Tag Archives: Kiddish

Time to Reflect

  Goodbye, have a great day!” And off they go, to classrooms, to sports practices, to choir, to debate, to music – to school. Education, one of the pillars of our society Filled with promise Study hard, put your best efforts forth, tomorrow will be bright AND THEN….. it’s gone! One burst of gunfire by an angry school mate, by ... Read More »


My grandchildren, ages 3 and 4, were at my house and heard someone use the word party pooper. If you have any experience with preschoolers, you know that this is the best word ever. It is a legitimate word, you can use it to describe people, and it contains the word “poop.” Fifteen minutes of laughter, teasing each other and ... Read More »

Gefilte Fish, Latkes &Tongue, Oh My!

Many of my fondest childhood memories of the ‘60s and ‘70s involve my grandmother’s food. Visiting my Nana, aunt, uncle and cousins meant eating foods we didn’t have at home and stuffing ourselves silly with chopped liver, chicken soup and melt -in-your-mouth kosher meat. When “The Ed Sullivan Show” ended, we’d always leave with some of Nana’s homemade rugelach, though ... Read More »

A Call to Action

As I’ve grown older and experienced more life, I have become increasingly concerned about what responsibilities we, post-Holocaust Jews, bear towards ensuring that all people have access to human rights.  Every time I watch the news, or listen to the radio, I learn about the plight of people across the planet with no access to food, health care, housing, education, ... Read More »

Early Adventures

The Olam Jewish Montessori of Beth Jacob Infant/Toddler environment opened its doors in September 2017. “At Beth Jacob we are very excited about the opening and success of our Olam Infant/Toddler Room. Our mission is to serve the community and provide the infrastructure for a growing and blossoming, engaged Jewish community. The Olam Infant Room, with its incredible program, provided ... Read More »

Spiritually Rich Learning & Living

All learning and living can be like music and art: Spiritually rich experiences. On the journey toward living spiritually, it is helpful to understand the Jewish concept of ‘Lishma.’ ‘Lishma’ is doing something good from a place of internal, rewarding motivation. When I do something Lishma, it feels almost musical. When I do something ‘Lishma,’ I do not desire material ... Read More »

Celebrate Sensitivity

Have you ever made something that you thought was truly wonderful but no one else appreciated? A cake, a painting, a flower arrangement? They failed to tste the mint, or to see the particular hue of the color. Did they make a sarcastic comment? Or was it slightly encouraging but you knew they didn’t appreciate your creation or think it ... Read More »

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