Category Archives: April 2019

Meaning & Matzah

Once again, I am going overseas for Pesach to see my children, leaving the husband behind. Because I love him, I prepare the house for Passover so he doesn’t have to play the Wandering Jew. Tired from cleaning before starting, I asked myself, “Why am doing this again? Who decided that an observant Jewish woman has to be the Korban ... Read More »


Warning: Please be advised that there might be some information in this article that may offend some people, scare others, comfort some moms. This certainly does not contain any correct medical information whatsoever. What I’m about to tell you is strictly my experience—I’ve learned that’s all I can go off right now. Holden Benjamin Fein is 4 months today and ... Read More »

Passsover at Grandma’s

My personal memory that most symbolizes Passover is the Yellow Pages phone book. Two volumes—one per child—placed atop the formal,wider, seats of Grandma’s dining room chairs—comprised mid-Century booster seats. From the hemlines of usually matching Yom Tov sister dresses sprouted leotarded, patent leather-tipped feeslach. I loved Pesach—Breakstone butter on Matzah with dairy meals,wonderful chicken soup and kneidlach for the sedarim ... Read More »

United We Stand?

In last November’s elections, two new Jew-haters entered Congress: Rashida Tlaib, representing a Michigan district with anti-Semitic roots dating back to Henry Ford’s weekly newspaper, the Dearborn Independent publication, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, representing Keith Ellison’s former district. Initially, Ms. Tlaib’s comments and tweets against Israel garnered more attention, but Rep. Omar since has outdistanced her and emerged as ... Read More »

Women in Pesach

I remember how excited I was to attend my first women’s seder when I was a teenager. It was a revolutionary concept in the late 1970s: women taking charge of the rituals and adding their modern flare to an ancient text. But what inspired me far more than hearing women lead kiddush over the four cups of wine was discovering ... Read More »

Jlife Extra

From recognition to tikkun olam, from Passover seders to Yom HaShoah commemorations, April is an exciting month for the Orange County Jewish community. For your convenience, we have separated the two days of seders from the other community events. Please contact the sponsoring organizations for details.   Monday, April 1 6 pm Friendship Circle Evening of Recognition The Beckman Center ... Read More »

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Eighteen years ago, I was the mom of a toddler, running around ensuring my only child had all the life experiences that would ensure he grows up to be extraordinary at whatever he wanted to be. Can you appreciate that in order to “allow” our kids to become who they want to be, there is a strong tendency to sign ... Read More »

Embrace Kindness

Watching the Newport Beach “swastika” incident play out was very troubling to me. As a mother of grown children myself, I totally understand that sometimes teenagers do stupid things, get carried away, and follow the crowd without thinking, and that high school children’s brains are not fully developed. However, the fact that so many high schoolers feel that this type ... Read More »

All Aboard!

Thirty-five Jewish teens from Orange County School of the Arts, TVT Community Day School, The Waldorf School, Woodbridge High School and more on a sunset cruise from Lido Village to celebrate the forthcoming Purim holiday. Breakfast-for- Dinner was served with a ‘pajama costume only’ dress code. Teens enjoyed live DJ music, henna tattoos by local artist Erica Wolfsen, a build-your-own ... Read More »

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