BabagaNewz

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Delicious feature stories and nonfat fun.

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What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's no advertising to speak of at this site, beyond a link to Baba's Bookstore and a link to subscribe to the magazine.

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What's it about?

BabagaNewz is a hip monthly magazine for grades four through seven, featuring engaging articles "from a Jewish values perspective." Of course there are online games, including religious ones such as "Jewpardy" ("Show off your Jewish knowledge!). But there are plenty of secular games, too. Check out "American Idle No More" and learn about worthy projects started by kids. Interact with other kids at in the "Talkin' Back" area. The "Message Wall" is for younger kids. Pick one of the many topics and see what others say about subjects as diverse as Jewish holidays or protecting the environment. Teens talk politics and more in the discussion forum area. In the "Vault" you'll find links to information on Jewish holidays, crafts, quizzes, and more.

Is it any good?

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You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the BabagaNewz Web site -- there is really something for everyone. Non-Jewish kids may be a little confused by some of the words at first, but will catch on fast. There is no proselytizing by the site; the emphasis is on sharing Jewish heritage.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of celebrating your own heritage and respecting others' cultures and religions. What cultural or religious traditions do you observe with your family? What are your favorite ways to celebrate?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2009
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This is good if your Jewish

This is an okay site there's better.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Adult Written bynosilla280 April 9, 2008
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Fun stuff!!

There are some great games on this site. Sure they're educational, but they're clean and fun. Lots of other good content. Tours of Israel, stuff about holidays, music, videos...very cool...

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