Release of "Kidchachke" "Kopele" at Mefoar Judaica Headquarters


The “Kidchachke” entertainment device features unlimited educational entertainment for young Yiddish speaking children – and aspiring Yiddish speakers of all ages. Certified by “Mishmeres Hakodesh & Chinuch” – this device is child safe, strictly Kosher, and has no internet capability.


Children will listen in awe for hours as they listen and read along to Yiddish ‘stories from our sages’ narrated by world renowned master storyteller Reb Leibel Lish, accompanied by vivid pictures. Comes pre-loaded with 12 stories, totaling over 3 hours. Kids will listen over and over!


Double the fun with 2 microphones and sing along to 17 classic and contemporary Jewish Karaoke tracks, with on-beat lyrics display. The Kidchachke is truly a revolution in the Jewish entertainment market! Includes 10 pre-loaded Yiddish bonus tracks that sing of core Jewish values.


Jewish boys and girls will have hours of coloring to do, with 92 blank templates to choose from! Themes include Hebrew Alphabet Aleph Beis, Mitzvos, Brachos, Animals, and Fun Transportation Vehicles. Children can save their colored artwork masterpieces to the device.


With hours of unlimited fun, this device makes a great gift for Jewish Girls and Boys of all ages. Perfect for Chanukah presents, birthday gifts, Upsherin present, and more. USB capability allows for you to play your own tracks or view your own photos on the device.
Entertain young children of all ages with traditional, Yiddish, kosher content for hours with a one-of-a-kind device from Kidtchatchke!


There are a multitude of exciting activities for Jewish children available on this machine:

Children can read along to 12 intriguing Yiddish stories, told by famed storyteller Reb Leibish Lish, accompanied by bright, detailed photos for audiovisual entertainment.

The first of its kind, this device comes equipped with 17 popular Jewish songs for a fully Yiddish Karaoke experience. With 2 microphones and highlighted lyrics timed to the beat of the music, you’ll bring the fun and excitement of Jewish music into your home. Also comes pre-loaded with 10 addional Yiddish songs that promote core Jewish values.

Kids can get creative and color 92 coloring templates that feature a variety of artwork celebrating mitzvahs, Jewish blessings, the Hebrew alphabet, animals, and transportation. Children can color directly on the device, and save their work for parents to admire.
Using the handy USB port, you can view photos of your own or play music you’ve downloaded yourself.


Kosher product – certified by Mishmeres Hakodesh & Chinuch • Yiddish Music library featuring bedtime music, Shabbos songs, and other Jewish themes • 12 Yiddish stories from Jewish sages • More than 3 hours of storytelling time, accompanied by pictures and subtitles • First-ever Yiddish karaoke machine • 2 microphones
17 popular Yiddish Karaoke songs • 92 Jewish-themed coloring templates • USB compatibility

Mishmeres Hakodesh & Chinuch, under the supervision of HaRav Blau, has found this machine to be 100% kosher and safe for children. There’s no connection to the Internet, and no inappropriate music or images. This unique, education-enhancing children’s toy is a great gift or option for young children of all ages!

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Art Wall Decals – A Fun and Easy Way to Be Creative in a Kid’s Room

With the constant influx of new trends, styles, media hype and crazes, kids in this day and age are quite fickle. Their opinions change with the latest character on TV, styles and trends. This could make decorating your child’s room seem like an almost impossible task. A style you give their room this year could be ‘so last year’ in a year or so. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to transform a room instantly and wall decals are the answer.

Thanks to this revolutionary new product, gone are the days of painstaking wallpapering, or mural painting to give your kid’s room the effect they want. Vinyl wall murals can help solve your decorating dilemmas. These easy to apply kids Wall Stickers are a quick and easy way to transform a room, with no mess and no fuss. All you have to do is simply peel a wall decal from the backing sheet and apply to the desired area, smooth over and there you have it!

Some wall decals can be applied to walls, furniture, windows, mirrors or even bathroom tiles.

It’s best to pick a brand in which the wall stickers are cleanly removable, changeable, re-stickable, splash-proof and washable. This allows you to move them around; if you are not happy with the position you have placed them in, or if your kid gets bored of the position. As your child grows older, they may wish to have a new design; these wall stickers can be removed without leaving a trace, reapplied to the backing sheet and used again for a younger child or a friend’s kid. There is such an exhaustive range available, including sport, princess, animal and space theme wall decals to mention a few.

These fantastic art wall murals allow you to change the theme of your child’s room easily and cost effectively. There are wall decals available on the market ranging from £6 to £150 depending on the theme, style, whether it’s a licensed character or original theme.

For those who want to really add a personal touch to designing bedrooms, there are a range of art wall decals that can really bring a room to life. Vinyl wall decals can be used to frame pictures, stick up lists, artwork and invitations, to walls and furniture, without damaging any surfaces or your artwork.

Blik have some great character wall decals to theme a whole room, or one or two walls. FunToSee have a great range of children’s original and licensed theme wall murals for decorating an entire room or a smaller area, as well as adding frames and small stickers to pictures and artwork. Dali Decals also have a great range on offer.

Decorating With Wall Art

Once the walls in your home are painted with just the right color that was painstakingly chosen, its time to decide what to put on them. There are so many great choices and these are just a few suggestions of striking and unusual items that will make your walls stand out.

One way to add texture and dimension to the walls in your home is by hanging metal wall art. This skillfully crafted type of art is a unique, classy, contemporary look. Popular themes for metal wall art are nature and abstract designs. One type of metal that is commonly used in metal wall art is copper. Besides its beautiful pinkish color, chemical treatments can be applied to copper to create unusual designs and colors. Not only is metal wall art stunning to look at, it is very durable as well. The possibilities with metal wall art are truly endless.

Another way to add texture to your walls is with a wall tapestry. Wall tapestries look great as a centerpiece behind the sofa and you can choose a contrasting color to accent your furniture or paint. Handmade wall tapestries are a form of folk art that add culture and color to your decor.

Mirrors also add dimension and light to the room. Hanging a large wall mirror in a small room will make it look bigger. Many homeowners like to hang mirrors in the entryway for one last appearance check before heading out the door. A decorative mirror can also replace a painting hung over the fireplace to avoid damage that heat can cause.

Wall sconces or candle holders are a great way to add more light to a dark wall and add a relaxing atmosphere to any room. Placed on either side of a painting or other type of wall art, wall sconces act as accent lighting.

Adding a decorative shelf or shelves to your wall is a great way to display collectibles, nick-knacks or photos. You can build your shelves yourself, or buy shelves and install them where you want. Wood shelves can be stained or painted, or you could chose a wrought iron shelf.

Of course, as with any decorating project, its important not to over do it. Too much wall decor can make the room look cluttered and small. Make sure you leave enough space between items on your walls.

Developing an Eclectic Personal Art Collection

Art collecting is not only for the rich; it requires no specialized training or education and if done correctly, can offer a lifetime of personal satisfaction and entertainment. There is however a mentality that only very wealthy people can have an art collection. This is a completely incorrect assumption. Many collections start with just one object. It could be something that someone in your family has handed down to you or maybe just something that caught your eye at a garage sale. If it is art to you and you love having it and want more then you have the love that it takes to be an art collector.

Many people have what are called, eclectic collections of art. You may have even started your own eclectic art collection and not have even realized it. Eclectic collections often include varying types of works; it could be paintings with sculptures, knickknacks, or maybe even a theme related set of objects. Some of the biggest eclectic art collections are those that are amassed for holiday celebrations. Many collectors have started off with one tree ornament and then have found themselves getting every tree ornament that catches their eye.

These types of collections are just the same as those collections valued in the millions. The point of the collection, in most cases, is not about money, but more about the personal value, the sentimental value of the works that you collect. The beauty of your collection of art, no matter what it is, should not be hidden away in boxes in an attic. If you want to add something very interesting to your home, then select a small corner, a wall or even an entire room and neatly display your collection. You can do this with shelves or even specially made glass cases depending on the size of your collection.

Art collections, especially eclectic art collections, can be of anything from comic books to acrylic paintings on canvas. A lot of the beauty of any collection comes in the presentation of the work as well as the works themselves. After your collection of art is assembled and presented in an appealing way, you can photograph it and share it with your friends using social media like Facebook. This is an excellent way to share a part of your life that has so much meaning for you.

It doesn’t take a million dollars to assemble a collection that you can be proud of. In fact, many people have assembled collections strictly from what they discover at garage sales, yard sales and in some cases great quality work has been found at places like the Goodwill. There are also some great artists online that have their work for sale for reasonable prices. Just remember, that if you like it and you think that it is art, then it is art. Art is something that brings you personal joy when you look at it and that’s all that should matter when it comes to your art collection.

How to Calculate How Much Wallpaper You Need

Wondering how much wallpaper you need? It is always best to allow for a little extra, partly in case a strip tears by accident but also in case you can’t get any more wallpaper in the same batch which would mean one strip or one roll would look different.

All it takes is a little time and patience, a metal measuring tape, a pad and pencil and a calculator.

Here’s how to work it out:

1. Let’s take a single blank wall first with a wallpaper that has a plain design.

Measure the width of the wall and the height from top of the skirting to the ceiling.

e.g. 178 inches wide and 104 inches high.

Most wallpapers are 20.5 inches in width (so double check the width). Divide 178 by 20.5 (the width of the wall by the width of the wallpaper to work out how many strips you need) = 8.6 = 9 strips of wallpaper.

The rolls tend to be 11 yards long, so divide 396 by 104 (the height of the wall) = 3.8. Now, if you don’t want to havehorizontal joins along your wall, so this means you will only get 3 full strips per roll.

As you need 9 strips @ 3 full strips per roll, you need 3 rolls of wallpaper.

2. Let’s calculate wallpaper for a single blank wall with a wallpaper that has a repeat design.

Imagine the wall is 155 inches wide, 102 inches in height.

The wallpaper is 20.5 inches wide, 396 inches in a roll (which is standard) and the repeat is 19 inches.

Divide 155 by 20.5 to work out the number of strips needed = 7.56 = 8 strips of wallpaper.

Divide the height by the repeat, 102 divided by 19 = 5.36 which means that 6 repeats is needed in each strip of wallpaper so you now need to multiply 19 x 6 = 114 inches.

(Each strip of wallpaper must be 114 inches cm and there will be 12 inches of waste on each strip.)

Divide the length of the roll by the ‘new’ height, 396 divided by 114 = 3.47 which means that there are 3 full strips in each roll. (half strips can be used above doors and above and below windows but not in an unbroken wall).

Hence as you need 7 strips of wallpaper and there are 3 full strips in each roll, you need 3 rolls of wallpaper.

3. To calculate wallpaper for a full room with doors and windows:

Measure the height and width of the full room (adding together the widths of all four walls). While you may think that you can subtract the width of the doors and the windows, you can’t! The reason is the part of a full strip (lengthways) may be used beside the door and the waste from that cannot be used. Hence, I would advise only subtracting half the width of the doors and windows (and remember you will need wallpaper above and below the window).

Full width of room = 483 inches

Height = 104 inches

Repeat of wallpaper = 22 inches.

Divide the height by the repeat, 104 divided by 22 = 4.72 so 5 repeats are needed. 22 x 5 = 110 inches per strip.

Divide the full width of the room by the width of the wallpaper, 483 divided by 20.5 = 24 strips.

If there are 2 doors in the room, I would subtract one strip.

I would only subtract one strip of wallpaper for every 2 or 3 windows in the room – better to err on the side of caution. It is possible to work out exactly how much wallpaper is require but you would need to know your starting point in the room and the exact measurements above and below the window

Divide 396 by 110 to work out how many strips you will get out of each roll = 3.6 which is 3 full strips. Part of the remainder could be used above doors and above windows. Hence, for a room with 2 doors and 3 average sized windows, I would order order 22 strips for this room (24 minus 2) which is 8 rolls.

If in doubt, double check using a wallpaper calculator which is often available on sites that sell wallpaper or check with your decorator.

I hope that helps you to calculate how many rolls of wallpaper you will need for your decorating.

Bathroom Wall Panels

Bathroom wall panels are water proof panels which are generally manufactured using thermoplastics, better known as UPVC, although some panels may be manufactured from Medite Exterior grade medium density fibreboard, which is more commonly known as MDF. This MDF board is then covered on the outer face with a high pressure laminate, and a balancing laminate is applied to the back to prevent distortion of the panel, this also improves the waterproof qualities of the panel.

Most UPVC bathroom wall panels are manufactured with two outer walls ( front & back ) and a honeycombed interior, which is necessary for good rigidity and keeping the panel flat. They are joined together using a tongue and groove system, depending on the style of panels, and this ensures each panel is locked together, thus making a more watertight and rigid joint. The joint between the panels can then be made more secure by applying a bead of silicone, and this is recommended particularly if a power shower or high pressure shower is installed.

Because the panels are manufactured using either UPVC or Laminated MDF, they are very easy to keep clean, and whilst they are extremely resistant to most chemical cleaners such as bleach products, it is recommended and indeed only necessary to use a wet soapy soft cloth, as this will be sufficient for most cleaning requirements.

All bathroom wall panels are totally waterproof are very hygienic and make a great alternative to the more conventional wall tiles, which are prone to certain strains of fungi particularly on the tiles grouting, which can produce a mouldy appearance.

They are available in many different styles and colours, which will suit any bathroom improvement requirements, and some of these styles can include:

  • Woodgrain effect
  • Marble effect
  • Mosaic effect
  • Plain colours

These wall panels can also be complimented with ceiling panels, and help to give that extra finished look.

UPVC and laminated wall panels are quick and easy to install. Installation can be applied in several ways, some of which are:

  • Screw fixed
  • Adhesive
  • Self adhesive

Installation can be carried out by the purchaser, or may be supplied and fitted by the supplier, and all installed panels can be finished with a matching trim on the top and bottom edges. For a more quality installation suppliers will usually stock the appropriate matching coving, which adds to the overall appearance and produce a very stylish bathroom. Many panel systems are available in kit form, and an accomplished DIY enthusiast should have no problem with the installation. Most bathroom panels or panel systems will usually come with a 10 to 15 year guarantee, although this depends on the quality and system purchased and may vary.

Home Theatre Design Basics

If you have an extra room in the house or have a special area in the basement you are not using, you may want to consider using the space for a home theater setup. Having a home theater can be expensive but overtime you will see the savings you are getting by being able to watch your favorite movie without having to go to a movie theater. This alone can save you a hundred dollars or so each month.

Before you do your this there is one important thing that you need to do. You need to decide where to place the screen, which could be in the corner of the room, against one wall, or even in the center of the room. It all depends on how large the area is and how many seats you have in the room. You should also make sure that the wires are hidden to avoid anyone tripping over them. For snacks and drinks you could have a small refrigerator and microwave in the room.

Here are some other basics you need to consider when doing a home theater design.

Seating arrangement

This is a very important aspect of the design because they can change the complete style and look of the room along with where the screen will be placed. For the seats you can choose individual chairs, sofas, or a combination of both. Where you place them also matters because you can have seats or sofas that are against the wall or you can also have chairs that recline.

Quality of sound

With your home theater setup you need to check the sound quality or sound system you will be using. The speakers are what makes the difference when listening to the movie. If you want a good quality sound make sure that your acoustics are fixed into place. You cannot enjoy the movie if you have poor sound quality. Make sure that you have good quality speakers. One thing that works well with a home theater is using a surround sound system. This type of system can make you feel as if you are in the middle of the action.


This is an integral part of the home theater design. It is better if you opt for dimmed light and while watching the movie you could switch off some of the lights to enhance the colors of the movie. If the lights are off you will be able to see even the minutest details. The room should also not have many windows because the light can penetrate through the windows which can take away from the movie. This is why a basement area makes a good place for a home theater setup.

6 Types Of Puppet Stages

Just like there are different kinds of puppets, there are different kinds of puppet stages. This article talks about 6 different types of puppet stages.


One church we ministered at had formed chicken wire in the shape of a tree which they covered with papier-mâché to give it a textured look. The tree had several large knotholes for puppets to appear in and also had a large branch that puppets could come up behind. This was a permanent stage, and was well done.

Doorway Theater

Use a tight fitting curtain rod or pipe with rubber stoppers at the ends in a doorway. (An adjustable tension curtain rod works well for this.) You can place a blanket or sheet over the rod once it is in place or thread a curtain on the rod before putting it up. One nice advantage in this type of theater is you can easily adjust it to the height of your puppeteer.

There are a couple of disadvantages to this type of stage, though. You are limited by the size of the doorway. If it is a standard 36″ door, you might squeeze two puppeteers in, but it will be tight. Another disadvantage is that the door might not be in a good place in the room and you may need to add a plain colored piece of material behind it to block out what’s in the next room. Also, if it is the only entrance to the room, it could cause problems if someone wanted to get in or needed to get out of the room during the play.

Strong Cardboard Box

This works for a temporary theater but isn’t durable enough for a permanent one unless you have a good supply and can replace pieces as needed. We used this as an extension of our normal theater when doing a Christmas play. The scene was a toy store and we used cardboard boxes covered with wrapping paper as shelves for the toys. Several toys were puppets that “came to life” when the owners left.

A Wooden Theater

You can build several different styles of wood theaters. A camp near us designed a set using a western theme. They had a bunkhouse on one side, a wooden fence in the middle, and a ranch house on the other side. Puppets could appear over the fence or in the windows or doorways of either house.

At a church we attended, we built a puppet house. It consisted of a wall across the width of the room, out about three feet from one end. We built it so it looked like the side of a house with a large window on one side, a door in the middle, and a small window on the other side. To give it the effect of the side of a house, we used 1″ X 6″ Novelty Siding. We also added a roof using cedar shingles. To the right of the door was a 36″ TV and our sound system. We also had it set so we could place a white dry-erase board over the doorway.

Wood Frame Theater

When our team consisted of more than eight members, our old theater wasn’t large enough. We also did some outdoor programs and found the wind caused problems with our regular theater; so we decided to build a new, sturdier theater.

We first constructed several wood frames using 1″ X 3″ boards. The frames were a little over 4′ high and 2′ wide and held together using L-shape brackets and screws. We then stretched fabric over the frames and stapled it in the back. Hinges with removable pins were attached to the back so the pieces could be hooked together. The frames were then attached together forming a half-circle.

Next we used 1″ X 3″ boards to make a frame 6′ long by 3′ wide and covered it with cloth like the smaller frames. Then we used 1″ X 3″ X 6′ for the back uprights and bolted the frame crosswise across the top to make the backdrop for the theater. The upright boards were bolted to the end frames. The effect was similar to a PVC pipe theater.

PVC Pipe Frame Theater

This is our most often used theater which has 2″ X 6″ wood bases and a frame constructed out of 1 ½” PVC pipe that can be purchased at most hardware stores. Curtains are threaded over the pipes for the final look. There are many advantages to using this type of theater. They are durable, lightweight and portable, easy to assemble or disassemble, sturdy, easy to maintain, fairly inexpensive, and are not too difficult to make.

There are 6 different types of stages. Choose the one that best fits your needs, add some imagination and creativity, and see what happens.

A Look Back As NME Cancels Print Format Of Its Magazine

Yet another once popular magazine has taken victim to the Internet, as the New Musical Express will very soon exist in only an online form. The NME has published weekly since 1976, but its last print issue will be circulated on Friday March 16, 2018.

Because of that announcement inspired music columnist Bob Tannenbaum paid tribute to NME in Saturday’s edition of The News York Times, discussing his favorite acts who made the cover of the magazine during its forty year tenure. Oasis, the Stone Roses, the Strokes, Manic Street Preachers, and Mansun were the five acts he identified, but he had plenty of more to choose from.

For example, he could have mentioned David Bowie, the artist who appeared on more covers of NME than any other act. Some of the most memorable of those showed Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust incarnation, another with Iggy Pop and a third issue dedicated as an anniversary special.

Some of the most memorable covers are of people who only made the front of NNE on just one occasion, including tenured bands such as 10cc or short-lived talents like Secret Affair and the Housemartins. There is also an unusual non-musical personality among my favorites, the cover featuring famous film director Alfred Hitchcock.

Here are ten great recording acts who have appeared on numerous covers of NME, which has served kind of like a British version of Rolling Stone.


Moz made the front almost as much as Bowie, when you consider his appearances both as a solo artist as well as a member of the Smiths.

Elvis Costello

One of the greatest song writers of all time found himself on NME on nearly a dozen occasions, which is not surprising since he has been recording consistently for forty years.

John Lennon

Although he was assassinated just a few years after the magazine adopted its weekly format, Lennon’s image appeared frequently either by himself of with The Beatles.

The Clash

Joe Strummer made it several times as a solo act, but his punk band from the British New Wave appeared much more frequently.

The White Stripes

Seven times either the band or Jack White himself donned the front, an appropriate number for the nan who wrote Seven Nation Army.

Franz Ferdinand

In the year 2004 alone, these alt rockers made the cover four times.


The Gallagher brothers of Oasis would be happy to learn that this British rival group appeared few times, but Damon Alborn’s quartet enjoyed a lot less controversy during their Nineties heyday.

Bob Dylan

Rolling Stone featured this American icon on its cover twice as much, but NME still paid fair tribute to Dylan.


Alt rocker Beck appeared twice in one month, gracing the covers for two different weeks in November of 1998.

Arctic Monkeys

This British alt rock act has never really gotten its due in the United States, but its numerous front features on NME indicates its popularity in the United Kingdom.