Tag Archives: Kiddish

EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS

When we think of “celebrations,” we may automatically think of bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and graduations. But in a life of contentment and meaning, celebrations aren’t reserved for the social hall. Celebrating everyday moments, even in our hectic lives, connects us to each other and allows us to fully appreciate the experiences of today. After all, we only get one chance ... Read More »

MOMENT BY MOMENT

Proponents of mindfulness tell us not to dwell in the past, revisiting traumatic or difficult times, and not to imagine the future, envisioning what may or may not come our way, but to focus on the now and to live “in the moment.” We have come to the end of the school year. Report cards are around the corner. Our ... 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 »

Practicing Mindfulness

I can’t smell cinnamon rolls without thinking about my grandmother baking sweet pecan sticky buns in our kitchen. Just catching a whiff of a familiar scent, our brain can transport us back in time, connecting smells to people, places, or experiences from various times of our lives. We can utilize this powerful phenomenon to connect us with the wonders of ... Read More »

Choosing “The Right” Preschool

At this point the evidence is conclusive; preschool provides greater opportunity for long term success. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Children in high quality preschools display stronger language, cognitive, and social skills.” A new study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, lead researcher Dr. Dana Charles McCoy, advocates ”there is increasing evidence that social-emotional skills may play ... Read More »

Building Relationships

On Tuesday morning, February 5th, University Synagogue hosted a community cultural concert. Chamber Music OC presented an interactive, engaging, and carefully crafted program, performed by highly talented and gifted young artists. The concert was attended by 425 community members, including Holocaust Survivors through Cafe’ Europa, Heritage Pointe residents, students from El Sol Elementary School in Santa Ana, participants in the ... Read More »

HEALTH, WELLNESS & GARDENING

Helping children connect to the environment is critical to their wellbeing. As children spend time simply exploring a garden through different hands-on activities, they have multiple opportunities to foster a connection with the environment Children naturally learn about the seasons through the cycles of planting, growing, and harvesting of plants. Through lessons they learn where the food comes from and ... Read More »

LOVE AND HAPPINESS

When I peek back at my Jewish memories, I see candles, smell chicken soup, taste brisket, crave challah, laugh with my cousins, drink grape juice, eat kugel, and surround myself in love and happiness.   As my mom and bubbe lit candles, my heart would swell, the warm light would usher in the peace of Shabbat. We sat, we washed, ... Read More »

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