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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...

Passover 101

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is an eight-day spring holiday that celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. The Story     According to tradition, the Israelites...

Mental Health

No doubt about it: Being a teen is tough. On top of your everyday teen struggles, you may have questions about your own mood...

A Watchful Eye

When it comes to kids, Instagram has been in the news quite a bit lately — and not in a good way. Its parent...

Twisted Family Fun

Challah dough is incredibly versatile. You can make the perfect loaf for Shabbat dinner and then transform the leftovers into French toast for Sunday...

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In Memoriam- Mighty Mensch-Polly Sloan was an icon of Jewish Orange County

“When Polly Sloan (1925-2022) died in her Monarch Beach home on May 31 at age 97, it wasn’t only the end of an era;...

News & Jews- A California university will rename a library building previously named after a Nazi sympathizer

The California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to remove the name of an unrepentant antisemite and Nazi sympathizer from the main library...

Orange County’s Jewish History- The (Jewish) Godmother of Latin American Art

It might seem a bit odd, but the person who single-handedly introduced modern Latin American art as a legitimate field of study was not,...

Well Seasoned

If ever a cuisine may be said to be misunderstood, it must be Indian. “Too spicy” some people will say, or “I don’t like...