Tag Archive: Creativity

The New Cycle-New Hope

Tu Bi SHvat

Today is Tu Bi Shvat, the New Year of the Trees. It is celebrated on the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Shvat. The Talmud tells us that there are four New Years in the Jewish calendar. The New Year of the Trees represents the beginning of spring and a new agricultural cycle in Israel. …

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Will you be at their bat mitzvah next year? Win a free flight to Israel!

American mitzvah girls at the Feb. 2013 gala

VERY exciting news! Thanks to a suggestion from Baila’s mom (see this month’s mitzvah profile) we are adding a new raffle contest to our mitzvah project program. Starting from this month, for each $100 a bat mitzvah girl raises, her name will be added to our annual ‘Fly to the Gala’ drawing. The winning name receives 1 free …

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The Power of the Bat Mitzvah


by Sheena Levi Originally published on January 30, 2013 on the Jewish Women’s Archive: Jewesses with Attitude blog When I was brought on board at the Lev LaLev Fund in May 2011, I was asked if I could run the bat mitzvah project program. I thought, sure, how hard could it be? I was once a bat mitzvah girl too after …

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Guest Post: 3 Gifts For A Charitable Soul

With gifts it’s all about the giving. Well it might not be when we’re young but it certainly should be by the time we reach adulthood. If you’re looking to give a gift that will benefit as many people as possible supporting one of these charitable projects is certainly the way to go. Giving has …

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This Kid Knows What Makes the World Go ‘Round


She did it again. In the moments following my brainstorming session for this week’s blog topic, my prophetess friend – you know, the one I mentioned last time who texts me doses of inspiration – sent this: While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about. …

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In 2012, Remember: Nobody’s Perfect


This may come as a surprise to a lot of people – especially my mother – but I have to admit that I’m not perfect. At this moment, breakfast dishes are soaking in my kitchen sink (yuck) and there’s a laundry basket filled with socks waiting for their designated partner, some of which have probably …

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A Seder Plate for Rosh Hashanah?!

Some people actually have 2, or even 3, seders each year! Most people know about the Passover seder, few know about the Tu B’shvat seder, but many are now having Rosh Hashanah seder plates. The Rosh Hashanah seder is actually one of the holiday’s oldest food traditions — and now it’s one of the newest trends in …

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Lemonade Stands: Israeli Style


This summer, the older Lev LaLev girls are taking classes entitled “Building for Tomorrow” – which will teach them the skills they need to maneuver their lives into the future. You can also teach your kids a bit about the world of buying, selling, customer relations and event coordinating, while simultaneously doing a good deed …

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Kid Friendly Kabobs


We found these festive 4th of July skewers on MakeandTakes.com, and thought they were the perfect easy to make treat for the upcoming holiday weekend, or for those outside America, any summer fun treat! So while everyone else is barbecuing kabobs, let the kids in on the action too…and we all know sticks are a favorite “toy” right? Supplies …

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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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