Celebrate Purim! Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Celebrate Purim with Purim Candy Torahs

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Celebrate Purim

Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

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The holiday of Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish people over the evil Haman. On the day preceding Purim there is a fast called “The Fast Of Esther”. On Purim itself, the Megillah (Book Of Esther) is read twice, once at night and once during the day. Jews celebrate Purim by giving charity, sending Shalach Manot (gifts of prepared food) and holding a festive meal.

We love this oldie but goodie via 2011! The Maccabeats – Purim Song (Thank you Kosher on a Budget for sparking this memory!)

Celebrating Purim – An overview

The holiday of Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar (February-March). It commemorates the foiling of a plot by a Persian minister (Haman) to kill all the Jews in Persia. Purim is observed by Jews around the world. Characterized by feasting and merriment, Purim is typically celebrated in the company of family and friends in a synagogue. Continue Reading →

Everything Passover Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Everything Passover Planning Ideas Supplies

Everything Passover Planning Ideas Supplies >> Passover Card

Everything Passover Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Passover 2020 begins at sunset on Wednesday April 8th and is celebrated through sunset Thursday April 16th . Whether you are hosting a small intimate seder or organizing a community-wide seder, there is still time to order your Passover supplies and all the little extras that will make your Pesach celebration even more memorable than usual.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post >> The latest Adele/Beiber Passover Mashup is a must watch!  #toofunny

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Apples and Honey Host{ess} Gifts for the Jewish New Year

Apples and Honey Gifts for the Jewish High Holidays

Wishing all a Good and Sweet New Year! >> Apples and Honey Gifts

Apples and Honey Host{ess} Gifts for the Jewish New Year

For the last 25 years we have been tasked with finding a gift for our Rosh Hashana dinner hosts. And every year we end up running out at the last minute to buy an ok gift but nothing particularly thoughtful or special. This year we have vowed to order a gift from GiftTree, tonight, so it will arrive by Erev Rosh Hashana (Sunday September 9th, 2018). These three very special gifts work equally well as host{ess} gifts for Yom Kippur Break the Fast as they do for Rosh Hashana dinner. And although GiftTree has a huge selection of gifts from which to choose, we decided to narrow our choice to apples and honey gifts. Continue Reading →

8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Giving Guide

Gift Giving Guide to the 8 Nights of Hanukkah

Hanukkah Gift Giving Guide >> Printable Deidel Art | More Printable Chanukah Art

8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Giving Guide

My children still tease me about some of our Chanukah traditions. I must admit, with eight days of Hanukkah gift giving and a limited budget, I often found myself pushing the boundaries of creativity. I often used the holiday to buy them “gifts” that satisfied “needs” rather than “wants” and always designated at least one day to reinforce the importance of Judaism and the Jewish traditions of performing mitzvot and giving tzedakah.

FYI >> We always switched up the order of the nights so the kids never knew which night would be the dreaded (often embarrassing) personal hygiene night

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Best Hanukkah Party Invitations

Best Hanukkah Party Invitations

Best Hanukkah Party Invitations >> Hanukkah Invites

Best Hanukkah Party Invitations

I really can't believe it, today we received our first Hanukkah party invitation of the season and it is only mid October.  Here's the kicker – we are already booked!   The fact is that this year (2013) Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving and if you are even thinking about having a party, you really need to send out the invitations ASAP!  Hanna is going to be so disappointed since we have attended her party every year for the last 2 decades but have 30 out of town guests expecting to be entertained that weekend. We highly recommend asking around to see if maybe this year you are better off hosting your Hanukkah holiday party on Sunday early evening rather than Saturday night.  My gut is that you will have significantly fewer conflicts.

Update >> Chanukah 2018

This year Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 2 and ends the December 10. This means that we only have one weekend this year to host our Hanukkah parties this year so be sure to get your invitations out early before someone else books the Saturday night or Sunday.

The featured invitations are still among our favorites but there a few new Chanukah party invitations this year we want to add to our list of Best Hanukkah Party Invitations Continue Reading →

Our Favorite Jewish New Year Gifts

Our Favorite Jewish New Year Gifts

Today, as we are running around at the last minute searching for a Rosh Hashana dinner host{ess} gift, we realize we should have planned ahead.  Yep, we messed up and ended up buying a boring box of chocolates rather than bringing something truly memorable. So we went back to our earlier Rosh Hashanah post and reminded ourselves just how much we love both of these Nambe Honey Pots and Dippers. They are perfect for Rosh Hashana dinner and equally perfect as a host{ess} gift for Break the Fast.

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Best Rosh Hashana Kosher Wines & Host{ess} Gifts>> Now On SALE!

Chocolate and kosher Wine Gift

Best Rosh Hashana Kosher Wines & Host{ess} Gifts >> Kosher Chocolate and Wine

Best Rosh Hashana Kosher Wines & Host{ess} Gifts

This year Rosh Hashana begins the evening of Sunday October 2. 2016 and runs through Tuesday October 4, 2016.  Every year we go to Erna & Andrew's home for a beautiful New Year celebration dinner and every year we struggle with what to bring as a host{ess} gift.  This year, for Monday night's dinner, we will most likely bring this beautifully packaged gift of kosher truffles and bottle of Tabor Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon. Continue Reading →

Email Beautiful Jewish New Year Cards – FREE!

Email Beautiful Jewish New Year Cards – FREE!

Update!

Unfortunately, these cards are no longer available to email free of charge. However, the design is still available for printing and mailing.

Please check out our updated guide to our favorite Rosh Hashana Cards including this gorgeous Peaceful Dove Card!

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year – L' Shanah Tovah

Party Hearty!

Support The Families of Israel’s Fallen Soldiers – Buy Fine Israeli Wines!

Israeli WinesIt must be the weekend because we are on quite the wine roll – first Portuguese wines and now kosher Israeli wines. This email from Judaism.com just appeared in our inbox.  As you know, we are always suckers for a cause and the fact that now through August 30, 2014 Judaism.com will donate 5% of your order to the families of Israeli fallen soldiers pushes this to the top of our to do list. With this incentive, we encourage all of you who are planning on hosting family and friends for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippor, or Sukkot to stock up on wines from Israel.  Plan ahead and buy now! All Judaism.com wines are Kosher. They stock delicious table wines, kiddish wines, dessert wines, sparkling wines, cooking wines and even wine gift sets.

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Sports Kippah | Sports Theme Wedding & Bar Mitzvah Yarmulkes

Sports Kippah, MLB & NBA Kippah, sports yarmulke

Sports Kippah

Sports Kippah | Sports Theme Wedding & Bar Mitzvah Yarmulkes

As we have so often mentioned, it is our visitors who inspire these posts.  One of the most common questions we are asked is where to find specialty kippah (yarmulke) for themed events like weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.  And well over 50% of our clients are specifically seeking sports kippah. Sometimes my go to Judaica stores carriy them but truthfully, although I have seen generic sports kippah (i.e. football kippah or basketball kippah). Some people are more traditional but if the honoree is a sports fan, we really do not think there is anything wrong with adding a hint of personality to even the most formal events. In our oh so humble opinion, it is the little touches that transform a wedding from pinterest inspired to warm and hamish. We can just picture the groom and groomsmen walking down the aisle in their sharp black tux, crisp white shirts, handsome bow ties, and their Padres sports kippah!  And even if you can't quite bring yourself to advertise your favorite team at your wedding, these yarmulkes also make fun gifts.  Think Father's Day, Chanukah, or any day!

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