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Family portrait of the author and his wife gazing lovingly at one another while she holds their newborn daughter in the nursery

The need for tikkun olam has never been more urgent. I see it as my duty to instill these ideals in my daughter, and I find myself hungry for a Jewish community in which we can share our dedication to them.

Robert Schurz
Closeup of a child looking down on a container of blueberry ice cream on a picnic table

This ice cream is made with 100% kid power! I love this process because it’s fun, interactive, and takes some stamina.

Hannah Riederer
Young boy holding Israeli flag

Here are five activities to help young children connect with Israel -- on Yom HaAtzmaut and all year long.

Jane E. Herman
Piece of broken matzah wrapped in a purple checkered cloth

The Passover ritual of the afikomen is wonderfully playful and deeply profound. It was a stroke of pedagogical genius to include a ritual so physical!

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Father reading a book with his young son and daughter

A talking parrot saves the family seder and a moose-musician is eager to host his perfect first Passover meal in a pair of delightful new children's

Penny Schwartz (JTA)
Closeup of a police siren in the dark with colorful but blurry lights  in the distance

As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
Little girl hugging her father while holding a teddy bear

As a Jewish preschool director just an hour north of Parkland, FL, my office has been a buzz of activity after 17 people were murdered at a local high school.

Tammy Kaiser, M.S.J.E.
Smiling girl looking on at a partially lit menorah

Instead of eight days of gifts, here are eight ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your kids that relate the story and celebration for your enjoyment and to help you refocus your approach:

Emily Aronoff Teck
Colorful wooden dreidels lying on a blue tablecloth with Hanukkah designs

Whether you're hosting a holiday party or simply want to turn on some Jewish tunes as you light the candles with your family, our Spotify playlists will do the trick.

Cantor Rosalie Boxt
Young children in a classroom setting dancing or moving in a circle while holding hands with one another and their adult instructors

 Let's stretch our creativity a bit to mine “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” for some metaphorical nuggets to teach preschoolers about Jewish values.

Jan Zauzmer

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