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Shabbat Shmoozings: Musical Purim

Purim, the most joyful holiday on the Jewish calendar, is almost here.  Children and grownups alike look forward to the holiday that tells the story of Queen Esther, the female Jewish hero who saved the Jews of Shushan from the evil Haman.  There are costumes and cookies (Hamantaschen) and noisemakers called groggers.  There are kings… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: A New Year’s Shabbat

  After watching the ball drop at midnight (or 10 pm for the early Tucson set) and spending New Year’s Day watching football and the Rose Bowl Parade, how does one approach Shabbat after 24 hours of whirlwind activity? Shabbat, in essence, is a time of rest, and with New Year’s resolutions crafted and in… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: Splash and Dash

Throughout history, Jews have celebrated the triumph of human spirit.  We celebrate the Maccabees and their victory over the Greeks at Hanukkah time and celebrate Queen Esther’s heroism and bravery standing up to Haman and his desire to banish the Jewish people from Persia.  Simply, the Jewish people have successfully brushed themselves off and have… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: How to Light a Bonfire for Lag B’omer

The Jewish holiday, L’ag B’omer falls at sundown this upcoming week on Wednesday, May 6th and continues through sunset on Thursday, May 7th.  In order to understand the holiday, one must look back at the calendar to the end of Passover.  There are 49 days between the last day of Pesach and the holiday of… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: Shabbat Unplugged

We all know how demanding the work week can be, and in the Jewish tradition we have a weekly built-in holiday that encourages us to pause and take a break from our regular routines.  Shabbat is also referred to as the day of rest, and this year the Jewish Community Centers Association have teamed up… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: The Tale of the Warm Fuzzies

As I was sitting at my desk today and preparing for tomorrow’s Shabbat programming, I remembered a story from my childhood.  Knowing the tale was enthralling, I  planned to share it with the children who I knew would so eagerly await a fun and engaging Shabbat celebration together. When I re-read this story which I… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: 5 Lessons for Children About the Environment

With Tu B’Shevat right around the corner, we are reminded of the Jewish values, Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Bal Tashchit (do not destroy).  In modern days, Tu B’Shevat is not only a holiday that celebrates trees, but it has also become a Jewish Earth day of sorts.  As we pass the mitzvah of… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving, Shabbat Shmoozings blog readers!  Today is the coveted holiday for retail renegades who are willing to power through the troops of consumers to get a great bargain at the start of the holiday season.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not only geared for electronics and toys, however.  There are great opportunities for… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: Creatively Jewish With Food

One of the most effective experiential ways of getting children involved with Judaism is with fun and creative cooking.  A story told with food is a great way to get children involved in learning Jewish values and with tales told from the Tanach. This past week, children in ECE made their own Noah’s Ark snacks… Read more »

Shabbat Shmoozings: 10 Great Crafts to Help Make Your Sukkah Beautiful

Shalom and chag sameach! With Yom Kippur happening at sundown tonight, you’ll barely have time to catch your breath before it’s time put the Sukkah up.  Sukkot, the Festival of “booths” or “huts” begins the evening of Wednesday, October 8th and runs through Wednesday, October 15th. Sukkot is known to celebrate the Fall harvest, and… Read more »