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We are so glad you are spending your summer with Sinai@Home! Below are some curated resources to spark learning/teaching moments with your mini-mensches with each of our mensch middah.

Virtual Programming
Make sure to check out our calendar for virtual programming for each middah so your family can stay connected to Sinai@Home!

Movies to Watch
Preschool-Rising Grade 1: Shaboom! Make People Feel Welcome
Rising Grades 2-3: Inside Out
Rising Grades 4-6: Wonder

Preschool-Rising Grade 1: Shaboom! Showing Respect
Rising Grades 2-3: Finding Nemo
Rising Grades 4-6: Beauty and the Beast

Preschool-Rising Grade 1: Wall-E
Rising Grades 2-3: Inside Out
Rising Grades 4-6: Wonder

Books To Read (All found at PJ Library)
Preschool-Rising Grade 1: The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc
Rising Grades 2-3: Emma's Poem by Linda Glaser
Rising Grades 4-6: All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Preschool-Rising Grade 1: No Rules for Michael by Sylvia Rouss
Rising Grades 2-3: Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller 
Rising Grades 4-6: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Harwell Celenza

Preschool-Rising Grade 1: The Night World by Mordechai Gerstein
Rising Grades 2-3: A Picture for Marc by Eric A. Kimmel
Rising Grades 4-6: Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson

Blog Posts & Articles
How to Talk to Kids About Race
What is Jewish About Respecting Differences?
Kindness Vs. Cruelty: Helping Kids Hear The Better Angels Of Their Nature
Parenting for Kindness in Troubled Times
Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids
Kind and Firm Parenting

The Global Purpose Approach
How to Talk to Kids About Gender

Conversation Starters

We'd love to hear some of the answers to your questions! We’ll share responses (anonymously) in our next Sinai@Home email and on our Facebook page. Send an email to with the subject “What’s On Your Mind?”.

Acts of loving kindness are always important, but especially as so many people’s lives are changed during these strange times. You can start a conversation with your family about chesed in your lives and home. Feel free to use these questions or come up with your own!

  1. What does kindness mean to you? What are some other words that you use to describe kindness? (Compassion, love, generosity, willingness, etc.).
  2. Has there been a time in your life (maybe at school or at home?) where it was really hard for you to be kind? Why do you think it was hard?
  3. Sometimes, people need your kindness most when they are angry, mean, or upset. What do you feel when you are having a bad day or in a hard situation and someone does something kind for you? How do you feel when you help someone when they are angry or sad?
  4. Can you think of one person who could use an act of kindness today? What can you do for them?

Kavod is the value of respect. Respect can be hard to define because there are so many different ways to show it (or not be shown it). We can talk about kavod in your family, with your friends. We can talk about kavod for people that are different from you or kavod for the earth and its animals. We can talk about kavod for something big like your whole community - or something more personal like your own body. You can use the following questions as a jumping off point for discussion, or talk about respect in a context that works better for your family:

  1. What does respect look like in your family? Are there rules that you follow or certain ways you talk to each other that show kavod?
  2. If someone has shown you disrespect, do they still deserve kavod from you? Why?
  3. How do you show kavod to your body? How do you have kavod for other people’s bodies?


  1. Think about the people around you - your family, your friends, your neighbors. Who do you think is wise in this group? What do you think makes them wise? Do you think that someone older is wise? Do you think that someone young can be wise?
  2. We spend a lot of time with our families, but that doesn’t mean we always know everything about them! Take a few minutes to ask each other some of the following questions:
    What do you wish I knew about you?
    What do you worry about?
    What could our family do better?
  3. Bonus! We all have questions about the world around us, no matter how big or how small! We want to know what’s on your mind - what are you trying to understand about the world? About life? We probably don’t have the answer, but we’d love to learn along with you!

Thu, July 9 2020 17 Tammuz 5780