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The Seder is a Family Affair

Sharon Moss, April 13, 2016

It’s spring, and time for Passover.  I just love celebrating Passover with my grandchildren. Seeing the holiday through their eyes has brought me a richer perspective on the Passover story. Continue reading “The Seder is a Family Affair”

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Passover Seder Surprise!

Amy
Amy & Larry Kaplan April 13, 2016

For many couples and families, the first time you see a tradition different than your own can be a shock. Amy and her husband, Larry, share how one of Amy’s family’s Passover rituals was a surprise for Larry and how it still plays out in their family Seder every year.

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Play-Based Preschool, Why It Works…

Dr. Sarah Levy
Dr. Sarah Levy , February 12, 2016

On one of my first days as a teacher, one of my mentors told me something that impacts my philosophy of education and the way that I approach every classroom of students: “Today, we are preparing students for jobs that don’t even exist yet.”

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Setting My Intentions as a Parent

Lauren Ross November 11, 2015
Lauren Ross
February 10, 2016

It’s just another typical Monday evening. I’m zooming out of my office parking lot, rushing towards the kids’ school to pick up carpool. My grocery list is running through my head. My heart pounds as I remember that e-mail I was supposed to send. I bark directions at Siri to remind me to pick up cookies for my son’s class party. Continue reading “Setting My Intentions as a Parent”

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Trees

Sharon Golder September 8, 2015
Sharon Golden
January 25, 2016

I hosted a family friendly Tu B’Shevat Seder yesterday and as I was researching some different Haggodot and ideas to include in my gathering, I came across a tree horoscope sponsored by JNF. Continue reading “Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Trees”

Chanukah: The Miracle of Light in a Time of Darkness

Sharon Golder September 8, 2015
Sharon Golden
December 3, 2015

With my mom’s recent passing, I found attending synagogue helpful in being able to take time to reflect and pray with my community. I listened to the parsha of Bereshit, the story of creation that I knew so well. Yet this time the words, “G-d saw the light, that it was good, and G-d separated between the light and between the darkness,” were so powerful to me. Continue reading “Chanukah: The Miracle of Light in a Time of Darkness”

Adding Light to Darkness

Dr. Sarah Levy
Dr. Sarah Levy , December 3, 2015

Generally, around this time of year, I find myself making more frequent trips to Starbucks. No, it’s not because my kids are anymore rambunctious or because I am getting any less sleep (although both of those are probably true). Really, it’s the shorter days. Continue reading “Adding Light to Darkness”

Food Allergies During the Holidays

Katie Schwalb September 2, 2015
Katie Schwalb
November 25, 2015

According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), there are approximately 15 million Americans with food allergies. Every 3 minutes someone is sent to the emergency department due to a food allergy reaction. Continue reading “Food Allergies During the Holidays”

Finding Your Shehecheyanu: How Thanksgiving is a Jewish Tradition

Natalie Boscoe
Natalie Boscoe November 18, 2015

I have always celebrated Thanksgiving without giving it much thought. In school, I learned why we celebrate Thanksgiving: the Pilgrims were so thankful they survived a winter and were able to produce a harvest that they celebrated with a special feast. But really Thanksgiving meant a long weekend and a lot of food and family. Continue reading “Finding Your Shehecheyanu: How Thanksgiving is a Jewish Tradition”

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