Brush off the car and find that missing mitten, because we’ve got 18 ways to get out of the house and entertain the kids this winter. There are crafts, volunteer opportunities, story times,…concerts, and lots of other ways to keep the whole family happy and busy when it’s cold outside. Need a night out? Book a babysitter and start planning, because we’ve got a whole list of things for grown-ups too. January CRAFTS Room – Recycled Materials Bring the family and get creative using recycled materials. The… >> Read More
Happy 2017, Kvellers! The holiday season may be over but there is still so much to do with kids in New York. There are new sessions of classes starting, Tot Shabbats all over, and a bunch of havdalah…programs where you can say goodbye to Shabbat in your pajamas, with ice cream, pizza, or crafts. We know it can be tempting to hibernate indoors during the winter months, but trust us—it is worth bundling the kids up and heading out to one or more of these events. Brought to you in partnership with PJ… >> Read More
In sickness and in health. Those words aren’t actually part of any Jewish wedding ceremony. They’re implied, sure, but they’re never said out loud.
When we got married 12 years ago, it never…occurred to me that we’d be faced with so much sickness so soon. I had a strong, strapping husband who could bench press me. His shoulders are easily twice as wide as mine and he towers over me, even now when he leans on a cane. What could go wrong? Well, quite a lot apparently.… >> Read More
A few weeks ago, I was a guest at a Shabbat retreat (called a Shabbaton) at a synagogue near my house. I was invited by an organization called ETTA to experience the community they create for…individuals with disabilities. ETTA was started almost 25 years ago. They have five group homes in the Southern California area and they support activities and events that help individuals learn life skills and build confidence while participating in rewarding job, social, and recreational activities, including summer camps and Shabbat experiences such as the one I… >> Read More
Who doesn’t love a good Tot Shabbat? It gets you out of the house and around other people, provides your little ones with an intro to Shabbat and Jewish holidays, and can be a good introduction to…synagogue for adults, too. And there is almost always challah and grape juice. Here’s the scoop on Tot Shabbats in Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex & Union County, New Jersey. Editor’s Note: These listings were prepared using the most current information available, but before you pack up and schlep the kids out of the house, we… >> Read More