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Abby Gilad

  • Hey Kids!

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Bless the Children

    Simchat Torah, the holiday called "Rejoicing in the Torah," falls on Oct. 26. We finish the cycle of reading the Torah and begin again. In Orthodox synagogues, the whole Torah (that is, the Five Books of Moses) has been read -- word for word. In many other...

  • Kids Page

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hey Kids! The Help Goes On

    Los Angeles Jewish schools continue with their efforts to help the hurricane victims. The students from Temple Emanuel donated money, wrote letters, drew pictures and collected shoes for the victims.

    This Sukkot, which begins at sundown, Monday, Oct. 17,...

  • The Year Ahead

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    We have had a sad ending to 5765 -- devastating hurricanes and a continuing war in Iraq. Here is a blessing for the New Year, 5766: May we all experience an end to war and a new beginning for the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and all those who have suffered. And...

  • Kids Page

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Reason to Obey

    This Shabbat we read the portion of Ki Tavo. In it, Moses tells the Israelites that if they obey all the commandments, they will be blessed with good food, good weather and a good life. But if they disobey the commandments, they will be cursed with misfortune.

    I do...

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  • Kids Page

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Fields, 8, of Thousand Oaks, won the "My Amazing Summer" essay contest.

    He wins a gift certificate to the store of his choice.

    I went to Yellowstone National Park two days after school ended. It took two days to drive all the way to Yellowstone. We drove through beautiful...

  • Kids Page

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back to the Beach

    Just because we're back in school doesn't mean we can't think about the beach. If you want to go into the new Jewish year with another mitzvah under our belt, here is a fun opportunity:

    Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 17

    Help clean the Coastal Park area at Cabrillo Beach...

  • Kids Page

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Workers of the World, Relax

    Labor Day is Sept. 5. We think of all the people who work hard to feed their families. Jews have always been very involved in helping those who are in need. They have established labor unions; they have fought for fair wages; they have led movements to...

  • Kids Page

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Catch a Wave

    There's nothing better than spending a hot summer day at the beach. Sink your toes in that golden sand and surf those blue waves.

    So, what are you waiting for? Let's hit the beach!

    Sea That?

    What will you find at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium?

    The following words...

  • Kids Page

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Summer Fast

    In the middle of summer, when it is the hottest, we are told that we cannot eat or drink for one whole day. It was on the ninth of Av that the Romans burned Jerusalem and destroyed our Temple. Tisha B'Av (the ninth of Av) falls this year on Sunday, Aug. 14. The fast...

  • Kids Page

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Monthly Madness

    Answer these questions for a chance to win a summer ice cream treat:

    1. The name of the Jewish month that begins this Saturday is:

    a. Av

    b. Tammuz

    c. Java

    2. What special Jewish day occurs in this month?

    a. Purim

    b. Israel Independence Day

    c. The fast of Tisha...

  • KIDS PAGE

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Schmooze About Tammuz

    We have now entered the period Jews call "The Three Weeks." These are the weeks between two fast days: one is the 17th of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem were breached) and the other is Tisha B'av, the ninth of Av, the day the Romans destroyed our...

  • Kids Page

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Sad Time

    This year, the 17th of Tammuz falls on Sunday, July 24. This is a fast day -- no eating, no drinking. Why? Because on this day, thousands of years ago, the Romans breached the wall of Jerusalem. Three weeks later, the Temple was destroyed.

    History Lesson

    The 17th of...

  • Kids Page

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Share the Fun

    Have you been having fun this summer?

    Our rabbis say that we should give up to 10 percent of what we own to tzedakah (charity) every year.

    What percentage of your fun can you give to another person?

    Dr. Doolittle I Presume?

    In this week's Torah portion Balak, the...

  • Kids Page

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Day by Day

    Even though it's summer, you can still learn a thing or two. The first thing you need to know about the Jewish calendar is that it is a lunar calendar -- following the phases of the moon. That means that each month has 29 or 30 days in it. The solar calendar (that's the...

  • Kids Page

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Let Freedom Ring

    July 4, which is this Monday, means barbecues, parades, beaches and fireworks. And why do we do all this? Because the United States of America was "born" on this date in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The 13 colonies became an independent...

  • Kids Page

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Puzzle Place

    Life is a puzzle, don't you think? It's just not always that easy to put all the pieces together in order to see the big picture. But the more we practice, the better we get at it. So, here are a bunch of fun puzzles to get your juices going!

    Torah Challenge

    Can you...

  • Kids Page

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Yard Signs Card

    These are made from yard sign sticks, which you can buy at a garden store. Create and place these signs on the lawn so your dad can read them as he drives up to the house.

    What You Need

    * Lawn care signs/sticks

    * Poster board

    * Hole punch

    * Scissors

    * Pencil or...

  • Kids Page

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Dairy Queen

    Do you like ice cream? Cheesecake? Blintzes?

    Well, Shavuot is the holiday for you. That's when the dairy queen grants us our wish: to eat all the sweetest, milkiest foods we want. The rabbis tell us one reason for this custom: The Jews did not eat kosher meat until...

  • Yeladim

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Oh Jerusalem

    On June 6, or Iyar 28, we will celebrate Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in honor of the day Jerusalem was reunified during the Six-Day War in 1967.

    An Original Word

    Etymology – this means "the origin of a word," or where the word came from. For instance: the word...

  • Kids Page

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Count the Days

    On Friday, May 27, we will celebrate Lag B'Omer. We remember the students of Rabbi Akiva who used to hide from the Romans in the forest and secretly studied Torah. If Roman soldiers came along, they would whip out their bows and arrows and act as if they were hunting....

  • Yeladim

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Vatch Out! It's Zee Count !

    Passover eez my favorite time of zee year, because I get to start counting. Do you know vat it eez that I vant to count? Here is a teeny veeny hint: 5, 12, 30, 51 – These numbers correspond to letters in this paragraph. Start counting!

    Riddle Me This

    ...
  • Kids Page

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Is 57!

    Normally Israel's birthday is celebrated on the 5th of Iyar, but since it falls on Shabbat this year, the celebration day was moved to the 3rd of Iyar (Thursday, May 12).

    In Los Angeles, our Israel Festival is on May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys.

     

    Israel Is...

    I...

  • Yeladim

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Art From the Heart

    Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, fell this year on Thursday, May 5. Did your school honor the day? Quartz Hill High School, in the Antelope Valley, honors the Holocaust every year by putting on a competition for the best creative work.

    Train of Thought

    ...
  • Kids Page

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    How are the following missing words related to the plague of frogs?

    On the holiday of ____________, we celebrate the season of ____________. On this holiday, we eat matzah to remind us of the Israelites’ bread that did not have time to ____________.
    This year, it came a bit later...

  • Yeladim

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Say It Again

    How many times can you say "Passover" during the seder? For instance: "Pass over the salt." "Please pass over a soup spoon." Keep count and decide what the winner gets for a prize!

    White Chocolate Almond Matzah

    1 cup butter

    1 cup sugar

    4 to 6 square matzahs

    1 (12...

  • Yeladim

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Good Deed Indeed

    Earth Day is about healing all creatures on the Earth. Here is a chance for you to do a good deed by entering The Good Deed Contest.

    Here's what you will do:

    1. Do a good deed (an amazing one!)
    2. Write an essay, telling what you did, what motivated you and what...

  • Yeladim

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Inch by Inch, Row by Row!

    This week's Torah portion, Tazria, means: "If a woman gives birth," but it can also mean "plant." And so, being the beginning of spring, that is exactly what it is time to do!

    Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah – One Mitzvah Creates Another

    It's time to plant...

  • Yeladim

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Ugly Bug Ball

    In Parshat Shemini, we learn which animals are kosher. A young friend of mine asked: Why did God create both kosher and non-kosher animals? The sages of the Talmud ask the same question. They said there is something we can learn from every animal – kosher or...

  • Yeladim

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    We read the story of Queen Esther, Megillat Esther, twice – on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Let's see if you know the story.

    Put the parts in the right order.

    __Mordechai tells Esther Haman's plan.

    __Mordechai will not bow to Haman. Haman decides to kill all the Jews on...

  • Yeladim

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Days of Smiles, Days of Tears

    We know that Adar is a month of great joy. But there is one day, the 7th of Adar, which falls this year on March 18, when we take a small break from joy. On this day, Moses was born; he died on this day exactly 120 years later, but his burial...
  • Yeladim

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In My Neighborhood

    Last week we talked about being part of the Jewish community. This week you will find some kids who are doing it already. You will also find a great opportunity to participate yourself.

    Calling All Young Artists

    Nefesh B'Nefesh (www.nbn.org.il), the...

  • Yeladim

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Building Community

    This week's Torah portion, Vayakhel (meaning "and he gathered"), is about the community of Israelites building the Mishkan. Think about the communities you belong to: your school, your neighborhood and your synagogue. How can you be a bigger part of your...

  • Yeladim

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fire of Money

    In Parshat Ki Tisa, each Israelite is instructed to give a half-shekel to the "temple fund" every year. There is a midrash – a story told by rabbis to teach a lesson – about this portion. Rabbis say that God took a fiery coin from under His heavenly throne,...

  • Yeladim

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Presidents Day is on Feb. 21. And in this week's Torah portion, Tetzaveh, it describes what would be a tipe of presidential inauguration for Aaron and his sons as the high priests of Israel.

    Presidential Puzzlement

    Answer this quiz correctly for a presidential prize!

    1) Which...

  • Yeladim

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Forefathers of freedom

    "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." – Abraham Lincoln

    What did Moses and Abraham Lincoln have in common? The answer is: They both helped to abolish slavery. Lincoln set in motion the idea of a...

  • The Nation and The World

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Does your mother ever tell you to clean up your room or put your socks in the laundry? And when you ask her why you have to do it, does she say: "Because I said so"? In Parshat Mishpatim we are taught a very important lesson – a lesson we might not always like to hear.

    After...

  • Yeladim

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This week's portion is named for Moses' father-in-law, Yitro. Moses is exhausted because he spends the whole day talking to anyone who needs counseling or judgment. Yitro, who is visiting him, says: "You'll kill yourself if you keep up at this pace. Get some people to help...
  • Yeladim

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    SHINanigans!

    The letter shin is a big one this week: It is Shabbat Shira (vrha) – the Shabbat of Song, it is the month of Shevat (,ca) and it is the portion of B'Shalach. The Israelites cross the Sea of Reeds in this portion and, in an outpouring of gratitude, they sing a song,...

  • Yeladim

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fight for Freedom

    In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...

  • Yeladim

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I Have a Lesson For You

    Happy New Year!

    It is back to school and back to lessons. In this week's parshah, Pharaoh learns a few lessons, too – seven, to be exact.

    But, Pharaoh is a slow learner – and it will take three more lessons (in next week's portion) to make him finally...

  • Yeladim

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    This week, we start a new year – and a new book. Shemot (Exodus) is the second book of the Torah. The Israelites are in the deepest winter of their lives – a dark slavery. In this book, we will read about their move toward freedom, rebirth and spring.

    Congratulations!

    So many...

  • Yeladim

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    This month, Tevet is the darkest month because the days are shortest. And, in this month, a siege began on Jerusalem, which eventually led to the destruction of the Temple. That is why we had a fast day on the 10th of Tevet (Dec. 22).

    But here's an interesting fact about Tevet and...

  • Yeladim

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We know that Chanukah is all about the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days, right? Well, we have a new miracle driving around our streets. And, just like the little bit of oil that kept on going, these electric/hybrid cars use much less gas than a regular car. Now...

  • Yeladim

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    At the Jewish Children's Bookfest at Mount Sinai on Nov. 14, children were given a journal and asked the following question:

    "What does being Jewish in America mean to me?"

    Here is our first response, by Caleigh Gumbiner, a fourth-grader at Balboa Magnet in Northridge: "To me,...

  • Yeladim

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Goodbye, Jacob, Goodbye

    Parshat Vayetze opens with Jacob leaving Be'er Sheva. Everyone feels his absence.

    Is there someone who used to live in your neighborhood or went to your school but moved away? How did you feel when they left? Was that person someone who did nice things?

    What...

  • Yeladim

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Toldot, Jacob and Esau are born. Even though they are twins, they are opposites: Jacob is the quiet, studious type, while Esau is a hunter who loves to be out in the world. The world used to think of Jews as being just quiet and studious, but when Israel became a state the...

  • Yeladim

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    TAKE A LOOK, IT'S IN A BOOK
    On Sunday, Nov. 14,
    come to the second annual
    Jewish Children's Bookfest
    from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
    at the Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park
    (6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley,
    exit the 118 West at Yosemite).
    Children and their...
  • Yeladim

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Parshat Vayera, God does a math trick with names: He takes the letter yud (h)out of sarai's name. Then he divides it equally. Look at the chart below to discover how much the letter yud is worth in gematria. Now, what two letters does God come up with and where does...
  • Yeladim

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Let's Work

    In this week's portion, Lech Lecha, we learn about a fight between the shepherds of Abraham and his nephew, Lot. There was plenty of space for everyone, but they weren't getting along so it seemed too crowded. Our rabbis teach us that when two people get along, they can...

  • Smarty Pants

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Albert Einstein was a very smart man -- probably one of smartest people of all time. In 1905, when he was 26, he had a "miracle year," in which he proved the existence and sizes of molecules, explained light as both particles and waves and created the Special Theory of Relativity....

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