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Children are brilliant at picking up nonverbal cues, which means that when a serious illness strikes within your family circle, they’re likely to sense – from the change in your mood and whispered conversations – that something is not right.

A conversation with parenting expert and bestselling author Dr. Wendy Mogel

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.

As children and as adults, we make sense of the world by digging into big questions. We connect with each other through conversations - between parents and children, with other adults, and as part of families and communities. Big Questions for Families With Young Children help make the most of these conversations with concepts linked to the cycle of the Jewish year.

Let's find ways to give lasting Passover memories to the next generation – minus the bathtub fish – by involving them with the preparation for the holiday and its cooking.

Jews are often referred to as the "People of the Book," but I've come to realize that we're really the People of the Cookbook! Our recipes represent who we are, from where we came, and where we live now. Our food choices are dictated by our culture and heritage. 

At URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a Reform Jewish summer camp with locations in Byfield, MA, and Thousand Oaks, CA, every summer morning starts with a “Boker Big Bang” – a brief prayer followed by a (contained) explosion. Here are a few of the camp’s favorite experiments.

Even though Hershel can no longer see, he remembers what things looked like before he lost his sight - and creates beautiful shapes from his mother’s hamentashen dough. His cookies earn him a compliment and a possible future job from the town baker.

Can the Plony family get ready for an unexpected Hanukkah visit with only an hour’s notice? 

How can you create a meaningful, memorable and joyous holiday season in a household where one partner is Jewish, one is Christian, or both were raised with different traditions? How can you create an honest dialogue that allows you both to share your feelings and work together to create your own family traditions?


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