DIY Matzah Cover for Passover

Let’s get crafty for Passover. Learn how to make your very own matzah cover with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman. No sewing skills required! Special thanks to Elisheva Anisman and Shira Anisman for the beautiful examples shown in this piece! Why do we need to cover the matzah? The best way to explain this is to […]

DIY Jewish Paper Cutting:
A Fun Craft Project for Kids 6+

Snip away at shiny origami paper to make beautiful paper “roses” to hang up for Shavuot or any time of year! Follow this easy tutorial led by Berkeley artist Claire Sherman! This project is great for kids ages 6 and up and may require adult supervision due to the use of scissors.

Make Your Own Mezuzah in Just 30 Minutes

Learn how to make fun clay mezuzot with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman!  A great 30-minute activity to do with any kids 3 years old and up, a mezuzah to decorate your doorpost for years to come!

Make Your Own HAMSA

Carve out lovely designs in paper with an exacto knife in this DIY Jewish paper cutting tutorial! We’ll make a hamsa – a popular symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa – together with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman as she demonstrates carving.

What is Tu B’shevat?
The Jewish Tree Holiday

Tu Bishvat is a joyous Jewish holiday that celebrates trees and nature. It brings us back to our roots, literally. Learn how to celebrate this nature-loving holiday with naturalist and former park ranger Deborah Newbrun. What will you do to celebrate the birthday of the trees?

The name of this holiday is often spelled Tu B’Shevat or Tu B’Shvat by some – this is a fun digression we’re not going to get into here, but just know that Hebrew grammar nerds love to talk about this.

Tu B’shvat is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the 15th of the Hebrew month Shevat, which is usually around January or February in the secular calendar.