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Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, celebrating the blessings of the past year. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and express gratitude for what we have.

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Hanukkah (light first candle evening Dec 7)

Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days.  We light hanukkiyot (Hanukkah menorahs), spin dreidels, eat latkes, and often celebrate with family and friends.  Explore more about Hanukkah here.  Enjoy JGN’s Hanukkah Discovery Kit. Art by Deborah Zemke

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Hanukkah Celebration with Grandparents and Grandchildren in the US and Israel

Featuring Israeli artist Hanoch Piven Hosted by: The Jewish Agency for Israel, Global Partnership2Gether Network and the Jewish Grandparents Network Join grandparents, grandchildren, and family members in Israel and across North America for a joyful Hanukkah gathering. Welcome by Doron Almog, Chairman, the Jewish Agency....

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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

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+.