Monthly Archive: June 2011

Making the Most of These Summer Days

Lev LaLev Girls Ready to make S'Mores

An unending supply of plastic cups; sticky watermelon juice on the counter; beach towels that forever need drying; kids in my house who don’t belong to me and a car that keeps disappearing from my driveway. Did I mention it was MY car? Explanation? School’s out, the kids are home, and life won’t be normal …

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In Memory of Rose, age 4

Rose Prisem, Age 4, of Netanya

You’ve heard it before: dysfunctional parents, an innocent child, emotional fury. If only it would end there, but in one occurrence, a small skull was smashed, a tiny body tossed into a river. Just a few weeks ago, Israeli courts sentenced a grandfather with the 2008 murder of his 4 year old granddaughter. The story …

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Hula Hoop Hopping – Is there another use for the circular tube?


Reporting Live from Netanya by Chava Yelloz When I want to get the scoop on the girls’ exciting upcoming activities, Bracha Runes, our Programs Director, sends me right upstairs to the Home’s second level to the Director of Activities, Elinor Gabay and her “Ideas Factory”. Once I’m in the door, bursts of colorful neon paper, jars of …

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The True Celebration of Shavuos

Shavuos Greeting1

Here in New York, so much of our lives is governed by the weather. You never know if snow will be in the forecast for Passover, but one thing is for sure: by the time Shavuos is on our radar, spring has emerged, and with it, a sense of change and renewal. What a perfect …

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Shavous Preparations at the Orphanage


Starting last week, the Lev LaLev girls focused on learning The Book of Ruth (Megillat Rut), which is read on the upcoming holiday of Shavous. Our counselors taught them to emulate the persona of Ruth the Moabite, known for her kindness and modesty. From her they learned the importance of modesty in speech, carrying oneself – daily behavior …

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Mount Sinai Cake: From Desert to Dessert!

Rachel's Har Sinai Cake, 2011 edition

Are you getting ready for Shavous? This year the celebrations start the evening of June 7th and we have a great way to get the kids involved and excited for the Holiday. We learn that the Jewish people received the Ten Commandments and the Torah from God in the Sinai desert at the small, humble, non-descript Mount …

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Tefillat HaShlah: A Prayer for the Children

Parent Holding Hands of Child

Isaiah Horowitz, (c. 1565 – March 24, 1630), also known as the Shlah ha-Kadosh (the holy Shlah), was a prominent Rabbi and Kabbalah master in his time. He wrote that the eve of the first day of the Hebrew month of  Sivan is the most auspicious time to pray for the physical and spiritual welfare of one’s children and …

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