Hanuka resources

Hanuka (Hanukkah / Chanukkah) is only a few days away! In 2014, it begins the night of Dec 16th. Are you ready? Here’s a Hanuka checklist with things you’ll need. Each of the major Jewish websites has its own big Hanuka page with their own links. My favorite is Chabad‘s, because it has quite literally […]


Timers closer

Timing everything (project)

I’ve been gone for a while, and I keep thinking of fantastic and involved posts…and not writing them. So I’m going to ease back in with some of the things that we’ve done lately. Do you ever give your kids a count that is actually completely inaccurate? I mean saying, “5 more minutes” and then […]


The Shabbat project: October 24-25

6 Continents, 35 Countries, 340 Cities, 1 Shabbat – this week!   From LA to London, Melbourne to Moscow, Bondi to Brooklyn, Jerusalem to Johannesburg, Toronto to Tokyo… in every corner of the globe, people are joining the biggest global Jewish unity event the world has ever seen. The Shabbat Project: Now in 340 cities […]


Sukkot – links, resources, and menu ideas (oh my!)

I hope everyone had an easy and meaningful fast! Now that we’re ended Yom Kippur, we are ready to jump right back into more mitzvot. It’s time to get ready for Sukkot! Sukkot is a harvest festival where we live (eat, some sleep) in booths – flimsy, temporary dwellings with a roof where you can […]


Yom Kippur links and ideas

Yom Kippur is October 3-4, 2014 – that’s tonight! Here are some of the lists, tips, and tricks to help you make the best of it.   First, let’s talk food. There are some traditional foods for Erev Yom Kippur, like kreplach and round challah with honey. Here is a link to our menus for […]


Rosh Hashana links for you

Rosh Hashanah starts this Wednesday night (2014). It’s going to be a 3-day holiday everywhere, with the regular 2 days of Rosh Hashanah leading right into Shabbat. Here are some links to help you get organized and plan: Planning for a 3 day Yom Tov Rosh Hashanah checklist Rosh Hashanah mitzva chart for kids Rosh […]


Rosh Hashana menu (2014 / 5775) 3

I’ve started planning my menu for this year’s Rosh Hashana 3-day holiday (yep, more 3-day holidays this year). Here’s what I’ve got so far: Wednesday night for 6 people (meat) Simanim: Apples (Served as is, three colors) Honey (Served as is) Dates (Served as is) Banana (Served as is) Leek (simanim soup) Swiss Chard (sautéed […]


Rosh Hashana planning – 2 weeks out (simanim)

Time to get thinking about Rosh Hashanah more seriously. I have done most of the things on my early prep list. Now it’s time to menu plan! On Rosh Hashanah, we have different minhagim about what foods we eat to make a yehi ratzon (May it be Your will…) on, or simanim. The wishes range from destroying […]


Rosh Hashana shopping resources

It’s Elul, the month before we celebrate all month long (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot). While there is certainly a lot of spiritual prep to do, I’ll leave that to others (some good starting points are: Chabad’s Elul page and Aish’s spirituality page). There is a lot that needs to be done to prepare our […]


Early prep for Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana is just a little more than two weeks away – already! Here is what I’ve done or am planning to do so far this week: order seats for shul pay shul dues (ours have always been due about now for the different shuls we’ve belonged to in our travels) order lulav and etrog […]