Creating Covenant Mandala

Perfect for Kids Creating Covenant Mandala Gratitude is frequently rooted in relationships and grows from mutual obligation and commitment. Jewish tradition emphasizes the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai as the moment of creating a meaningful, significant and long-lasting covenant between G-d and the Jewish people. Many of the mitzvot of the Torah are […]

The Building Blocks of Strength

Perfect for Kids The Building Blocks of Strength What gives us strength when we are weary? What are the elements from which we can draw the energy to help us endure when we are feeling weak? Our bodies get strength from food and sleep; our souls get strength from inspiration, trust, and faith. There are […]

Create Gratitude ID Cards

Perfect for Kids Create Gratitude ID Cards In this activity, we will give thanks to ourselves, by discovering the pieces inside of us that we are grateful for.  This is a private journaling activity. It does not need to be shared, but rather is an opportunity to “take stock” and recognize the good within us.  […]

The Soul of Every Living Being Sings Praise: A Coloring Meditation

Perfect for Kids The Soul of Every Living Being Sings Praise: A Coloring Meditation The Shabbat morning liturgy includes the Nishmat prayer, which describes how every living soul and being sings the praises of G-d. Not only are we, the human creations, in awe of creation, but creation itself gives gratitude and thanks.  And yet, […]

Noticing the Unnoticed: Magnifying Glass Activity Booklet

Perfect for Kids Noticing the Unnoticed: Magnifying Glass Activity Booklet This activity will help us uncover and notice things around us, therefore enabling us to express gratitude towards them. Instructions 1. Download the file and print the page on your printer2. Follow these instructions to fold it into a small booklet. You will need a […]

Genesis of Gratitude Meditation

Perfect for Kids Genesis of Gratitude Meditation How can you stop and notice what is beyond you and your home?What is right outside your window? Explore your surroundings more deeply, using the following guided meditation.  An adult could do this on their own, or walk along with a child and read this document out loud. […]

See Nature Anew

Perfect for Kids See Nature Anew Every culture has its own language for gratitude. In Judaism, one way we express gratitude is by saying a prayer first thing in the morning:  מוֹדֶה / מוֹדָה אֲנִי לְפָנֶֽיךָ מֶֽלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּים. שֶׁהֶֽחֱזַֽרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי ,בְּחֶמְלָה Modeh/ Modah ani lefanekha melekh chai vekayam shehecḥezarta bi nishmahti b’cḥemlah, translated […]

Footsteps of Gratitude: What Got Me Where I Am

Perfect for Kids Footsteps of Gratitude: What Got Me Where I Am? None of us have gotten to where we are on our own. There were significant people, places, events, miracles, moments of hard work, or divine intervention which may have shaped our paths.  In this activity, we invite you to visually track the steps […]

Our Race & Our Stories

Perfect for Kids Our Race & Our Stories Thinking about where and with whom we belong provides us with an opportunity to explore the story of how we came to be who we are, and how our story intersects with others’.  In reflecting on his book, Let’s Talk About Race, Julius Lester shares, “I am […]

Light a Candle in Memory

Perfect for Kids Light a Candle in Memory  “נֵר ה’ נִשְׁמַת אָדָם” -משלי כ׳:כ״ז “The soul (spirit) of the human is the candle of God” -Proverbs 20:27 Based on the verse above, there’s a Jewish tradition to light a candle in memory of someone who has passed away. Traditionally, this is done on the yahrzeit […]