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Monthly Archives: March 2021

  1. Not Commemorating Yom HaShoah in Person? Here's a Remote-Friendly Alternative

    Not Commemorating Yom HaShoah in Person? Here's a Remote-Friendly Alternative

    Yom HaShoah is a moment to commemorate a dark time in our history, and this one has an urgency to it. With fewer living witnesses able to tell their stories firsthand, we need a new way to fulfill the responsibility that Holocaust survivors have entrusted to us - to remember, to tell the story, and to act.

    And this year, we may also need ways to do so remotely. 

    Light from the Darkness: A Ritual for Holocaust

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  2. Tips for Engaging Remote Seder Participants

    Tips for Engaging Remote Seder Participants

    Once again, many of us will be celebrating Passover differently.  

    Here are some tips for actively engaging remote participants:

    • Decide on a seder leader. Even when you're not all together in person, a seder still needs a leader or team to facilitate. Figure this out in advance. Assign roles to make sure that participants in all locations are included. Plan out who will do which reading roles. Make sure each reader is visible to those who are not in the same location. Try to ensure that your camera shows most of the seder items. Hold things up to the camera as you use them.
    • Will everyone use the same haggadah? Some families prefer that all participants read from the same book, while others enjoy mixing it up. There are pros and cons to both. If you're all using the same haggadah, make sure each participant
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  3. Year-End Teacher Gifts to Show Appreciation

    Teachers have stepped up in a big way this year. 

    How will you show gratitude to your teachers as the year comes to a close? Even in a virtual world, it's nice to get something real.

    Here are some ideas for gifts and awards.

    Appreciation Certificates 

    Everyone loves to be acknowledged for good work. We offer certificates of recognition, service, and teaching. 

    (AND, coming July 1: a gender-neutral b-mitzvah certificate. Have them ready in time for the 2021-22 school year.) 

     

    Gift Cards

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  4. Screen-Free, Playful Hebrew Practice for Home or Class Fun

    Screen-Free, Playful Hebrew Practice for Home or Class Fun

    Card games are time-tested sources of fun for both children and adults. They are also full of both social and academic benefits - AND get kids off screens. 

    When used to supplement learning, card games engage both family members and other students in the learning process, making for a collaborative experience. 

    Hooked on Hebrew is a new series of card games for practicing Hebrew alphabet and prayers - whether in school or at home or over the summer. Golem program members just received a set this month. 

    The cards are designed for ages 8 and up, and are also well suited for intergenerational activity. Play up to 15 different games with each deck. (Cards were developed by Strong Learning and are available in three different packs.) 

    The more fun you're having, the more you practice. And the more you practice, the more

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  5. Celebrating Passover from Afar- Again? We've Got Tips for Engaging Remote Seder Participants

    Once again, many of us will be celebrating Passover differently.  

    Here are some tips for actively engaging remote participants: 

    • Decide on a seder leader. Even when you're not all together in person, a seder still needs a leader or team to facilitate. Figure this out in advance. Assign roles to make sure that participants in all locations are included. Plan out who will do which reading roles. Make sure each reader is visible to those who are not in the same location. Try to ensure that your camera shows most of the seder items. Hold things up to
      the camera as you use them.
    • Will everyone use the same haggadah? Some families prefer that all participants read from the same book, while others enjoy mixing it up. There are pros and cons to both. If you're all using the same haggadah, make sure each participant
    Read more »
  6. A New Way to Commemorate the Holocaust - Even Remotely

    A New Way to Commemorate the Holocaust - Even Remotely

    Light from the Darkness is a powerful new 45-minute, seder-like experience for Holocaust commemoration.

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  7. Share Stories of Strong Women on International Women's Day

    This year's theme is "Choose To Challenge." These four stories feature brave women who chose to carve their own paths in the face of resistance.

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  8. Everything You Need to Help You Plan for Next Year

    Everything You Need to Help You Plan for Next Year

    We offer a variety of resources to help you navigate the process.

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