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

    This year we'll travel to Grandma’s house in Florida, and 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
    Half of a womans face as she stands beneath a chalkboard with question marks written behind her

    Our seders should be about connecting, conversing, and asking all kinds of questions. Here are a few ways to try this out at your own seder!

    Rabbi Leora Kaye
    Hanukkah lights in the window

    Though our kids have a long list of things they want for Hanukkah, we try to navigate the week-long celebration, balancing gifts, donations, and experiences.

    Rabbi Victor S. Appell

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