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Little girl with curly brown hair holding matzah up close to her face as if to break it

I know that if I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve, my boys will be glued to a screen 24/7. If you’re in the same position, here are a few tips for keeping kids busy.

Deborah Goldberg
Three members of the author's family singing a song from one of her plays at their seder

While others cook and clean for Passover, I write jokes for Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh, and God – so we can add a play to our family’s retelling of the Exodus from Egypt.

Karen Esther Rood
Child in a superhero costume with one fist raised against a blue sky background

The possibilities are only limited by imagination, and children’s imaginations are not limited.

Sheila Purdin
Young children sitting on the floor listening to an adult woman read a story book

Just as good picture books are gifts of wonder to children, offering nourishment and a sense of hope, the Torah helps us navigate our world with hope and strength.

Rabbi Samantha Natov
Campers learning to play mah jongg

For years, my mom has been on a mission to teach mah jongg at the Reform Jewish summer camp my brother and I attended. This year it finally happened.

Brian Hertz
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
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
Hands of a young child using scissors to cut a heart out of red paper

Many communities still need our help In that spirit, here are a couple of ideas you can do with your kids, also with what you probably already have at home.

    Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal
    Four red wooden lounge chairs facing the water on the beach

    During the summer, Shabbat can be an extra special time – and here are seven things you can do for rest, reflection, and fun.

    Jane E. Herman


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