Because it takes a village.
Here are some of our favorite resources for Jewish families of all flavors. Have something to add? Email us.
On Being Jewish
My Jewish Learning: "The leading transdenominational website of Jewish information and education." Yep, it's kind of the Mother Ship.
Judaism 101: An online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs.
Kveller.com: A website for those who want to add a Jewish twist to their parenting. And don't we all want that?
Jewniverse: Features extraordinary, inspirational, forgotten, and just-plain-strange dispatches from Jewish culture, tradition, and history.
Interfaith Family: Supporting interfaith families exploring Jewish life.
The Mother's Circle: Free resources, education and events for women of other religious backgrounds raising Jewish children.
Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI): An independent, national, trans-denominational organization reaching out to unaffiliated and intermarried families, and helping the organized Jewish community better welcome them in.
Jews of Color
Be'chol Lashon (In Every Tongue): Advocating for the growth and diversity of the Jewish people.
Jewish Multiracial Network: The Jewish Multiracial Network advances Jewish diversity through empowerment and community building with Jews of Color and Jewish multiracial families.
Jews in All Hues: An education and advocacy organization that supports multiple-heritage Jews, assisting Jewish communities and organizations in the creation of sustainably-diverse communities. [Note: we love their term "heritage-diverse Jews"!]
Repair the World: A national organization with deep roots in Brooklyn which seeks to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need.
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice: "For 25 years, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) has pursued racial and economic justice in New York City by advancing systemic changes that result in concrete improvements in people’s everyday lives. We are inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power."
Keshet: A national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life.
Bend the Arc: Building the power and passion of the progressive Jewish movement in America by bringing together Jews from across the country to advocate and organize for a more just and equal society.
BlackLivesMatter Jewish Resources: An online hub of resources for Jewish communities, organizations and individuals working on racial justice and taking part in the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Sustainable Living & Food Justice
Hazon: The word hazon means vision. Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all.
Jewish Farm School: Dedicated to teaching about contemporary food and environmental issues through innovative trainings and skill-based Jewish agricultural education.
Mazon: Mazon, which means “food” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause.
Masbia: An NYC-based soup kitchen network- where the rubber meets the road in the fight against hunger. Masbia feeds hot, nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children. No statistics. No bureaucracy. No middleman. Masbia deposits food in empty stomachs.
Hebrew Language Learning
Children's Hebrew Learning Resources: An excellent list of online resources and apps, compiled by Nefesh B'Nefesh.
Hebrew-Language.com: A collection of free Hebrew resources available on the Internet.
HebrewPod101: Audio and video Hebrew lessons, accessed via app or web browser.
500 Basic Hebrew Words: Pretty much what it sounds like.
Omniglot Hebrew Page: Omniglot is an encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.
Crafts & Activities for Kids
Joyful Jewish: Fun crafts and activities for Jewish families with young children.
Kveller Crafts: Kveller's excellent list of crafts and activities.
Star of David Cutting Origami: We have to admit, we still think this is magic. (And we've done it dozens of times!)
Challah: Everyone needs an awesome challah recipe and this is it.
(If you're going to bake challah, you should also know how to braid it.)
Hamantaschen: Your guide to an awesome Purim.
Collection of Kugal Recipes: Because even HuffPo loves kugal!
Children's Book Collections
We absolutely love Be'chol Lashon's recommended list of diverse children's books!
Kveller's Top 10 New Jewish Books for kids.
PJ Library's FREE Jewish children's literature and music mailed to you home every month. If you haven't signed up yet, do it now!
Other Interesting Reads
Article: "How Do You Prove You're a Jew?" (NY Times Magazine, 3/2/2008)
Article: "7 myths about raising interfaith kids" (HuffPo Parents, 11/1/2013)
OpEd: "We're Here. You're just not paying attention." (Tablet, 3/6/2015)
Article: "What's in my daughter's name?" (Tablet, 7/20/2015)
Article: "I am Jewish and Black Lives Matter" (Huffington Post, 7/17/15)
OpEd: "Judaism must embrace the convert" (NY Times, 11/23/2014)
OpEd: "Being 'Partly Jewish'" (NY Times, 10/31/2013)
Compilation: Collection of HuffPo articles on Jewish activism. (Huffington Post, various)