We love summer - warm weather, long days, (somewhat) lazier schedules, and best of all, not needing an excuse for ice cream. Our friends at PJ Library in Detroit are throwing a series of ice cream…socials in neighborhood joints across the metro Detroit area to help you cool off and keep the kids entertained. Join other families near you and get a 10% discount on ice cream along with a (free!) craft and PJ Library storytime. Check out one event or put a bunch on your calendar, because as far… >> Read More
Now that it’s July, you’re probably getting settled into the rhythms of summer—and the pace of life has (hopefully) slowed down (at least a little bit). In addition to all of your regularly…scheduled summer fun, we’ve put together a list of fabulous Jewish things you can do as a family this summer. You can celebrate Shabbat in the park, at the beach, or at the playground, take in an outdoor storytime, get a little culture (and air conditioning) at a museum, and dance to the beat at… >> Read More
We kvelled at the Tony Award win for Dear Evan Hansen's very charming, very vulnerable Ben Platt.
But did you know... that he once sang Hebrew songs around the fire (or whatever campers gathered…'round) at Jewish sleepaway camp? We've got the evidence to prove it, from a 2015 performance at a show aptly titled: "From Camp Ramah to Broadway." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Cr0wgE90Y&feature=youtu.be And here's a video of Platt doing a more recent ditty from the play that netted him his Tony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNf99gbrotY >> Read More
The weather is finally warming up, and the pace of life is slowing down (at least a little bit). In addition to all of your regularly scheduled summer fun, we’ve put together a list of…fabulous Jewish things you can do as a family this summer. You can schmooze, eat, play, and meet other Jewish families living near you at jBaby Chicago’s Bagels in the Park events, volunteer as a family through PJ Gives Back, celebrate Shabbat in a bunch of creative ways and places, and more. You’re going to also… >> Read More
Are you thinking about sleepaway camp, but not sure if you–or your child–are quite ready? Or maybe everyone in the family is totally on board but not sure which kind of camp experience might be…the right fit. Well, you’re in luck–all of the camps listed below have opportunities to provide you and your prospective camper with an introduction to camp without signing on for a full session. Some camps offer one-day experiences and open houses that give prospective campers (and their parents) a taste of camp life with camp activities,… >> Read More
On Shavuot, Jews celebrate receiving the Torah and get excited about the story of Ruth, the "first convert" and a woman of incredible strength and bravery.
Recently, three Jewish women artists…collaborated on an original performance celebrating the strength of Ruth, which Kveller is proud to premiere. They told us a bit about it: "The project is a collaboration between three Jewish women, a ballet dancer and choreographer Lisie Michel, video producer Rivka Cohen, and singer composer Franciska Kay. The song lyrics are taken from the Book of Ruth.… >> Read More
June is here and it's time for sandals, sunscreen, and lots of outdoor fun. You can celebrate Shabbat outdoors in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island, groove to an outdoor concert with Joanie Leeds…& The Nightlights in Westchester, or do a mitzvah while getting some exercise at family-friendly 5K’s in Staten Island and Long Island. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd annual PJ Library Story in the Square series in Union Square Park, featuring live music and stories every Thursday at 2 p.m. from June… >> Read More
Shavuot, one of the most delicious Jewish holidays, is a day in which we celebrate the Jews' receiving the 10 commandments on Mt. Sinai. Why is it so yummy? Well, one of the customs is to eat dairy…foods. A holiday where we get to eat cheesecake, ice cream, and pizza, is a holiday we can totally get behind! There are tasty holiday events happening all over the New York area including cooking, story times, and lots of outdoor fun. Shavuot 2017 begins on Tuesday evening, May 30 and ends on Thursday night, June… >> Read More
Do you have plans for this weekend? If you don’t, you’re going to want to keep reading. If you do, you might want to change them because there are some fantastic family events happening all…around the New York area. There's even more fun happening in the month of May with Israel Independence Day, Lag B’Omer, and Shavuot. Click here for more info. Have a great weekend Kvellers! Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel Independence Day begins this Monday evening, May 1, and concludes at sundown on Tuesday, May 2 Brought to you… >> Read More
May has arrived and flowers are blooming everywhere. While you are planning playground dates, be sure to add some of these fun, family-friendly events to your calendar. You can celebrate Israel’s…69th birthday with a virtual trip to Israel in Brooklyn, have fun at a Lag B’Omer family field day in Washington Heights or on Long Island, run a 5K in the Bronx, or choose from several PJ Library family Shabbats in Westchester. Yom Ha'atzmaut 2017, Israel Independence Day begins this Monday evening, May 1, and concludes… >> Read More
Thinking about sleepaway camp, but not sure if you–or your child–are quite ready? Or maybe everyone is totally on board with the whole overnight camp idea, but not sure which one might be the…right fit. You’re in luck–all of the camps listed below have opportunities to provide you, and your prospective camper, with an introduction to life at camp without signing on for a full session. But you have to get started now–these programs fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. Need the inside scoop on… >> Read More
Wait, Passover is on Monday? Really? If you're like us, you are always a little bit behind on holiday planning, especially with kids to watch and work to do.
Fortunately, Kveller is here to help.…Check out our free e-book, "Easy Passover With Kids," downloadable right now with just a few clicks, and find some tips for activities and recipes that will make the holiday a kid-friendly joy. From seder must-haves to matzah crafts to recipes kids will actually eat, this guide will get your family up-to-speed on everything you need to… >> Read More
If your dad has been asking you when the Maccabeats are going to release their Passover-themed video this year, wait no longer! It's here. Enjoy their rendition of the Four Questions, "Mah Nishtanah"…below. Your kids will enjoy the use of wine glasses filled to different levels as musical accompaniment, too. You can send this video to any new seder guests to prepare them for the stunning version of this song your kids will surely perform at the table. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmabziV1LiY >> Read More
Grab a box of matzah, because Passover is right around the corner. To help get you in a Passover groove, we’ve put together some of the best ways to celebrate with the family in the metro Detroit…area. Need Seder plans? We’ve also included a list of community Seders held at area synagogues. And because you totally deserve a fun night out, we’ve listed two events just for grown-ups, so give your favorite babysitter a call. If you’re looking for some Passover food-spiration, check out these six Matzah Toppings from Around the World or… >> Read More
Spring has officially sprung (on the calendar, at least) and Passover is right around the corner. We’ve put together a list of the best ways to introduce your little ones to the holiday while…having some fun and maybe even talking to other grown-ups. You can pick from story times, scavenger hunts, tot Shabbats, and more. Don’t have Seder plans yet? We’ve also included a list of community Seders held at area synagogues and other locations. Parents with babies ages 2 and under should be sure not to miss… >> Read More
Spring has officially sprung in Baltimore, and Passover is right around the corner. We’ve put together a list of hands-on ways to introduce your little ones to the holiday, ranging from story times…to family fun on the farm – with baby goats! Still need Seder plans? We’ve included a list of community Seders held at synagogues and other locations. If you’re looking for some Passover food-spiration, check out these six Matzah Toppings from Around the World or this recipe for matzah tiramisu. Need a quick refresher on all things Passover? We’ve… >> Read More
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PJ Library in Detroit is for families with children ages 6 months to 8 years who live in…Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Livingston counties. Sign up now! Questions? Ask Gail Greenberg, your local PJ Library coordinator. Gail plans fun events and activities for families in the Metro Detroit area. PJ Library in Detroit is program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation, The… >> Read More
Spring has officially sprung and Passover is right around the corner. We've got more than 40 ways to get in a Passover groove in the New York area, from story times on Long Island to museum…scavenger hunts in Manhattan. Don’t have Seder plans yet? We’ve also included a list of community Seders at the bottom of the page with options in Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan and Queens. But April isn’t just about matzah—there are tot Shabbats in Westchester, brunch and open play in Brooklyn, and vacation camp in the Bronx.… >> Read More
Passover is almost here (it begins Monday evening on April 10 and ends Tuesday evening on April 18)--which means it's time to start thinking about all the delicious foods you're going to make. Well,…to make it easy, we're giving away the "Matzo Pizza" kit from Manishewitz--because as much as it's awesome to make everything yourself from scratch, that's also unrealistic (especially when you have a brisket in the oven—brisket doesn't make itself). The best part? You can have fun with your kids making the pizza, and it won't take forever.… >> Read More
Purim is over, but there is still a lot of family-friendly fun to be had in New York this March. You can have a pajama party on Long Island, volunteer at Bushwick City Farms in Brooklyn, dance to the…beat with the Paper Bag Players in Manhattan or with Shira and Friends in Staten Island, or check out a tot Shabbat in Westchester. Brought to you in partnership with PJ Library in New York Brooklyn | Long Island | Manhattan | Staten Island | | Westchester Brooklyn PJ Library: It's Time for Shabbat Learn about… >> Read More
Purim may be over, but there is still lots of family-friendly fun to be had this month in Baltimore including Shabbat celebrations, family days on the farm, and kid-friendly music and…theater. Family Fun Pearlstone Family Farm Day Have a fun afternoon on the farm, visit the animals and learn about Judaism’s relationship to the environment. Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m. Tiyul Outdoor Adventure Outdoor adventures include creek walking, animals, shelter building, stories, and songs. For children in grades… >> Read More
If there was an awards ceremony for Jewish holidays, Purim would win the prize for most fun and kid-friendly Jewish holiday. Kids and grown-ups get to listen to a story about a king, queen, and bad…guy, make noise, and eat hamantaschen. To help get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve put together a list of the best Purim celebrations happening in the Baltimore area. And that’s not all. There are so many ways to have fun as a family this month including a 5K family run, a whole bunch of… >> Read More
Purim gets our vote for the most fun and kid-friendly Jewish holiday. Kids and grown-ups get to listen to a story about a king, queen, and bad guy—all the while they dress in costume, make noise,…and eat hamantaschen. To add to the fun, many JCC’s and synagogues have carnivals with games, prizes, inflatables, and treats. To help you get in a holiday mood, we’ve rounded up the best Purim parties and carnivals in our part of New Jersey. Happy Purim! Purim 2017 begins on Saturday evening, March 11 and concludes… >> Read More
Purim might just be the best Jewish holiday (sorry Yom Kippur!). You get to dress up in costume, make noise (Boo, Haman!), and eat pastries (mmm…hamantaschen). In addition to the general…celebratory atmosphere, many synagogues and JCCs hold Purim carnivals with moon bounces, face painting, and carnival games. What’s not to love? To help you get in a holiday mood, we’ve rounded up some of the best Purim parties and carnivals going on near you. Purim 2017 begins on Saturday evening, March 11 and concludes at… >> Read More
Purim just might be our favorite Jewish holiday (Sorry Passover!). Kids and grown-ups get to listen to a story about a king, queen, and bad guy, make noise, and eat hamantaschen. To add to the fun,…most JCC’s and synagogues have carnivals with games, prizes, inflatables, and treats. To help you get in a holiday mood, we’ve rounded up the best Purim parties and carnivals in our corner of New Jersey. Happy Purim! Purim 2017 begins on Saturday evening, March 11 and concludes at sundown on Sunday, March 12. Early Bird… >> Read More