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Maccabi USA Gymnastics Chair Ben Fox along with Head Coach Paige Nelson are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Gymnastics Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which took place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Maccabi USA brought a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 ... Read More »


Education can never be the same for every learner. Each learner is different and enters the learning environment with different incoming knowledge, background experiences, potential, learning style and capacity to integrate and use the content. Some learners are more experiential, others are more cerebral. There are students who learn by listening and those who learn by reading. There are those ... Read More »


Being able to share this inspirational story, brings happiness to my heart and soul. It is truly a story of courage, selflessness, caring about humanity, Tikkun Olam, chesed, and the very best parental role modelling. As the daughter-in-law of a kidney recipient, I know firsthand how the gift of life can positively impact a family. Catherine Pearlman, a local mother ... Read More »


Undoubtedly, the biggest benefits to camp are friends, fun and memories! However, in addition to dress-up days and water fun, sports, dance, science and play, when we send our children to camp, they also benefit from the opportunity to develop and practice important life skills. Camp offers one of the most powerful learning environments—a place where deep social and emotional ... Read More »


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 »


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 »

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