Jewish Holidays: Resources

2014 Jewish Calendar

WHAT’S NEW FOR CHANUKAH 2014/5775?
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SHAVUOT 2014/5774

WHAT IS SHAVUOT AND WHY DO SOME PEOPLE SAY SHAVUOS?

IMG_7153Passover 2014/5774

  • begins in the evening Monday, April 14
  • ends in the evening Tuesday, April 22

don’t PASSOVER these resources

Jewish Section in the App Store:

 

 

It’s Adar… Be happyHappy Purim 5774

(ios) App-y Purim of all kinds:

PURIM COSTUME Ideas                 

ECO-FRIENDLY Purim Ideas

PURIM THEMES from VirtualJerusalem

  1. Jewish Unity
  2. God’s “Hiddeness” in the World and Divine Providence
  3. Women’s Roles in the Ancient World
  4. Many more themes, check it out!

Hamantaschen Recipe (Kids, ask an adult to help you!)

(From Behrman House Resource Library)

Preparation Time: 30 minutes/Baking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Fillings:*
  • preserves or jams
  • poppy seed filling (store bought)
  • prune filling (store bought)

Directions

  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in bowl.
  2. Mix eggs, vanilla and oil in another bowl.
  3. Combine both and mix well. The dough should be stiff. Add a little more flour if dough is very soft.
  4. Divide the dough in half and roll out one half until about 1/3 inch thick.
  5. Cut into circle about 4 inches in diameter.
  6. Place some filling in the center of the circle and pinch the sides up in three places to form a triangle.
  7. Make sure you make the pinches very near the top of the triangle or the cookie dough will spread open.
  8. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 24.

Taken from From Soup to Nosh by the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.
*Chocolate spread also works well.

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WIKIPEDIA EXPLAINS THE JEWISH CALENDAR

Chanukah welcomes Thankgivukah

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photo (4)chAPPy Chanukah

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 Tu B’shvat

(15th day of Shvat)

Tu BiSh’vat or the “New Year of the Trees” is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the fifteenth (tu) of Sh’vat. Scholars believe that Tu BiSh’vat was originally an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring.   Read more 

What is a TuBishvat Seder?

During the diaspora, Tu Bishvat was being forgotten. In  the 16th century, Kabbalists [mystics] in tzfat gave the holiday new relavence by popularizing the Seder Tu Bishvat . The Tu Bishvat seder is loosely based on the Pesach seder.  READ MORE

Tu Bishvat Resource Links, Lesson plans and project ideas:

But how do you spell it?  Top ten choices…

For those who are interested, here are the Google rankings. Note that Google treats apostrophes, spaces, and hyphens as identical. These rankings are incomplete; feel free to contribute more possible spellings. All searches below are in quotes.

  1. tu b’shevat 318,000
  2. tu b’shvat 196,000
  3. tu beshvat 87,000
  4. tu bishvat 83,300
  5. tubshvat 54,100 [this one, and #8, showed up mostly in URLs]
  6. tu bisvat 21,100
  7. tou bichvat 18,600
  8. tubishvat 11,500
  9. tu bish’vat 2500
  10. tu bshvat 1110

And for those who *really* want to know and understand why #4 is the only correct choice READ ON…

When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit. -Leviticus 19:23-25

There are four new years… the first of Shevat is the new year for trees according to the ruling of Beit Shammai; Beit Hillel, however, places it on the fifteenth of that month. –Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1 Read more

Almond Cookies

    • 1 egg
    • ½ pound shortening
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • ½ teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 cups flour
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
    • Blanched whole almonds
    • 1 egg yolk, beaten
    • READ MORE
A green message for TuBishvat Israeli classic song for TuBishvat
TuBishvat on the streets of Jerusalem Israeli classic song for TuBishvat 


Tu Bishvat Lesson Plans

Tu Bishvat Suggested Seder

 

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Sukkot

  • How To Build a Sukkah

  • Sukkot: Back to the Basics
  • Traditions of Sukkot

  • Shakin the Lulav


  • Learning Hebrew with Sukkot

  • Sukkot in a cotton field?!

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, Jewish Identity and Baseball

Day of Atonement: Repairing our Mistakes, Engaging in teshuvah

Suggested Readings:

Yom Kippur 101Interfaith Family: Encouraging Jewish Choices

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah:New Year?

Rosh Hashanah:Learn Hebrew

Dip Your Apple

Rosh Hashana Playlist (Jacob Richman jrichman@JR.CO.IL)

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