Last week we had a rabbi to our house from a synagogue in Forest Hills. We invited other families from around our neighborhood and not only did we have a fun Shabbat hangout, but we got to learn how other families do Shabbat. The rabbi brought along a sheet of songs, and we shared with everyone that we love the book The Shabbat Box by Lesley Simpson. The kids then got to decorate boxes to store their ‘shabbat things’ (or anything else) inside. Ezra and Zoe love this .. and are looking forward to using them tonight. Ezra even took the rabbi’s information on celebrating this ‘day of rest’ to heart, and stayed in his pajamas until 2 last Saturday! Maybe we will do it again.
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Posted in Beautiful Things, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged candles, Jewish kids NYC, Jewish life, kiddush cup, Queens, rabbi, religion, rest, Shabbat, Shabbat Box by Lesley Simpson, synagogue, weekend on April 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Travel, tagged children, city, country walks, cousins, DC, family, first night, hikes, Jewish kids, Jewish life, kids, Maryland, matzo, parenting, passover, seder, snow fall, Washington on March 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Normally Fridays are reserved for Beautiful Things that we find on other blogs – but this Friday we have the most beautiful of all things to share: time with family! We spent a good part of the week traveling further south to DC and MD, hiking in nature, hanging with cousins, having a couple seders and waking to a surprising snow fall. Other than some relatives being displaced by a fire at their hotel – the weekend was pleasantly crazy with family fun.
Posted in Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged active kids, bagels, city kids, food, hamentashen, history, immigrant, Jewish cuisine, Jewish History, Jewish kids, Jewish life, LES, lower east side, lox, Russ and Daughters on March 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Of course while in the Lower East Side of Manhattan one cannot help but stop in to Russ and Daughters – another fixture in the neighborhood since the early 1900s. I have memories of walking a few blocks with friends to get to some lox and schmear on weekends when I lived nearby in the LES – but I had no idea that even Martha Stewart had by now become such a big fan. You gotta love their website page of Lower East Side history and Yiddishisms (see it here.)
Posted in Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged cooking, history, Jewish History, Jewish kids, Jewish life, kids, lower east side, matzo, NYC, passover, Pesach, Streit's on March 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
An advantage to living in NYC is being near its rich Jewish culture and neighborhoods full of Jewish history. A place like Streit’s Matzo Factory has been around for so long (since 1925) they seem happy to accommodate constant requests to see the inside of the same 4 adjoining buildings on Rivington Street that has been their factory for decades. Now they even throw a Passover Palooza for kids that ends with tours of the famous matzo making facilities. Mama Doni was performing live in the area that is normally filled with boxes of outgoing matzo shipments. We got a free CD, a dance party, warm matzo ‘hot off the presses’ and at the end we went to the Streit’s store to stock up on matzo (for next week) of course!
Posted in Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Kid style, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged costume, hamantashen, Jewish life, kids, kings, noise makers, party, princess, Purim, Queens, shark costume on February 25, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Found Things, Jewish Life, Parenting, Travel, tagged beautiful things, birds, chickpea soup, children, cooking, cup of jo, december, DIY, fashion, favorite things, gingerbread house, holiday, italy, Jewish, joanne goddarnd, kids, line up, love taza, make earrings, nests, parenting, photography, reblog, Seinfelds, stella mccartney, Taza and husband on January 11, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Happy Friday. Here are a few beautiful things we found this and last week – enjoy!
–I love the way the Seinfelds celebrate December.
–Nothing is more redeeming than seeing college-age kids dress the way I did when I was in college – (and if you know me, you’ll know why I love a post on strong brows).
–Cup of Jo’s great news and stylish pregnant attire.
–Our talented Jackson Heights neighbor Samarra really knows how to cut a snowflake!
–Have you seen the northern lights?
–I love the colors in Stella McCartney’s new line, and the coat proportions are hilarious. You get the impression that the models think so too.
–In an ideal world my family photos would be impromptu and black and white, like these beauties.
–Birds as architects.