Building Community

This week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel (meaning “and he gathered”), is about the community of Israelites building the Mishkan. Think about the communities you belong to: your school, your neighborhood and your synagogue. How can you be a bigger part of your community? Pick up trash in your neighborhood; offer yourself as a babysitter, weed-puller or dog-walker; or have a bake sale at your school to raise money for a charity or school program.

Why Not Pie?

( Ask a grown-up for help before you begin. You’ll be using a knife and an oven for this recipe.)

You Need :

1 package refrigerated pre-made pie crusts (you will need two crusts – for the top and bottom of the pie)

8 apples

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon


1 tablespoon flour


Vegetable peeler


Large bowl

Pie plate

Oven mitts

1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.)

2. Unfold the premade pie crusts and place on a big plate.

3. Ask an adult to help you peel and slice apples into a large bowl.

4. Pour 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon over the apples. Add 1 tablespoon of flour to make the filling thicker.

5. Mix everything together with your hands. Then leave the mixture in the bowl for five minutes.

6. Put the bottom crust in a pie plate. Sprinkle it with a little bit of flour.

7. Pour the apple mixture into the crust and sprinkle a little more flour over the apples.

8. Cover the apples with the top piece of piecrust.

9. Fold the edges of the bottom crust up over the top crust and pinch together to seal.

10. Poke three sets of two “V-shaped” slits into the crust. These slits are vents so steam can come out.

11. Bake the pie for 25 minutes. Remove. Cool. And the rest is – easy as pie!