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December 22, 2017

Hope Inspires Growth

Earlier this week, I received a 3 cube inspirational calendar that has different words on it that can be mixed and matched. Before opening the packaging, the very first combination I saw said “Hope Inspires Growth.” I was taken aback by this combination because it truly encompasses this time of year and the work we have done with MazelTogether. Hope First of all, I hope that you all have a very Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Earlier today,…

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December 19, 2017

What An Interfaith Family Looks Like: Meet the Seaton Wisman Family

Meet Mindi Wisman and Dan Seaton. Living in Boulder, Mindi is a social worker and Dan is a physicist. Together with their kids, ages six and three, they enjoy exploring the mountains, going out for pizza, and spending time with extended family. Mindi is Jewish, Dan is Lutheran, and they are raising their kids with both traditions. While some questions remain unanswered, one thing they know is that they love celebrating holidays from both of their religions with their children….

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December 14, 2017

Dayeinu: The Winter Edition

Winter is dark and cold. As Jews, we’ve already done our big holidays in the fall, yet now the secular world is calling on us to get into the holiday spirit once again. Spring feels far away… But it might not be too early to say Dayeinu… again… If we’d just had to apologize for everything we did last year… Dayeinu. Now, just four months later, we’re tasked with embarking on New Year’s resolutions.   If we’d had to fast…

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November 13, 2017

What an interfaith family looks like: Meet The Atkins Family

Meet the Atkins family. Amy, 44, is a teacher and Todd, 38, is a product manager. They are raising their six-year-old daughter, Lily, in Boulder. Amy grew up in a close-knit Jewish community in the South and is very active in Boulder’s Jewish community. While Todd grew up with exposure to both Jewish and Christian traditions, he does not currently identify with any religion. As for Lily, in Amy’s words, they are striving to raise her “to be open and…

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November 2, 2017

Rethinking Sunday School

In my role as education director, I often talk with parents about their own experiences in religious school or their children’s experiences.  The children and adults who tell me that they love or loved religious school are definitely the outliers in these conversations (my husband happens to be one of them). My own experience with religious school seems much more normative- I really hated going and would use basically any excuse to get out of attending.  When I knew that…

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October 29, 2017

NO TRICKS, JUST TREATS: A history of giving candy in the synagogue

The first time I experienced Jewish candy – not gelt, but real candy – I was crouching behind an uncle’s sport jacket as pieces of hard, sucking candy pummeled the bimah at my Bat Mitzvah. The cantor, who was standing next to me in front of an open Torah, leaned in and whispered, “Get me a butterscotch.” I felt confused until I saw kids from all directions rushing toward me, greedy palms opened. I think I grabbed two peppermints, three…

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September 19, 2017

Why Is Rosh Hashanah In The Middle Of The Year?

Have you ever wondered why the Jewish New Year is smack dab in the middle of the Hebrew calendar? No? Me neither, not until recently. For me, Rosh Hashanah arrived when the apples were ready for picking. But then I had kids who ask a lot of questions and I realized I needed to be better informed. So, I called Rabbi Marc Soloway of Bonai Shalom in Boulder. Rosh Hashanah is on the first (and second) day of Tishrei, which…

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September 12, 2017

The Days of Awe

Two weeks ago I traveled to Salem, Oregon with my family to see the solar eclipse, or, as my three-year-old described it, to see the moon take a big, Big, BIG bite out of the sun. The moon did indeed gobble up the sun for about two minutes of spectacular totality and it was, in every sense of the word, awesome. My husband is a solar physicist and studying total solar eclipses is part of his research, so this was…

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September 6, 2017

Jell-O, Acceptance, and the High Holidays

It’s September, which means it’s both my birthday month and the month of Elul, leading up to the High Holidays, redemption, the books of life and death, and all of the festivities and deep prayer that comes along with them. Typically, this is the precise time of year where the lines of prayer are wide open and Jews the world over focus on personal reflection and spiritual preparation.   And this Jew? I’m swimming in Jell-O.   Every year around…

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August 31, 2017

The Price of Spiritual Accounting

The month of Elul, the current Hebrew month in the lunar calendar, is when we traditionally prepare ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We do our personal cheshbon hanefesh – spiritual accounting. We are actively introspective, reflecting on the past year and setting our goals for the next. I once wrote out all of my Jewish-life-related goals on post-it notes and put them up around my room during the month of Elul. It was strange, but it served as a daily…

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August 3, 2017

Gratitude and the Drama of Traveling with Kids

When a kid (or two) are in tow, I’m destined to have terrible luck at airport security, and it doesn’t matter which country I’m in. The amazing thing is, after countless airport security breakdowns and subsequent bathroom crying sessions, a recent trip actually allowed me to provide another mother with something I never received myself. I recently flew to the UK with my husband, 3.5-year-old son, and 1-year-old daughter for my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday. Aside from the fact that I…

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August 1, 2017

Three Reasons I’m Joining A Synagogue

My husband and I are thrilled by the prospect of dropping our oldest daughter off at religious school each week for three blessed hours. (No pun intended.) The idea that in just two years her little sister will be old enough to join her delights us beyond measure. The idea of brunch, a hike, a bike ride, or just being in our house without little voices shrieking and asking for snacks calls to mind the delicious, unencumbered Sunday mornings we used…

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