Category Archives: June 2017

Camp Silvergan Israel 

A group of kids fiercely playing a game of Tug O War

Outdoor laser tag.  Giant hamster balls.  A foam pit. Human foosball.  A scooter haven.  An enormous waterslide.  A hockey rink.  After dropping their kids off at Camp Silver Gan Israel this summer and taking a glance at what the camp has to offer, parents may find themselves asking the directors if there are any vacancies for adults. For nine weeks ... Read More »

Simchas and Celebrations

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In this busy and stressful world, we have to look for reasons to pause. Simchas and celebrations provide the perfect excuse.  Stopping everything and taking the time to acknowledge an achievement, an accomplishment, a milestone or a lifecycle event, enriches our lives and elevates those around us. When we take our kids to dinner to mark a great report card, ... Read More »

Traveling with Kids 

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The words “a family vacation” fill some of us with happy anticipation and others of us with dread. The reality is that on any given trip there will be great and not so great moments (think of them as something to laugh over later). There are a few things, however, that you can do that might make things easier. THINK ... Read More »

Kosher Dog!

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Mango is a rescue kitty.  We adopted him 12 years ago.  He likes dressing up in his kitty clothes and enjoys sleeping by the window in the sun.  His favorite thing to do is to get inside a box or bag and spend the day napping.  He also likes to play with his adopted cat siblings.   —Melissa Seidner   ... Read More »

The Knot in My Stomach

A child playing in the sandbox

EVERY MORNING, I tie my son’s clean shoes before school. And every afternoon, I pick him up to find his laces undone and his sneakers full of sand. I make the same joke every other parent makes, “Did you leave any in the sandbox?” Then I dump out the sand, retie the shoes, come home, have him put away his ... Read More »

Twenty-somethings In Israel       

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THE GREAT RECESSION of 2008 broke what was once a taboo for American youth: moving back in with your parents after college.  Now that America is prospering again, I imagine that some of the old stigmas against living at home have returned. In Israel, it continues to be normal to live with your parents at any number of junctures in ... Read More »

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