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Nov 2 2012

Saturday Morning Breakfast Traditions: Challah French Toast!

By at 9:46 am

Right now we have two adults and one picky toddler eating solid foods in our house and on Friday night, we always have lots of left over challah.

One of our family traditions is to make challah French toast on Saturday morning. Literally, the first thing my son says when he opens his eyes on Saturday morning is, “Challah French toast day!” (God forbid I attempt to serve him cereal.) Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 29 2012

Hurricane Sandy Coloring Page

By at 10:47 am

If you’re on the East coast and gearing up for Hurricane Sandy, one thing you’ll definitely want is plenty of things to occupy the kids with should the electricity go out. Children’s book author and illustrator Ann Koffsky has come through with this rainy day coloring page, complete with the Hebrew prayer that asks God to please bring the winds and the rain (in proper amounts!) so that the land will be healthy and grow.

To download and print, click here.

rainy day coloring page

Oct 25 2012

Repairing the World, Starting With Your Snack Bags

By at 1:44 pm

So my daughter is in school now, which is a topic unto itself that I promise to address another day, and every day she needs to bring lunch.

Lunch!

I grew up in the day of brown bag lunches. You’d sit in the cafeteria and everyone had a brown paper bag, with plastic bags inside that were filled with their assorted foods, from sandwiches to Doritos and Oreos.

Except for me. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 16 2012

Time to Get Our Mitzvah On

By at 4:20 pm

92y mitzvah day 2012Need something to feel good about? Next month, the 92Y in New York City is hosting a Hands-On Mitzvah Day, and everyone is invited to join in on the fun. The day will be filled with hands-on projects to benefit those in need and promote the spirit of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

Projects include writing and creating holiday cards for soldiers, decorating flower pots for the elderly, preparing activity kits for children with life-threatening illnesses, collecting and sorting new and gently used books for children in underserved schools and for children in hospitals, toiletries for women in need and pet supplies for animals in shelters. There’s a suggested donation of $20 per family.

To learn more and buy tickets to join, click here.

And remember, Kveller has been doing a little tikkun olam along with PJ Library with our tzedakah campaign that will bring $5000 to a deserving non-profit. Learn more and nominate your favorite organization here.

Oct 12 2012

Kids Bring You Their Favorite Healthy Recipes

By at 12:11 pm
healthy lunchtime challenge

The faces of the talented young chefs.

Need some new healthy, kid-friendly lunchtime options in your repertoire? Michelle Obama and 54 little talented chefs have just the thing for you.

As part of a project called “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” the First Lady paired up with Epicurious to ask kids  between 8-12 years old to send in their favorite healthy recipes. One recipe from each state (plus a few territories) was chosen and compiled in this free, online cookbook. You can check out the whole cookbook here, and we’ve picked out two of our favorites below. Happy healthy eating! Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 10 2012

Book Club Reminder: Two Weeks to Go

By at 1:36 pm
the people of forever are not afraid

Don’t forget about our newest book club pick, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Israeli author Shani Boianjiu.

We’ll be chatting about the book right here on the blog in two weeks, on October 24th, so if you haven’t started reading, now’s the time so can join us!

The book discussion doesn’t end on Wednesday because we also have arranged for a special opportunity for all you avid readers and book club members: Shani Boianjiu (@shaniboianjiu) will be chatting about her book with us live on Twitter on October 25th at noon, EST. You’ll be able to follow along with the #kvellerlit hashtag.

**We’re also looking for a special guest star contributor four our book club discussion on the blog. If you’re reading the book (or plan to very soon) and would like to join in on the discussion among the Kveller editors, drop us a note in the comments below.**

Remember, you can always keep up to date with our book club by visiting here.

And congratulations to Janel of Texas, our book giveaway winner!

Sep 28 2012

Free Stuff Alert: The At Home Gourmet Kosher Cookbook

By at 3:18 pm

the at home gourmet sarah lasry cookbookYom Kippur is said and done, so we won’t be fasting anytime soon. That means it’s time to talk about FOOD. The At Home Gourmet is a phenomenal kosher cookbook by Sarah M. Lasry and we’ve got a copy to giveaway to one lucky Kveller reader.

If you’d like a sneak preview of just what kind of recipe you can find in The At Home Gourmet, Sarah was kind enough to share one of her classic Sukkot recipes, which you can find below.

As for entering the contest…

Sign up for Kveller’s e-newsletter by clicking here, and then drop us a note in the comments below. If you’re already signed up, just skip ahead to the comment part. We’ll choose a winner next Friday, October 5th. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 27 2012

Kveller Book Club: Giving Away Our Next Book!

By at 3:42 pm
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the people of forever are not afraid shani boijaniu

We’re super pumped about our new book club pick, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Israeli author Shani Boianjiu. So excited, in fact, that we’re giving away a copy to one lucky reader.

To enter:

To be entered to win the book, sign up for our e-newsletter and then drop us a note in the comments section below. If you’re already signed up for the e-letter, then just leave us a comment. We’ll choose a winner next Wednesday, October 3rd.

We’ll be chatting about the book right here on the blog on October 24th, so we hope you all can start reading and join us! Remember, you can always keep up to date with our book club by visiting here.

Sep 21 2012

Great (and Free!) Family Programs for Downtown Babies

By at 4:11 pm

If you’re in the New York area and have young children, you’ll definitely want to check out these upcoming free events at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that are part of their New Families, New Traditions series. They’re especially geared towards families with children under 3, and feature puppets, music and storytelling galore!

All events are at the museum at 36 Battery Place New York, NY 10004. For more information, email family@mjhnyc.org or call 646.437.4202. Reservations are not needed.

jacob stein with pupperSunday, September 23, 10:30 A.M.

Days of Awe-Some New Year Celebration

Join Jacob Stein and The Bakery Band Puppet Players to welcome 5773 with songs and stories.

Jacob Stein is the musical director of the Jewish Community Project in Lower Manhattan, and his Bim Bom Musicfest Class is now in its seventh year. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 19 2012

Kveller Book Club: The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

By at 3:11 pm

the people of forever are not afraid

We’re very excited to announce our next pick for the Kveller Online Book Club! This month, we’ll be reading a new novel by young Israeli writer Shani Boianjiu called The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.

Here’s the brief rundown of what the book is all about:

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain.

We’ll be chatting about the book on October 24th, so buy your book today and get to reading.

**Just a reminder, if you buy the book through this link on Amazon, Kveller will receive a portion of the profit and we would greatly, greatly appreciate it.**

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