Love in a Box: Learning & Love on Tu B’Av

Welcome to your Love in a Box official web page filled with all of the companion digital resources for the items and activities included in your box.

With love from us,
The professional team at the Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning
Miriam Abramovich, Mike Steklof, Susan Goldberg Schwartz,
Rabbi Ori Bergman, Ben Wolfson, and Leah Kramer


Begin with an exploration of the concept of happily ever after.  Then dive into the history and meaning of Tu B’Av through an exploration of Jewish text and guiding questions created by Rabbi Ori Bergman.  You can read the Couples Guide HERE.


Wearing a face covering has become a part of everyday life, and is an important way to show that you care for others. 


In partnership with Buffalo’s Jewish Community Relations Council, we are proud to share voter registration instructions as well as information about the 2020 Census.



We hope you enjoyed your sweet treat from Israel.  Interested in Elite Candy?  You can check out this VIDEO.

Dreaming about going to Israel?  Here is a fun challenge: work with your family (we define family as the people who you love and who love you back) to create a Poem, Haiku or Limerick that includes the words: chocolate, love and a Hebrew word.  You could win a $500 voucher towards the next Buffalo Israel Experience Family Trip.  Entries are due by Friday, August 21.  One winner will be selected by esteemed contest judge, Marjorie Godin Bryen.


Create Seed bombs, a fun craft project that will show your love of the earth!

Want to mark the planting of the seeds with a prayer?  We suggest:

Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh Ha’olam oseh ma’aseh b’reshit.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who continually does the work of creation.


Love in a Box - a82068eb af3b 4086 aed0 69de448f32af CopyIf the current has affected your ability to be with loved ones who live out of town, explore StoryCorps Connect!  It will enable you to record a StoryCorp interview with a loved one remotely, using video conference technology.  Access a step-by-step guide, sample questions, and information on how to download the app HERE.


Walking is a great way to safely get out of the house, get some exercise, and fresh air.  With summer still in full swing, now is the perfect time to explore all the parks and walking trails our city has to offer! 


Getting an unexpected card in the mail can feel like a hug!  Who do you love?  Who would enjoy a card or note of love in their mailbox? Here are VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS on how to make a hug pop up card (with craft items you have around the house).

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Have you ever celebrated Havdalah with your famiy?  If not, it can be a wonderful way to start a new week.  Check out this VIDEO on how to make havdalah.

As a Havdalah candle gives off sparks, our new Spark Anytime Activities were designed by CJEL staff to spark conversation about the connection between everyday ideas and Jewish text.  Sparks are interactive online activities to be enjoyed at home, anytime.  Check out some of these CJEL Sparks:

Music Makes People Come Together

This SPARK is designed for children ages 13+ and an adult.

Parent Guide

The Hunt for Treasure in Nature

This SPARK is designed for children ages 10 and under & an adult

Parent Guide

After, Happily Ever After

This SPARK is designed for couples journeying through love and hardships.

Couples guide

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Celebrating Tu B’Av

In honor of Tu B’Av (August 5, 2020), the Jewish holiday of love, we asked some of our friends in Jewish Buffalo to reflect on their relationship with each other as we celebrate love in all its forms: love of community, love of Jewish text, love of ourselves, and the love we share with neighbors, friends and family.