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How to Bring Shabbat to Life with Grandchildren

Join us for a fun hands-on workshop with master Jewish educator and theater artist Jonathan Shmidt Chapman who will present a range of activities that use creativity, drama, and play to activate the weekly celebration of Shabbat with children ages 3–8. Grandparents and families will enjoy...

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Finding Ways to Reconnect with Estranged Children and Grandchildren

It is never easy to reopen a connection with estranged children and grandchildren. Grandparents struggle daily to know what to say or write in an email or a text to their children and grandchildren to repair the relationship.   Conscious Communication is the key technique Dr. Sue Cornbluth teaches her...

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How to Communicate in Writing with Grandchildren

Every time grandparents communicate with grandchildren — especially in writing — they teach something about themselves, their values, and their view of the world. Words to grandchildren have the power to soothe and stroke, influence and inspire, and move to action. Aviva Black, founder of...

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Purim is a joyous one-day holiday (begins the evening of Saturday, March 23, 2024) that celebrates Jewish survival. Customs include reading Megillat Esther, dressing up in costume, giving gifts of food, and giving to those in need.

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Why the Jews? Understanding Antisemitism

Recently, grandparents have asked JGN how to understand and address antisemitism with their grandchildren. In this two-part series, grandparents will experience a multimedia introduction to the roots of antisemitism from the development of Christian anti-Judaism to modern antisemitism. We invite you to include your own children and grandchildren ages 15+.

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Passover, first seder

Passover, the Festival of Freedom, begins tonight with the first seder.  Grandparents and families can enjoy a fun-filled and easy-to-follow Passover Discovery Kit available to download from the Jewish Grandparents Network website. This interactive guide is designed especially for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 3–8) to...

Passover, first day

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), one of the most significant and widely celebrated holidays in the Jewish calendar, commemorates the story of the Israelites’ Exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Traditionally, Passover is celebrated for eight days; liberal Jews celebrate for seven.

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How Grandparents Can Play with Infants and Young Grandchildren

It is never too early to start interacting with a baby — in fact, the earlier the better! Research shows us that the earliest years are the most important for brain development and that children learn best through play. Our presenter Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen’s expertise is in...

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Shavuot commemorates the Israelites receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after leaving Egypt. An ancient pilgrimage holiday, Shavuot is also a celebration of the spring harvest. Traditional communities celebrate Shavuot for two days; liberal communities for one day.