As a child, I thought my dad could do anything. This was less based in fantasy and instead rooted in years of watching my dad. I have memories of him pouring a sidewalk, taking a ladder into our…attic, building a jungle gym and finishing our entire basement. My dad just seemed to know how to make things, and I loved watching him. At the end of the day, observing my dad provided more bonding and than it did expertise--I’m not exceptionally handy myself. Maybe that’s because I can call my dad and… >> Read More
Here’s the short version of this article. If you leave your kids home on the High Holidays so you can have grownup praying time, bring your kids on Sukkot.
If you bring your kids to the High…Holidays, then bring them back on Sukkot. Sukkot is the best kids holiday. You just might not know it yet. Now the longer version, if you need more convincing. Sukkot is particularly awesome for kids who love building, engineering or arts and crafts (so, most kids). You get to build a sukkah at your home… >> Read More
The fall Jewish holidays are right around the corner and there are so many opportunities for family fun – from crisp apples dipped in honey to outdoor fun in the Sukkah. We’ve put together a…super-sized round-up of things to do including family-friendly Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and some fun, non-traditional ways to celebrate as well. Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins on Wednesday evening, Sept. 20 and concludes at sundown on Friday, Sept. 22. Yom Kippur 2017 begins on Friday evening, Sept. 29 and concludes at sundown on Saturday, Sept.… >> Read More
The holiday of Sukkot is a breath of fresh air after the solemnity of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Literally. Much of the holiday is celebrated by spending time outdoors in a sukkah–which is one…of the many reasons that Sukkot is a super kid-friendly holiday. You can celebrate on a farm, make crafts, help decorate a Sukkah, settle in for a holiday story time or two, dance in the streets with a Torah, or choose from one of the many other fun ways to celebrate Sukkot the Baltimore area.… >> Read More
The outdoor-oriented harvest holiday of Sukkot is a totally kid-friendly holiday—making sukkah decorations (because, crafts), eating outdoors in a sukkah (because, picnics), shaking palm fronds and…fruit (because, fun) and marching in a Torah parade (because everybody loves a parade). Here are some local Sukkot events your kids will love going on in Essex, Morris, Sussex, Somerset, and Union Counties. Sukkot 2016 begins on Sunday evening, Oct. 16 and continues through Sunday evening, Oct. 23. Shemini Atzeret begins on Sunday evening,… >> Read More