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Black and white image of a group of smiling children beneath a small tent in a desert setting

What was it like to grow up in a communal children’s house on an Israeli kibbutz? Rachel Biale was born in 1952 and raised on Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin, overlooking the Jordan River. She is the author of the new memoir Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
top of a red alarm clock against a blue background

And at this moment, in the midst of the pandemic, we are witnessing a time of reckoning for the racial divide that has torn our society apart for so long. What does it mean to bring a baby into a world in desperate need of r’fuah sh’leimah, the full healing of body, heart, and soul?

Margie Bogdanow
Seder table with more than a dozen place settings

During this surreal period, many of us are trying hard to keep sadness and anxiety at bay, and that’s important. It's equally important, though, to remain connected to our feelings. Each of us is giving up so many things this year – and for me, the hardest thing to lose is our Passover seder.

Margie Bogdanow
Dad and daughter laughing together as they look at a tablet screen

Do you know about all the great Jewish educational videos available from our partners at BimBam? Here are a few ideas for “homeshuling” your kids during this time.

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Stephanie Fink
Mom holds a laughing son on her lap as she reads a book to him from the couch

Spending more time than usual at home these days? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Jewishly inspired crafts, recipes, activities, videos, and other ideas to keep you and your family occupied during days spent indoors – all while learning about and embracing Judaism together.

Kate Kaput
A child and an adult watching the Hanukkah lights

BimBam’s animated videos spark connections to Judaism with compelling and engaging digital storytelling for kids, parents, and educators. Check out the Hanukkah videos.

Stephanie Fink
The author's son and grandson at a Little League baseball field

The small, quiet moments we spend with loved ones are precious and personal and powerful, and often, we do not realize time's beauty or meaning until later in life.

Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min.
Linda North and her husband, Bruce, with Rabbi Norman Mendel during her conversion ceremony

Last fall’s tragedy in Pittsburgh finally prompted Linda North, now known as Ruth bat Avraham v’Sarah, to set a date for her conversion to Judaism.

Heather Mendel
The Braun family (16 people) in 2015

Planning to offer brief remarks before Kaddish for my mother, I found it much harder to summarize her life than it had been for my father four years earlier.

Michele Braun
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


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