Jewish in the Summertime
The school year might be finished, but does that mean that Jewish learning and experiences are also over? NO! So what can you do during the summer? Here are some fun and easy ideas:
- On Friday call some friends or family members and wish them Shabbat Shalom.
- On Saturday night, go outside with your family shortly after sunset. Look for 3 stars. When you see them, Shabbat is officially over. Wish your family a Shavuah Tov (a good week). If you want to make Havdalah check this out: Havdalah Under the Stars with a Bang! This is a beautiful and quick service to end Shabbat. This sight has an interesting twist!
- Get together with some of your Religious School friends
- Ask everyone in your family to share the best thing that happened to them this week (this is fun to do on Shabbat).
- Lead your family in the Shabbat blessings for the candles, wine and challah.
- Go to Shabbat services with your family.
- Go on a nature hike and think about God’s creations.
- Make an Israeli breakfast – tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, cheese, juice, hard boiled eggs and pita bread.
- Practice reading Hebrew! (It will make coming back in the fall a lot easier.)
- Legos – create Jewish ritual objects (Kiddush cup, candlesticks etc.) or even a scene from the Bible out of Legos
- Play Ball! Two good documentaries about Jews in baseball: “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” (made in 1998) is the story of Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg and is told through archival film footage and interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish fans, his former teammates, his friends, and his family. As a great first baseman with the Detroit Tigers, Greenberg endured anti-Semitism and became a hero and source of inspiration throughout the Jewish community, not incidentally leading the Tigers to Major League dominance in the 1930s. “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” celebrates the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. (made in 2010). Both movies are available through the public library system.
- Cook – Do some fun Jewish cooking. Try Mark Stark’s Amazing Jewish Cookbook for the Entire Family or The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen by Joan Nathan. Chocolate Chip Challah: An Interactive Family Cookbook by Lisa Rauchwerger.
- Games – Apples to Apples Jewish Junior Edition, Taboo – Jewish edition
- Create a family mitzvah project – help a neighbor, put aside canned goods and drop them off at the temple or a food bank
- Have family movie night with a Jewish theme – Fiddler on the Roof, The Prince of Egypt, An American Tail, The Frisco Kid
Have fun this summer! See you in September.