Up to 40% Off Hanukkah Sale

Celebrate Hanukkah

We are launching our biggest sale of the year -- up to 40% off our Hanukkah gifts & games!   Everything in the store is on sale! When you're making your list, don't forget:  Presents for the grandkids, including kids away at college or in their 20s  Hanukkah Games Boxes as gifts to the host of the parties you're going to Hanukkah Boxes if you're traveling to spend time with family - they'll love playing Hanukkah Bingo and Dreidel, too!  Hanukkah Thank you notes -- to help your children understand the concept of gratitude One teacher told me she used our … [Read more...]

Celebrating Our Unique Paths

Each path is unique

Last week, I enjoyed a warm, spirited conversation with a mid-30s mom who, along with her husband and children, is thinking about converting to Judaism. She is reading and exploring and learning. As we spoke, it hit me again how different our paths are -- of the people in my synagogue and even in my extended family. And that there is no such thing as the “right” or “perfect” path. What would perfect look like, anyway?  My husband was raised very traditionally (in the Conservative Judaism world); I was not. In that spirit, when I found this funny blog post by Estelle Sobel Erasmus, I … [Read more...]

Are You a Nature Jew?

At the ocean

My husband doesn’t like sitting in synagogue.  Often, on the high holidays, he announces that he’s going to pray on the water (i.e., go fishing). While that’s said tongue-in-cheek, I’ve been reading more about the nature-Judaism connection lately. The feeling is very strong for me.  Is it for you?  Maybe it came from summers spent outdoors at Jewish camps or from picking pears on kibbutz in Israel.  Or maybe from camping trips with my family or feeling the hush in Muir Woods in California. Until recently, I didn’t know specific prayers to honor these moments of discovery and awe.  But … [Read more...]

“Joining My Grandsons”

We are passionate about bringing joy to busy families. These recent comments about our Hanukkah in a Box Kits are just what we were hoping: "I am especially excited about the CD so I can join my grandsons when they say the prayers.""This would be a great help for me -- I'm a recent convert,and it would help me explain the holiday to the rest of my family.""As a single mother, I have a limited amount of time to plan these days.  Thanks for making it easier for me to celebrate with my young daughter!"This comment reminded me of something I've learned over the years through teaching and … [Read more...]

Resource for Interfaith Families

Get Ready for Hanukkah

We are big supporters of the amazing work that www.interfaithfamily.com does. So are especially grateful to them for including us on their website, under Additional Resources,  at http://www.interfaithfamily.com/holidays/hanukkah_and_christmas.shtml. And we truly believe that our Hanukkah Kits will help bring more joy, with less stress, to interfaith families navigating the December holidays. (A story for another time: our positive interaction with Interfaith Families some years back, before the launch of Jewish Holidays in a Box.) … [Read more...]