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Advice & Consent

May I make a suggestion? No, really. I am seeking your consent to offer a criticism couched as helpful advice. I picked up the term of art, advice and consent,” in the context of the U.S. Senate judicial confirmation hearings. While in that venue, advice and consent refers to a Congressional role, I believe it has wider application in our ... Read More »

Dignity, Respect & Dedication

Bonnie Curkin, the founder of Bubbe & Zayde’s Place, is no stranger to helping the elderly or to giving a voice to those who cannot be heard. Growing up in a household where her grandmother lived, she was expected not only to help her grandmother but to give the same sense of dignity and respect to elderly neighbors. Curkin’s mother ... Read More »

Let’s Play More

Consider the following imagining found in the Talmud [Avodah Zarah 3b]: “Rav Yehuda says, there are twelve hours in a day. The first three-hours G-d sits and learns the Torah, the second three-hours he sits and judges the world. The third three- hours G-d feeds the entire world… the fourth three-hour period G-d plays with the Leviathan as it is ... Read More »

Reflections on a Tattooed Jew

I used to do a double-take if I saw a woman with “sleeves,” tattoos all the way up and down her arms. A neck tattoo was something you might see if you visited a prison, nowhere else. But now it is a part of my daily rhythm to interact with employable, contributing members of society who seem to be covered ... Read More »

Between High Holy Days and Hanukkah

      November 2018  Open houses and celebrations highlight November By Ilene Schneider   As the Jewish calendar heads toward an early Hanukkah (still the 25th of Kislev, but early in December), local synagogues and organizations are celebrating milestones and showing the community what they have to offer. Get dressed up for a gala, have a fun evening, support ... Read More »

Bar Mitzvah Party Time

Having a Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a rite of passage for the young Jewish lady or man and is rich with tradition, but that does not mean you can’t think outside of the box when it comes to themes. Many times, going for something unique or putting a new twist on an old favorite is the key to making ... Read More »

Lessons in Chill

So often we verbalize our frustration at the little inconveniences that life brings us. The car who cut us off while merging into the next lane, the lady who is in front of us at the grocery store with an overflowing cart, the customer service rep who needs to pass you on to his supervisor. Our children witness our frustration ... Read More »

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