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Looking Back

    My oldest son graduated from the 8th grade last week. His father and I picked this particular school for its academic rigor....

Stay Engaged

    A parent’s role is crucial in supporting their children’s success in school. There are numerous areas of development to consider when considering a...

Rollin’ Solo

I am en route to my family in Allentown, Pennsylvania. My grandfather, nearing 90, is very sick. I am coming for two and a half...

Change in Travel Plans

Getting to and from the airport is sometimes a challenge when we visit my in-laws in Maryland; we are six people and they don’t...

Surf’s Up!

Being an anxious Jewish mother (or any type of mother, for that matter) is a full-time job, and many of us are worn out...

To Infinity and Beyond

    Seventeen years ago, Harold Grinspoon’s vision of PJ Library began to take hold and today over 670 thousand children in thirty-six countries...

Ceremonial Actions

    Last summer, I stood at the edge of a gleaming ocean to watch my 12-year-old son practice his butterfly stroke between the...

“Neshikot”

    “Boker tov,” I repeat after the teacher. I listen as everyone else on the Zoom call repeats the phrase meaning “good morning”...

Summer Fun

I am a camp person through and through. Camp has always been my happy place. For a long time it was the only place I...

Life Lessons Under the Stars

Even though I haven’t technically been a camp counselor for a decade or so, the role has never fully left me. Camp counseloring is...

Is Soda Kosher for Passover?

Is it OK to drink soda on Passover? Well, it depends     Soda is basically water and sugar with additional (usually artificial) flavorings added....

Where To Find Songs for Your Passover Seder

Singing is traditionally a major part of the Passover seder, and it certainly makes for a more festive and participatory celebration. But what if...

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Something New

    Every fall, the air gets cooler, the kids go back to school, and Rosh Hashanah rolls around. The holiday itself celebrates the...

Digging In

    The High Holiday celebrations in the Jewish world are an incredibly hands-on experience.     Even the tiniest active gesture pulls the holiday...

Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur–the Jewish Day of Atonement–is a fast day that follows Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are often called the...

Rosh Hashanah Basics

    Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, a fall holiday that calls for both rejoicing and serious introspection. According to Jewish tradition,...