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For the Love of Challah & Great Friends!

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:37am -- jkidphilly

by Bari Jacobson

I love to bake! I love to share what I bake with others and see their reactions. I love challah; however, my track record for making it wasn’t great. It was actually pretty sad. I saw a posting for the Great Challah Bake sponsored by the Bensalem Outreach Center. I asked Melissa and she said she would love to go, too. She invited Stacey and the three of us went together.

Letter To My Jewish Children

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 7:40am -- jkidphilly

by Stacey Aviva Flint

Editor's Note: In honor of MLK Day this month, we are delighted to share this blog by a passionate leader in Jewish diversity. Your family can join us to do service on MLK Day!

"Therefore we must place as our highest priority educating our children in our ideals, so that what we begin they will continue, until the world changes because we have changed." 
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth

Chanukah And Our Kids: Letting Their Light Shine

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:50am -- jkidphilly

by Rabbi Will Keller

I love the scene that unfolds when we light the Chanukah candles, especially with little kiddos around. I find children always have a fascination with this experience, they cannot contain their excitement, dancing and weaving between the legs of our guests and family as they try to get as close as humanly possible to the lighting of the Chanukiyot.  The kids’ excited dances and the glitter of absolute joy in their eyes remind me that our children are in some ways the like the candles themselves.

Constants and Variables: Meeting the Needs of Our Neighbors

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:52pm -- jkidphilly

by Fran Held

Founder & Executive Director, Mitzvah Circle Foundation

Brittany is a mother of two disabled children. After a car accident that left her with two broken legs, she can no longer work the $9 an hour job that supported her family. Without income she cannot cloth her two children for winter. She had nowhere else to turn and called Mitzvah Circle Foundation for help to provide warm clothing, coats and shoes for her kids as she recovers and gets back on her feet.

Storytelling, Lullabies and the Internet: A Grandma Shares Her Perspective

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:22am -- jkidphilly

by Shelley Maidman Menkowitz

Storytelling, reading books together, and singing songs form the basis of any warm relationship between an adult and a child. But today we have so many other options. Have you ever read a book to a far-away grandchild using Skype or FaceTime? Even a telephone can work:  My friend gets two copies of a book and the child on the other end of the phone looks at the pictures and turns the pages with Grandmom. If you can’t carry a tune, recorded music can be played at any time of day in many different places and in a variety of formats.


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