Incorporating Old World Traditions Into Our Kids’ Modern Lives

By Mandi Lou Gross of Congregation B'nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Florida Mandi Lou Gross Incorporating Old World traditions into our modern lives poses a dilemma. As millennial Jewish parents, we try all sorts of tactics to get our kids “into” their heritage. We chant prayers to Disney tunes, we make Pinterest crafts for every Jewish holiday; we scour YouTube for the perfectly entertaining Hanukkah video—whatever...

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“Travel Far Enough, You Meet Yourself”

USY Summer Travel Experiences Transform Young Lives The Pilgrimage Group There’s a quote that says, “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” And it’s true. Just ask the parents of USYers who have been transformed as they have prayed atop mountains, visited concentration camps, danced with friends to local music and so much more as part of USY summer travel experiences. Robin Gilman and her husband, who live in Ne...

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Create a Passover Seder That Keeps Kids Interested and Engaged

An hours-long Passover seder can feel longer than the 40 years our ancestors spent wandering the desert for young kids full of energy and wonder. So, what’s the key to keeping them engaged? Bring the experience down to their level with simple explanations and infuse it with fun and interactivity. What’s the Story? According to PJ Library, which celebrates Jewish culture, values and tradition through the joy of storybo...

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Making Your Child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah More Meaningful and Relevant

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is one of the greatest and most memorable milestones in the life of a Jew. In fact, the process and culminating celebration can be a real turning point that inspires pride in Jewish identity and heritage and a lifelong passion for Jewish learning and practice. However, some believe this is being lost to the increasingly lavish nature of Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Studies show the average cost of ...

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