BimBam is a media studio making Jewish videos, apps and animated series that are joyful, empowering introductions to Jewish ideas and life for kids & adults.
For kids 4-7 and their parents. Shaboom! is a new series of videos based on Jewish values from BimBam. Shaboom! videos help kids see and learn about Mussar ideas and Jewish values and how they can be useful in everyday family life.
PJ Library offers free children’s books each month for families with Jewish children.
PJ Library has many children’s books related to the season, including:
PJ Library also has many books covering Jewish values:
If you would like to receive PJ Library books, sign up here.
Jewish children’s books relevant to the High Holy Days and Jewish values are also available at:
Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley, Dayenu Judaica in San Francisco, and for circulation at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco and via its pushcart program at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto and at the San Francisco JCC.
Other Resources for Families and Young Children
This online Days of Awe resource for families – parents & children – is from Jewish Educational Center of Cleveland.
High Holy Day Resources for Families and Children with Disabilities – this resource was developed for families with special needs, but it is a great resource for any Jewish family celebrating the holidays.
Wise words from a Jewish educator on teaching Jewish values in the home in everyday life.
Jewish LearningWorks Online Resources for Families
Mussar curriculum for young children - From the Mussar Institute
Middot: A Stairway of Virtues - Curriculum (25 lessons) for grades 6-9
American Presidents & Jewish Values - Downloadable lesson plan with texts and other resources analyzing speeches of American Presidents through the lens of Jewish values. Adaptable for Grades 5-10.
Study Leads to Action: Understanding and Living Jewish Values Curriculum - for Middle School Students - Jewish Values curriculum for middle schoolers from Jewish Education Center, Cleveland.
Under the Same Sky: “The Earth is Full of Your Creations” - Curricular framework for young children and families, learning values related to our world and nature, including 3 units:
- Do Not Destroy (Bal Tashchit): The Importance of Conserving and Protecting Nature
- indness to Animals (Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim)
- ppreciating the Wonders of Nature (Le’He’arich at Pelei HaTeva)
Values-based lesson plans and programs from PJ Library - For young children: Various PJ Library books with lesson plans and programs, categorized by value and age. Some programs are adaptable for multi-age programming
Online Resource for Families
http://imcomingclean.weebly.com/ - Days of Awe resource for families – parents & children – from Jewish Educational Center of Cleveland
Character Day Resources:
Periodic Table of Being a Mensch – Table of Middot developed by Rabbi Avi Orlow
Middot-opoly – Jewish Values Board Game
Lists of Middot
“The Torah is greater than the priesthood and greater than royalty, seeing that royalty is acquired through 30 virtues, the priesthood twenty-four, while the Torah is acquired through 48 virtues.”
These 48 Middot are listed here on the URJ website: http://www.reformjudaism.org/study-48-middot
Rabbi Mendel Menachem Lefin of Satanov identified 13 Middot in Cheshbon HaNefesh (Accounting of the Soul), published 200 years ago in Lithuania.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Lefin was influenced by reading Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. Franklin listed these 13 virtues, along with a rigorous method for self-improvement. Franklin’s methods may have had an influence on subsequently developed Mussar practice.
A comparison of Franklin’s list of virtues with the 13 Middot in Cheshbon Ha0Nefesh, and the 13 Middot listed by Rabbi Israel Salanter, the founder of the modern Mussar movement, can be found here.
National Mussar Resources
Local Mussar Resources
http://bayareamussar.org/ - aggregates information about Mussar classes and events across the Bay Area.