Putting Down Roots on Tu B'Shevat

“Putting down roots” can mean one of two things, depending on whether you are a plant or a person: to take nourishment from the soil through roots, or to settle down in a particular place...
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The Abba Tree: A Brief Tree Guide

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Yiddish: Not just a once-upon-a-time language

For the children and grandchildren of Central and Eastern European Jews, Yiddish is the once-upon-a-time language of the ancestors that gives expression to centuries of culture and history. Life for Jews in Central and Eastern Europe
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What Will Your Soundtrack Be This Winter?

A musician can play a song from memory, but they likely could not recite the notes of the same song. When a musician knows a song by heart the body and breath remember instinctively what to do.   Today we know that
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Top 5 Kar-Ben Recipes for Hanukkah!

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A Victory is That Much Sweeter When it Belongs to The Underdog

Hanukkah is the fun Jewish holiday. Most of us associate Hanukkah with deep-fried foods like potato latkes and sufganiyot, parties with friends and family, playing dreidel and opening gifts. These are traditions whose origins, interestingly,
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An Iron Lady from Humble Origins: A Lesson in Courage

In 1898 Goldie Mabovitch was born in Kiev, Ukraine. One of Goldie’s first childhood memories was watching her father board up their home in fear that a pogrom would soon be on their doorstep. It is hard to imagine such an experience through the
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Behind the Scenes: Beni's War

Tammar Stein is back with the sequel to The Six-Day Hero, Beni's War . This novel follows the journey of Beni, as he learns friendship, bravery, and trust all the while the Yom Kippur War has begun. We interviewed Tammar Stein and went behind the scenes to find out the inspiration behind the novel, personal story attachments, and other interesting facts about this Kirkus Starred Review novel.
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#OneKindAct: Rosie Saves the World - Who Are You For?

The Jewish concept of tikkun olam means “to repair the world.” Not only are there many struggles, there are numerous ways a person can help each one. That is a massive undertaking. Where does one even begin? War, oppression, climate
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Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Trees!

Holly Sterling is the illustrator behind Kar-Ben's latest Tu B'Shevat board book, Happy Birthday, Trees!. We had a conversation with her about the inspiration and the process she took to create the illustrations found in this cute story. 
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