby is a son. Originally, firstborn sons were inducted into God's service because they had been spared from the Egyptian plague of the firstborn.

However, when the Jews – firstborns included – built the Golden Calf, the firstborns forfeited their status as servants of God. The priesthood was transferred to the only tribe that did not participate in the construction of the Golden Calf: the Levites, and particularly to the descendants of Aaron.

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