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Mar 10 2014

Apparently My Appreciation for Dorky Purim Costumes Skipped a Generation

By at 2:55 pm

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Now that we are officially in the Jewish month of Adar, I am in a complete Purim panic. I do not panic about baking hamantaschen, because for the sake of all involved, I do not bake. I do not panic about putting together mishloach manot for friends and neighbors, because I generally believe that less is more. (If you get a Ziploc with two Twizzlers and an Oreo inside, you’re quite welcome.)

No, I panic because Purim to me represents the yearly realization that my children might be completely missing the “dorky costume gene,” a gene which was so pivotal to my own childhood.

I don’t know whether it was poor body image, an overactive imagination, or a combination of the two, but year after year, while all the other girls aimed for costumes that were first cute, then pretty, and–a few years later–sexy, I continually opted for bulky, unwieldy, and never entirely successful Purim costumes. As far as I was concerned, a winning costume was an uncomfortable one. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 16 2014

The Best Kid-Friendly Crafts for Tu Bishvat

By at 1:15 pm

Happy Tu Bishvat, the Jewish birthday of trees! This is a great holiday for making kids aware of the earth and all its bountiful beauty. If you’ve got some free time with the kids today, we rounded up a few craft projects you can do to get them in the “tree state of mind.”

1. Have a forest fiesta! Break out the paper, glue, buttons, and paint and create a forest with your kids. These two projects will leave you with a pretty play dough garden, and a landscape of paper trees. (Mum Paints Lives)

TREES

2. Make some cardboard leaves with stencils and paints! Get crazy and do some finger painting–there are many techniques you can use with this one. (Creative Jewish Mom) Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 1 2013

Hobby Lobby Doesn’t Cater to Jews

By at 1:29 pm

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Beginning your shopping list for Hanukkah gifts and decorations? If so, make sure to avoid Hobby Lobby, a swiftly growing U.S. crafts store with 561 stores, which sells zero Hanukkah merchandise, and hires Jewish intolerant employees.

On September 27th, Ken Berwitz took to his blog to explain what happened when a friend of his entered Hobby Lobby seeking Hanukkah goods. To the customer’s surprise, a sales associate callously replied, “We don’t cater to you people.”

Understandably, Mr. Berwitz had to hear this supposed truth for himself, and quickly made a call to Corporate to ask why Hobby Lobby didn’t put Hanukkah goods on their item list this year.

The response: ”Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.” Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 17 2013

Nine Amazing Crafts to Help Decorate Your Sukkah

By at 12:06 pm

Now that you’ve finished crafting for Rosh Hashanah it’s time to switch gears and decorate for Sukkot! (Just wait until the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah decorations overlap this year. OY!) The great thing about Sukkot decorations is that you can save them and use these memories to decorate for years to come.

Garland is a fun addition to any space and you can make it out of tissue paper or yarn. Both would look great hanging from your sukkah roof.

1. Pumpkin garland from Over the Moon: pumpkin garland

2. Pom-Pom Garland from 4 Men 1 Lady:  Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 29 2013

Five Rosh Hashanah Crafts That Won’t Make Your House a Giant Mess

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Shiksa in the Kitchen’s coloring sheet necklace.

Are you the type of person who spends months pinning fun craft ideas for the holidays only to realize the holiday is tomorrow? Pinterest should have an alert button or something. Well here is your reminder: Rosh Hashanah begins next Wednesday night, so it’s time to stop pinning and start crafting!

I have found with my preschooler that crafts only keep his interest for about 30 minutes tops (sometimes five?) and extra bonus points if the craft involves getting messy. OY! I’ll admit while he has probably received three different sets of finger paints I have yet to embark on finger painting at my house (I’m also the Mama who has a little silent freak-out when my kid mixes Play-Doh colors).

Here are some fun Rosh Hashanah crafts for tiny fingers that actually only require one color and minimal mess. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 22 2013

Purim is Coming & We’re Here to Help

By at 11:11 am

pizza hamantaschen

At last, the wackiest, craziest Jewish holiday of the year has arrived! Purim begins tomorrow night at sundown and goes until sundown on Sunday night, which means 24 hours of costumes, hamantaschen, noisemakers and more.

But Purim ain’t all cookies and costumes–it’s about beauty pageants, drinking, and evil plots, too! Refresh yourself on the Purim story, and then if you need some last minute ideas to make this year’s Purim extra fun, we’ve got you covered. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 15 2013

Getting Crafty with Purim

By at 11:57 am
Lego Purim grogger

DIY Lego Purim grogger

If you’re anything like me (and by that I mean totally unprepared for holidays until they are sitting on top of you) it can help to start thinking about Purim, well, last week. But now will do. It’s not officially until a week from Sunday, but if you want to take part in some of these fun crafts with the kiddos, it’s time to start planning.

This year, we’re turning to our friend Bible Belt Balabusta for some tips and tricks.

1. Hamantaschen Play-Doh Practice

The trick to making Hamantaschen is turning circles into triangles. Before the big day, practice at home with Play-Doh. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 25 2013

It’s Tu Bishvat Time

By at 11:37 am

Hello, Kveller folks. Just a friendly reminder that Tu Bishvat, the Birthday of the Trees, starts tonight at sundown. If you need some last minute ideas for food, crafts, and activities, we’ve got you covered.

To Eat

fig and goat cheese sandwichA common way to celebrate Tu Bishvat is to eat foods that contain the seven species from the Bible: figs, dates, pomegranates, olives, grapes, wheat and barley. That means you could make stuffed dates or fig and goat cheese sandwiches. Or you could make this fruity dinner for Tu Bishvat featuring orange and maple baked tofu and persimmon and pistachio cupcakes.

To keep up with the fruit theme, this orange salad is light and refreshing. And what better way to eat fruit then dipped in chocolate? Here comes in the chocolate fondue with fruit. Lastly, a little adult fun can be had with some homemade sangria using any of your favorite fruits. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 6 2012

Get Crafty With Us: DIY Hanukkah

By at 2:17 pm
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Kveller editor Deborah’s daughter crafting up a menorah.

Hanukkah is almost here! It’s time to dust off the menorahs, locate your dreidels, and buy about a ton of potatoes and Hanukkah gelt. If you’re loooking for more ways to get in the Hanukkah spirit, this is the perfect DIY decoration holiday–and your kids can join in on the fun!

We want to know how your family is preparing for the coming eight days. If you have pictures of your kids making Hanukkah crafts, share them on our Facebook page or send them to info@kveller.com.

If you aren’t sure where to start, or are looking for some creative projects for your kids to work on, check some of our favorite ideas below. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 15 2012

Free Stuff Alert: Handmade Hanukkah Kit

By at 12:00 pm

menorah kitWe hate to shock anyone, but did you know that Hanukkah is just a little over three weeks away? That’s right, the Festival of Lights begins on December 8th and we’ve got just the thing to help you prepare.

The Handmade Hanukkah Kit from Kiwi Crate is one little box with a whole lot of Hanukkah fun packed inside. It includes tools and supplies to make your own sparkly menorah and spin-art dreidels.  Kiwi Crate is an award-winning company that sends a new crafty kit every month to subscribers. Read the rest of this entry →

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