Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig

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Subtitle: Fun holiday crafts and party ideas for the whole family

Stars: ****1/2

I received this book for review many months ago and I finished it almost right away. So why hasn’t the review been posted? Beats me! If you’re a fellow book blogger, you know that sometimes certain reviews get put on the back burner for no good reason. If you aren’t a book blogger, I’m sure there is something else in your life that you can relate this too.

Anyways, if you haven’t already seen this book around, it is a good book full of crafts and party ideas for many of the Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot, Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot as well as for Shabbat and For Every Day.

Before you even get into any of that there is a product guide that shows a picture of and explains some basic crafting supplies you will need to do the crafts included in the book, from basic items such as pompoms and pipe cleaners to more elaborate items such as Wooden Dowels and Flat Glass Marbles. None of the supplies would be very expensive though which is nice. There is also a page on the tools you can use such as wire cutters, brads and craft punches. The next page is all about glues and adhesives such as double-sided adhesive tape, straight pins and magnets. Since the book also has party ideas including some recipes, there is a page on some basic kitchen tools and gadgets such as measuring cups and rolling pins.

Finally you get to the holidays and special occasions. For each one, you get an introductory page that reminds you what the date is about and what we remember during these times. Then there is a short table of contents for just that occasion. Crafts and recipes are interspersed.

Here are some of the craft and recipe ideas you’ll find: decoupaged apple dish, break-the-fast muffins, felt Torah, glowing glass menorah, latke servers, handprint tree, almond snowballs, purim puppets, medieval princess hat, purim pops, sedar plate, deviled eggs, afikomen bag, stamped napkins, havdalah candle, challah cover, mezuzah and scrapbook frame.

There are also some party ideas (other than recipes) such as a Chol Hamoed Pesach Picnic, a Purim Masquerade Party or a Doughnut & Ice Cream Party for Chanukah.

Each page is very colourful with colour photos and lots of little colourful designs on the pages. You can view a 16-page sampler on the website.

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