Ohev Shalom Gift Shop is Having a Spring Fling Sale

The Gift Shop at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is having a Spring Fling Sale. Please visit Ohev Shalom for 20% off everything in the gift shop until the end of May EXCLUDING Tallits and Kosher Scrolls for mezzuzot. Our Sisterhood Gift Shop, the Simcha Boutique, which is available to our members and the local community, stocks a full variety of Judaica and gift items available for purchase. Please see the attached photographs for ideas of the items that the Simcha Boutique carries.

The Simcha Boutique is open on Sundays from 9 AM until 12:30 PM or by appointment. More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

 

Ohev Shalom Gift Shop is Having a Spring Fling Sale

The Gift Shop at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is having a Spring Fling Sale. Please visit Ohev Shalom for 20% off everything in the gift shop until the end of May EXCLUDING Tallits and Kosher Scrolls for mezzuzot. Our Sisterhood Gift Shop, the Simcha Boutique, which is available to our members and the local community, stocks a full variety of Judaica and gift items available for purchase. Please see the attached photographs for ideas of the items that the Simcha Boutique carries.

The Simcha Boutique is open on Sundays from 9 AM until 12:30 PM or by appointment. More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

 

Ohev Shalom Gift Shop is Having a Spring Fling Sale

The Gift Shop at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is having a Spring Fling Sale. Please visit Ohev Shalom for 20% off everything in the gift shop until the end of May EXCLUDING Tallits and Kosher Scrolls for mezzuzot. Our Sisterhood Gift Shop, the Simcha Boutique, which is available to our members and the local community, stocks a full variety of Judaica and gift items available for purchase. Please see the attached photographs for ideas of the items that the Simcha Boutique carries.

The Simcha Boutique is open on Sundays from 9 AM until 12:30 PM or by appointment. More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

 

Ohev Shalom Gift Shop is Having a Spring Fling Sale

The Gift Shop at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is having a Spring Fling Sale. Please visit Ohev Shalom for 20% off everything in the gift shop until the end of May EXCLUDING Tallits and Kosher Scrolls for mezzuzot. Our Sisterhood Gift Shop, the Simcha Boutique, which is available to our members and the local community, stocks a full variety of Judaica and gift items available for purchase. Please see the attached photographs for ideas of the items that the Simcha Boutique carries.

The Simcha Boutique is open on Sundays from 9 AM until 12:30 PM or by appointment. More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

 

Ohev Shalom Gift Shop is Having a Spring Fling Sale

The Gift Shop at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is having a Spring Fling Sale. Please visit Ohev Shalom for 20% off everything in the gift shop until the end of May EXCLUDING Tallits and Kosher Scrolls for mezzuzot. Our Sisterhood Gift Shop, the Simcha Boutique, which is available to our members and the local community, stocks a full variety of Judaica and gift items available for purchase. Please see the attached photographs for ideas of the items that the Simcha Boutique carries.

The Simcha Boutique is open on Sundays from 9 AM until 12:30 PM or by appointment. More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

 

Ohev Shalom Gift Shop is Having a Spring Fling Sale

The Gift Shop at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is having a Spring Fling Sale. Please visit Ohev Shalom for 20% off everything in the gift shop until the end of May EXCLUDING Tallits and Kosher Scrolls for mezzuzot. Our Sisterhood Gift Shop, the Simcha Boutique, which is available to our members and the local community, stocks a full variety of Judaica and gift items available for purchase. Please see the attached photographs for ideas of the items that the Simcha Boutique carries.

The Simcha Boutique is open on Sundays from 9 AM until 12:30 PM or by appointment. More information can be found by emailing [email protected]

 

Tzedakah That Grows With Time: Heifer at Hanukkah

— by Hannah Lee

What could you give to someone who has everything essential? When my friend, Mary Jo, finally married her long-time sweetheart and they combined two households, she didn’t need another set of wine goblets or china. I was thrilled when she said that a donation to Heifer International would warm her heart. I knew of their humanitarian work in foreign countries, but I’d yet to learn of their myriad educational projects, including ones here in the United States. So, I purchased a flock of chicks in her honor.  These chicks were given to an eligible family overseas and when they grow up and become productive, the family donates the new chicks to another family in a Passing on the Gift ceremony. This is tzedakah that grows exponentially from your initial investment.  

More after the jump.
Heifer International‘s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.

It all started with a cow.

Its origin lore states: “Moved by the plight of orphans and refugees of the Spanish Civil War as he ladled out meager rations of powdered milk, Dan West, an Indiana farmer, volunteer relief worker and Church of the Brethren member, grasped that the people needed “a cow, not a cup”– cows that could produce milk so families would not have to depend on temporary aid. From that simple idea, Heifer International was born.

In 1944, the first cows sent abroad were donated by West’s neighbors and distributed throughout Europe following World War II. More than 67 years later, Heifer has expanded its mission, just as it expanded to 30 types of animals it now provides– from goats, geese and guinea pigs to bees, silkworms, and water buffalo.”

This Hanukkah, Heifer International is providing a variety of gift options that fulfill the Jewish mitzvot of tzedakah and tikkun olam. They’ve launched the “Heifer at Hanukkah” website, where shoppers can honor a loved one — from Abba to Zaide, in their words — with a cow, goat, or chicks to help an impoverished family move from dependence to independence. Heifer provides livestock, trees, seeds, and training in environmentally-sound agriculture to families in more than 42 countries, including the United States, Nepal, China, Brazil, Rwanda, and Armenia.

Mark Feuerstein (of USA Network’s Royal Pains) and Ed Asner (known to the younger generation by his voice in the Pixar film Up) are featured in a family-friendly video. Mark dresses up as a Heifer, the gift that Ed plans to give his granddaughter, which will provide an impoverished family with four gallons of milk a day. “My granddaughter will receive the gift of giving tzedakah,” Ed says. “Kids play with a good toy for a few months or a year, but this gift ends poverty here at home and abroad.”

With Heifer at Hanukkah, Jewish shoppers can select socially-conscious and eco-friendly gifts to dedicate to their loved ones. These gifts include:

  • A Flock of Chicks ($20): A flock of chicks can help families add nourishing, life-sustaining eggs to their inadequate diets. The protein in just one egg is a nutritious gift for a hungry child. Protein-packed eggs from even a single chicken can make a life-saving difference.
  • A Boost of Nutrition ($36):  This gift has everything a malnourished child needs to become healthy and happy: fruit and vegetable seeds to provide vitamins and minerals, chickens to provide daily protein from eggs, training in sustainable farming, and nutrition for parents.
  • Women’s Self-Help Group ($72): Help start a group to empower women to learn to read, teach them valuable skills, and decrease their vulnerability to domestic violence, trafficking and health-related issues.
  • A Goat ($120): A dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day– that’s a ton of milk in a year. Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families also learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens.
  • An Ark ($5,000): The Heifer Gift Ark is one of the most comprehensive gifts you can make to hungry families worldwide– 15 pairs of animals to change their lives.

I’ve long wanted to keep chickens and I have been collecting books on their care. I’ve even checked with our zoning codes —  two chickens, no roosters, and 15-feet from our neighbors.  Finally, this fall, my husband gave me his approval, with the stipulation that I research the methods to protect chickens from predators.  I’ve learned that they’re fine from cats, but they’re vulnerable to dogs, foxes, and hawks.  For me, it’d be an indulgence, a hobby. In the meantime, I can indulge my fancy by sponsoring chickens that could sustain a family overseas.

Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Philadelphia Jewish Voice Living Judaism Editor, says,

Consider reading this article with your children or grandchildren and visiting the “Heifer at Hanukkah” website when they come for Hanukkah. This is a cause where giving gelt together can inspire a new generation of caring Jewish donors.

Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning

The Jewish Book Council has chosen Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning as its Jewish book of the week. Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning was written Ellen Frankel and The Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s Living Judaism editor Rabbi Goldie Milgram. Our heartfelt congratulations!

PJVoice readers will surely love, as the cover copy indicates: “to dive into these sixty inspiring and provocative adult-level mitzvah stories crafted by leading Jewish storytellers, rabbis and authors from across the full spectrum of Jewish life. These juried, newly-minted tales reveal how each mitzvah, when carried out with understanding and creativity, becomes a rich source of spirituality and meaning.” Mitzvah Stories cultivates respectful Jewish community and facilitates engaged Jewish living. Meant for reading and retelling across the generations, Mitzvah Stories shows us that Judaism is a spiritual practice.

Information on the companion deck of 52 professionally illustrated Mitzvah Cards follows the jump.

Mitzvah Cards: One Mitzvah Leads to Another

These 52 Mitzvah Cards convey many of the core spiritual practices of a meaningful Jewish life. Draw one card weekly for reflection, study & practice. Or, sort the cards by mitzvot you keep, those for further learning, and those you aren’t ready to take on. Discuss each with a friend or teacher. Guests can also select a card, and then share a mitzvah story or teaching. There are many more engaging applications for Mitzvah Cards. Each card has a pomegranate illustration based on the Talmudic saying “Every Jew is as full of mitzvot as a pomegranate is full of seeds.” Terms appear in Hebrew with transliteration and inspiring explanations. Appropriate for adults through b’nei mitzvah age. Meaningful gift for Hanukkah, birthday, wedding, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah.