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Button Tree Art for Tu BiShvat

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:00am
From Simply Designing


This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


This fun button art craft is sure to be a hit for kids of all ages (just keep a close eye on younger children who might be tempted to put them in their mouth!)!


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Super Easy Chocolate Bark for an Easy Tu B’Shevat Craft Project

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

From Chai & Home


You know if it’s after Hanukkah I’m looking to melt some Hanukkah gelt! Like I’ve written before, there is something about melting gelt that makes it taste so much better. When in gelt form, the chocolate is so dry and flavorless, but when melted it tastes like the finest Belgian chocolate. No fooling. You tell me if I’m wrong. Anyway, this year the kosher candy store where I  buy my gelt only had pareve gelt, much to the disappointment of some kids at my Hanukkah party (yes, I refrained from “In my day, we were happy to get any gelt at all” even though I was very tempted.) In previous years I’ve made 4 fruits bark, fondue, and used it as icing, but this year I was feeling particularly woodsy so I was just going to melt it down and make it bark-like with a bit of texture. It is super easy to do and makes a great Tu b’Shevat craft project.

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Game Apps for Your Child to Learn About Ecosystems, Habitats & Biomes

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


By Yonah Kirschner, DigitalJlearning


As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and the natural world, Tu Bishvat provides a great opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. This year, we were inspired by Jewish texts about the natural world. For each text, we’ve taken out a particular topic you can focus on in your classroom and provided educational technology resources that can help your students reach their learning goals. Our hope is that after using these tools and developing a stronger understanding of Earth, your students will have a more meaningful Tu Bishvat.

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We Are Family: Jewish Mizrahi Folktale for Kids

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
from BimBam.com
 

Watch this episode of Shaboom: Plotz Landing as Gabi and Rafael slide into a Jewish folktale and help two brothers learn about love and the appreciation of family. And along the way they learn the words to Hinei Ma Tov, a Jewish song about peace.

Enjoy another similar folktale from PJ Library with “One City, Two Brothers.” 

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The Hardest Part of Being Jewish on Christmas Isn't What You Think

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:00am
by REBECCA GRUBER for PopSugar Family


The hardest part of being Jewish on Christmas has nothing to do with piles of presents under the tree or virtually everything under the sun being closed that day. We have our Christmas traditions, too. On Christmas Eve we pop a big bowl of popcorn and sit down for a family movie marathon of Elf and Home Alone. It continues the next morning with the 24-hour marathon of The Christmas Story followed by a trip to the local movie theater for whatever movie is debuting that day (and there's always a good one!) and concluding with dinner in our favorite Chinese restaurant where the dishes are presented with a flourish that we don't see on a normal Sunday night dinner.

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How to Raise an Upstanding Child

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:00am
By Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg for BimBam.com
 

Raising an Upstander, the Jewish Way
 

What is the Jewish response to bullying? How do we raise our children to up stand up to bullies and ultimately become upstanders in the world? Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg explains a concrete way that you can raise an upstander using your child’s lunchbox.

Rabbi-in-residence for AVODAH, writer and mother of three, Danya shows how taking action to teach your child to positively model the Jewish value of kindness can be game-changing for a family.

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What It’s Like to Suddenly Have a Special Needs Child

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:00am
BY MELISSA COHEN for Kveller


I lost my son yesterday. It was only for 10 minutes, but still. We were at the apple orchard, and I had stopped to take a picture of my youngest daughter by the morning glories. When I looked up from my phone, my son had gone. There were hundreds of people around — kids and carriages and grandparents and stands with kettle corn, pre-picked fruit, and pumpkins. It was chaos, and I had no idea where he was.


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Hanukkah Window Stars From Martha Stewart

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00am
From Martha Stewart Living


This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


These vellum Hanukkah decorations make daytime shine. The small template makes a 5-inch star; the large one forms a 7-inch star.

Continue to Martha's site for directions and templates as well as materials needed.

 

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Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

Beth El is getting a new playground!  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

 

Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays during the school year
@ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects

 

ALIVE!

For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.

Upcoming Events

 

We have a very special service January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his heroic work.

We will be joined by our talented 5th grade class and singer-songwriter, LEA.

Trivia Night

Come for a fast and fun night of trivia, food and comaraderie on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Beth El.  Adults and teens (7th grade and up) can play!  The cost is $35 per person (includes: dinner and participation), BYOB.  Bring cash to buy optional extra chits to help your table become the champion!  Separate, supervised Kids Night Out - $10 per child (6th grade and younger; includes casual dinner, movie & games).  RSVP: by Monday, February 18, Advance Ticket Sales Only. Register here  Questions: Contact Anne Levy, [email protected]  Proceeds will go to the Beth El Playground Fund.

Please sign up for Ushering at Beth El for Friday Night Services ​

This is a great opportunity to see and meet fellow congregants.Please use the link to sign up:

 

Support During Shutdown                         

As the frustrating government shutdown drags on, we extend our sympathies during this anxious time for you and your family. While Beth El Hebrew Congregation is not a direct service provider, we can offer temporary dues relief until the shutdown has ended. We hope this resource list can be an asset during this difficult time and pray for an immediate resolution:

 

What Furloughed Workers Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment Benefits: https://tinyurl.com/yd3v7w29

A Furloughed Federal Employee’s Guide to Filing for Unemployment: https://tinyurl.com/y9qltsjt

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Furlough Guidance: tps://tinyurl.com/y8sg3mum

Alexandria Center for Economic Support: https://tinyurl.com/yd66o7mj

Coordinated Services Fairfax County: https://tinyurl.com/y8f9e4vg

Local Restaurants Offering Free or Discounted Meals and More: https://tinyurl.com/ybmozmt3

 

                  


 

There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

the full calendar