Inspiration for Sukkot Fun

building the Sukkah

Sukkot 2016 starts the evening of Sunday, October 16th. I love fall, nature, excuses to be outside, and autumn harvest foods. So it’s no wonder that I love Sukkot. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to build your own sukkah, there are still 100s of ways to celebrate. To inspire you, here are just a few: Colorful Sukkot Recipes Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes Easy Roasted Red Pepper Soup from   Mini-Sukkah Crafts Build a Mini Sukkah for Sukkot  from Tori Avey Instant Edible Sukkah from BibleBeltBalabosta   More Family-Friendly … [Read more...]

Helping Kids Understand Tashlich

Rosh Hashanah tradition

One of my new Rosh Hashanah books broaches territory that is more complicated than eating apples dipped in honey. [For a good Rosh Hashanah book for younger children, read our blog about Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah.] “New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story,” was written by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. The story helps young readers understand the basics of the ceremony of Tashlich, from the perspective of Izzy who is sorry for several of his transgressions from the past year. It’s easy for him to admit to three: drawing on Miriam’s forehead, … [Read more...]

With Apologies to Sammy Spider

Jewish holiday

Our local public library is doing a program about the Jewish high holidays. And they didn’t have any recent books about Rosh Hashanah for children, so I purchased several – to share with them and to share with you over the next few weeks. I have to admit – I’d never read the Sammy Spider books, and I had a preconceived notion of what they might be. I was so wrong. “Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashanah,” written by Sylvia Rouss and illustrated by Katherine Kahn, is charming. I bought the large paperback, so the illustrations have lots of real estate to show their bright, showy, happy … [Read more...]

Last-Minute Ways to Get Ready for Seder

Seder Plate

Are you hosting the Seder this year – but you haven’t planned it yet? Don’t panic. If you’re looking for easy how-to guidance, grab a copy of our instantly downloadable  Celebrate Passover: How to Plan a Fun, Simple Seder.  You'll get a Seder shopping list, how to set the Seder table, and lots, lots more! Plus, you get two audio tutorials, with a pronunciation guide. Passover 2016 is from sunset, Friday, April 22 through nightfall, Saturday, April 30 And if you want to customize your Seder, but need ideas that are super fast? Look at these for inspiration - then choose from your family's … [Read more...]

Passover Recipes with a Twist

                      I vacillate between wanting to keep tradition and add new elements to our Seder each year. A few years ago, we experimented with not having brisket for Passover, serving chicken Marbella instead. What a big hit! So when I found this Chicago Tribune article with modern Passover recipes, I loved the advice to keep the favorites, but experiment with some new choices. Passover 2016 is from sunset, Friday, April 22 through nightfall, Saturday, April 30 Charoset from two worlds … [Read more...]