Teaching kids about Labour Day

Today is Labour Day, and although we’re probably focused on our kids heading back to school, it’s a good opportunity to talk to our kids about the Labour movement and the role that Jewish people have played in its history.

Here is an excellent article from Tablet Magazine: Teaching Kids About Labour Day: The best children’s books about the labor movement—and the part Jews have played in it by Marjorie Ingall. It’s a few years old, but still worth checking out, if you’re looking for ways to introduce your children to the Labour movement and the connections to Jewish history.

Need High School Volunteer Hours?

The Jewish Heritage School at Congregation Habonim is looking for friendly and responsible students starting September 2019. Duties would include assisting teachers in the classrooms, helping with set-up and clean-up for activities, preparing the recess snack, etc. Knowledge of Hebrew is not essential, but welcomed and could lead to working with smaller groups of students on Hebrew Language learning. Hours would be from 9:00 AM to Noon/12:30 on Sunday mornings. If interested, please contact habonimschool@gmail.com.

Chanukah Celebration 2018/5779

Our annual Chanukah Celebration will be on Sunday, December 9 from 10AM – Noon.  Please join us for latkes, crafts, music, games and so much more!  This year our own Bnai Mitzvah students will be spearheading some fun activities as well.


If you are able to contribute some homemade latkes, please contact Cathy Rechtshaffen at habonimschool@gmail.com.


Extended family and friends, as well as members of Congregation Habonim are encouraged to join us.  Please contact Cathy Rechtshaffen at habomschool@gmail.com to RSVP to ensure there is enough food and other items.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all!

Challah Recipe

making_challah_-_williamHow to make challah: follow the instructions below, tear, and enjoy!
Makes two large challahs, or three medium-sized challahs.
  • 1 kg of flour
  • 2 small bags of yeast
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 egg + one more for the wash
  • 1 3/4 cup of water (or milk)
  • 1/2 cup of oil
Sit the yeast and 1/3 cup of water for 5 minutes then add one spoon of sugar and let it sit for another 5 minutes
Meanwhile ….
Put together all the ingredients in the mixer. When the yeast are ready add them to the mixer and mix it for about 5-8 minutes slowly.
Then let it rise for about 3 hours or until double the size
Wash it with the egg and sprinkle sesame seeds on the top or poppy seeds or sprinkles!
Let it rise again for another hour or two or until double the size .
Put them  in the oven for 35 minutes at 350.