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This informative and educational publication includes blessings, historical background, recipes, family activities and other creative ways to celebrate the Jewish festivals.

Below you will find editions from four different volumes, categorized under the appropriate holiday.

  • Volume 7 focuses on mitzvot and ethics of Jewish life
  • Volume 8 addresses the history of Jews in America
  • Volume 9 discusses b'rachot, the blessings of Jewish life
  • Volume 10 highlights different Jewish artists and art
  • Volume 11 celebrates Israel
  • Volume 12 is for families with teens

Also check out Holiday Happenings, another fun holiday resource designed for parents and staff of the URJ's early childhood programs.

 

Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur
Sukkot & Simchat Torah
Chanukah
Tu BiSh'vat
Purim
  • Vol. 11, No. 5 - Purim in Israel
    On leap years, we add an additional month of Adar. Purim Katan (Little Purim) is celebrated on the 14th of Adar I, while Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar II. Learn more fun facts in this issue.
  • Vol. 10, No. 4 - Jewish Storytelling and Puppetry
    In this issue's Spotlight on the Arts, we learn about an article entitled "Graven Images: The Long Road to Spirituality in Jewish Puppetry," by Mark Levenson, a puppet-theater writer, producer, performer and board member of the
    Jim Henson Foundation.
  • Vol. 9, No. 5 - Blessings Over Food
    In commemoration of Mordecai and Esther's Purim victory, the two declared it as a holiday for all time, to be celebrated with feasting and exchanging gifts of food. Learn about those foods and the blessing that go with them in this issue.
  • Vol. 8, No. 5 - Purim in American Jewish History
    This issue features a who's who and a what's what of Purim.
  • Vol. 7, No. 5 - Purim Mitzvot
    This issue features mitzvot and ethics of Jewish life you can teach your children.
  • Vol. 6, No. 6 - Purim Overview
    Purim! Purim! Happy Day of Gladness! In this issue, learn the basics of this festive holiday.
Passover
  • Vol. 12, No. 1 - Passover for Teens
    In this issue, we consider this: "Slavery does offer a certain freedom that can be attractive: the freedom from responsibility for yourself and others, the freedom from having to establish goals, figure out how to reach them, or think beyond the moment..."
  • Vol. 11, No. 6 - Passover in Israel
    Leaving what is familiar for something new, even something better, can be a challenge. The slaves who left Egypt found it hard to imagine a new life, and they complained about conditions in the wilderness. When people immigrate to Israel today, they also have to adapt to new circumstances. In this issue we think about adapting as we recount our exodus from Egypt.
  • Vol. 10, No. 5 - Dance and Movement
    As we embark on this season of Passover, this issue explores some of the roles dance has played in Jewish history, ritual and religious expression.
  • Vol. 9, No. 6 - The Traveler's Prayer
    Jews always have been a traveling people, whether by chance or by choice. These migrations spread the Jewish people to every corner of the earth. In this issue, we learn the prayers we say before embarking on a journey.
  • Vol. 8, No. 6 - Passover in American Jewish History
    An enduring message of Passover is that we are to value the questions of children, for it is through the questions of children that we remember and celebrate our history. In this issue, learn about some American Jewish history, including the history of Manischewitz.
  • Vol. 7, No. 6 - Passover Mitzvot
    Use this primer to learn the history and origins of Passover.
  • Vol. 6, No. 7 - Passover Overview
    Learn the mitzvot and observances of Passover, and discuss as a family what food laws you will observe during Passover.
Shavuot
  • Vol. 12, No. 2 - Shavuot for Teens
    The gift of Torah is at the center of the holiday of Shavuot. It is traditional to stay up all night studying Torah. (What a perfect event for teens – staying up all night!)
  • Vol. 11, No. 8 - Shavuot in Israel
    Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks, is described in the Torah as an agricultural holiday of the Land of Israel. Read on for more Israel connections.
  • Vol. 10, No. 6 - Jewish Papercutting
    From a verse in Exodus, we can infer that the land around Mount Sinai was green and fertile. A beautiful artistic tradition that evolved from these associations is that of decorating with floral-patterned papercuts called shavuoslech. In this issue we'll focus on this elaborate artwork.
  • Vol. 9, No. 7 - The Blessing After Meals
    In this issue, in connection with the time of year when we celebrate both a successful wheat harvest and the monumental event when God gave the Torah to us, we focus on the blessing that thanks God for the food that sustains us.
  • Vol. 7, No. 7 - Shavuot Mitzvot
    Recognizing that Shavuot has both agricultural and religious roots, the holiday is known by several different names: Shavuot, Z'man Matan Torateinu and Chag HaBikkurim. Learn about this and more in this issue.
  • Vol. 8, No. 8 - Shavuot in American Jewish History
    Learn how Jews in America have celebrated Shavuot, and what Thomas Jefferson had to say about religious freedom.
  • Vol. 6, No. 8 - Shavuot Overview
    This is a great Shavuot primer, complete with the various mitzvot and traditions of the holiday. Plus, there's a recipe for easy Shavuot blintzes!
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