Tag Archives: Kiddish

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


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 


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!


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 »

Camp B’nai Ruach


Celebrating 20 Years of Providing Kids a Fun, Safe & Jewish Summer Experience This summer will mark the 20th anniversary of Congregation B’nai Israel’s summer day camp, Camp B’nai Ruach.  Located in Tustin, California, Camp B’nai Ruach provides children grades K – 9 a summer experience filled with exciting activities, programs and outings that are guaranteed to strengthen Jewish roots ... Read More »

Jr. Maccabi Games


The Merage Jewish Community Center (JCC) is gearing up once again to play host to more than 150 pre-teen Jewish boys and girls for this year’s Jr. Maccabi Games. Kids, ages 10-12, from Orange County, Los Angeles and Long Beach will enjoy team competitions in swimming, basketball, soccer and tennis, as well as sports journalism. Events will also include an ... Read More »

A Mother’s Day Poem


  “Mom”   By Iris Eliya Cohen Mom would wake up early and start rocking, Changing, Diapering, Washing, Cleaning, Shampooing, Drying, Scrubbing, Ironing, Folding, Baking, Cooking, Peeling, Picking, Steaming, Boiling, Salting, Sweetening, Sorting, Picking the lice out of our hair, Chopping, Grilling, And again cleaning, in between nursing. Till we were two. Go Up, Go Down, Hurry Up, Walk, Run, ... Read More »

Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day makes me think about unconditional love. What a beautiful, selfless gift it is!  In fact, I didn’t grasp the immensity of unconditional love until I gave birth to my first child – my beautiful daughter.  I can truly say that that was the defining moment when I finally understood how much my parents loved me. I realized what ... Read More »

The Four Sons

Children participating at a Passover seder

Anyone who has spent a morning toting a toddler on errands or navigated a strained chat with a teen about technology overuse, has undoubtedly experienced the range of personality traits found among the Four Sons in the Passover haggadah: the Wise, the Wicked, the Indifferent and the Unaware. Passover is a time of deep introspection and reflection, about the world, ... Read More »

PJ Library: The Power of Storytelling 

Sisters Reading Book On Bed

More than any other Jewish holiday, Passover is celebrated in the home with family and friends. And at the core of this celebration is the telling of our story marking the beginning of the journey to peoplehood. The Haggadah is our story book and guide, the seder is the place where it is read, the seder plate holds many of ... Read More »

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