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How to Make a Family Portrait with Hanoch Piven

The remarkable Israeli artist, Hanoch Piven, guides you and your family to create family portraits from objects found in and around your house: bottle tops, buttons, stickers, old small toys, combs, hairpins, feathers, old computer parts, leaves, branches, and pebbles from the garden. There are…

Jewish Family Journey Mad Libs

From the wise men of Chelm to the marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Jewish people have always been able to reflect on the Jewish experience with laughter. We are pleased to present these Jewish Family Journey Mad Libs as a way for grandparents and family members…

Create Your Own Family Cookbook

Looking to make a family cookbook?  Click HERE. A bit about our own family background: Bubbie Ida Paperny, Ron’s maternal grandmother, lived in the kitchen. Seriously. She also loved in the kitchen. She loved when her four daughters helped her cook up a huge family…

A Palace in Time

How can we make the Sabbath a “palace in time” for our families?  Filmmaker and author Tiffany Shlain has a proposal.  Watch her video HERE. Look for “Ep.1 Technology Shabbat” “Sabbath has a flavor of Paradise about it.” Talmud, Berakhot “The seventh day is like…

Tell Family Stories Your Way!

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” —  J.K. Rowling Sharing your family stories links past generations with future ones. Here are four options to record and save your family stories.   1. Pop-up Stories: The Jewish Grandparents Network invites…

Tips for Telling Great Family Stories

We all have wonderful and meaningful family stories to tell. Susan Stone, a gifted professional storyteller, shares her secrets for bringing family stories to life. We learn from the research of Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush that knowing family stories enhances children’s emotional well-being. Watch…

Zayde’s Hugs and Bubbie’s Cookies

In this brief video, Ron Wolfson, renowned author, Jewish educator, and member of the Jewish Grandparents Network Board of Directors, shares memories of his Zayde and Bubbie. Ron’s charming family stories can be found in his lovely book, The Best Boy in the United States…

Tastiest July 4th Recipes

Juicy burgers and summery lemon pasta salad. Ice-cream floats and homemade raspberry syrup. And, to top it all, dark chocolate cherry Mandelbrot for dessert. Prepare the yummiest July 4th meal with these simple family recipes courtesy of the cooking and lifestyle blogger and food historian…

Plant-able Paper Making & Seed Balls

Let’s help children understand how nature provides the tools they use every day—in this case, paper. In this friendly video, Elan Margulies, the gifted Director of Pushing the Envelope Farm, guides family members in making colorful hand-made paper from recycled paper and natural materials. Bonus:…

3 Cool Ways to Explore Nature Together

Mindfulness is about being fully present, fully awake to where we are and what we are doing. If we can model mindfulness for our grandchildren in our encounters with nature, we will have given them the gift of a lifetime.   Nature Walk No matter…

Reading Nooks

Any activity that strengthens the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren instills the Jewish value of chaveirut. Through our interactions, we teach our grandchildren how to interact with others, be kind (chesed), share, take turns, and have fun together. Reading together is a wonderful way to…

100 Best Jewish Children’s Books…And How to Read Them to Children

There is great joy in reading to our grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other young family members. But what books should we choose? And how can we make the reading experience more enjoyable and meaningful for both the listener and the reader? The Jewish Grandparents Network…

Reading with Your Grandchildren

Do you remember reading to your children? When you were a child, do you remember an adult reading to you? Probably you do. Cozying up with a good book and sharing that experience with someone you love is a feeling we long remember. But reading…

Celebrating our Natural Wonders

The Torah teaches, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the…

Memorial Day: Living the Values

Observing Memorial Day with your grandchildren can be both meaningful and fun. Memorial Day Mitzvah Zikaron—“remembrance”— is an important part of our Jewish tradition. We remember the miracle of the oil when we celebrate Hannukah. On Passover, we remember we were slaves in Egypt and…

Sing and Dance-Along Music from the Jewish Museum

Enjoy a diverse range of music on the Museum’s YouTube channel inspired by Jewish holidays, nature, works of art, social justice, and more. Gather instruments at home—from a box of macaroni to a tambourine—and dance and sing together. While listening to the performances, have paper…

Spring into Creativity with the Jewish Museum

Get creative together! With your grandchild, choose your own adventure from the art activities below and try them together in person or virtually. Take your materials outside on a warmer day and create an outdoor studio. Examine striking paintings, sculpture, Judaica, and media in the…

Puppet It Up

Save those holey old socks—they’re great for making simple puppets; old gloves and mittens will also work. It doesn’t matter whether the eyes are symmetrical or the nose is missing. You can make the puppets ahead of time or make them with your grandchild. Decorate…

Miriam’s Dance Party

Art plays an important role in Judaism. Artisans are mentioned in the Torah in relation to making beautiful textiles and ritual objects of precious stones and metals for the Tabernacle and Temple. Today, intricate silver ritual items, such as kiddush cups, Shabbat candlesticks, and hanukkiyot…

Jewish Folk Art: Micrography

Micrography, a Jewish art form using tiny written words to make decorative pictures, is hundreds of years old. A really skilled micrography artist might write the entire biblical book of Jonah in the shape of a whale or the book of Esther in the shape…

Why Sharing Family Stories is Good for Your Grandchildren

“And you shall tell your child…”                      —Exodus 13:8 There is a compelling reason to share our family stories. In the 1990s, Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush, psychologists at Emory University, sought to test the hypothesis…

Cooking with Your Grandchildren

Cut strawberries with your grandchild and they are likely to alternate between placing one in the bowl and one in their mouth. Crack an egg together and you’ll probably get shell in the batter. Hand your grandchild a whisk and together try to keep the…

The Meaning Of Celebrations And Holidays in Our Lives

Celebrations and holidays mark our lives with flashing indicators: These are the big ideas that matter to us, these are the people with whom we want to explore and experience them, and these are the rituals we use to give them meaning. When we put…

The Art and Culture of Family Connection

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, noted early-childhood educator and author, said, “Art has the role in education of helping children become themselves instead of more like everyone else.” As Jewish arts professionals, and as grandparents and parents, we see firsthand the limitless potential of art to illuminate…

“What’s the Question?” Tips for a great conversation

StoryCorps teaches us what makes a good conversation: start by asking great questions. Record your conversation with your loved ones with the StoryCorps app. Find it on the App Store and Google Play Store. StoryCorps asking great questions

Stronger, More Resilient Children Through Family Stories

How can grandparents and parents help our children weather life’s inevitable setbacks? It turns out that the single most important thing you can do may be the simplest of all: share your family stories. Listen to this brief audio recording of Dr. Marshall Duke discussing…

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