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In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Beshalach (read on Shabbat Shira – the Shabbat of Song), Miriam, the sister of Moses, leads the women of Israel in song after crossing the Sea of Reeds. As it says in the Torah, “Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women came out after her with timbrels and with dances.” This is a great opportunity to sing and dance with our kids and recreate the splitting of the sea.


Two aluminum pie pans

Dried Beans

Hole puncher



1.    Make five holes around each of the pans.

2.    Place dried beans between two pans.

3.    Use ribbon to attach the pans to each other.

4.    Decorate the tambourine with additional ribbons.

Sing and dance!


Emily Shapiro Katz has been a community Jewish educator for over ten years in Jerusalem, Atlanta, and San Francisco. She lives in Beer Sheva with her husband, Andy, and their four children. Her contributions to this website reflect her interest in teaching Tanach, doing craft projects, and entertaining her kids. Emily blogs about her Parsha Projects at