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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 26, 2017

Wait … I Can’t Say What to My Kids?

When I was pregnant with my son Asher, who is nearing 4, I carefully plotted out the type of parent I wanted to be. I calculated what I’d look like as “mommy” based on many things, including how I saw friends parent their children and how my own parents had parented me. One aspect of parenting I was very sure I would master with the peace and serenity of Yoda was punishment and negotiation. But in reality, my parenting style…

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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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August 31, 2017

Bee-yond the Honey

With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the delicious, dynamic duo of apples and honey! My mouth begins to salivate when I think of tasting all my favorite Jewish New Year treats: apples and honey, apple-honey cake, sweetened round challah, and even more honey all on its own. My sweet tooth is one happy camper when it comes to this Jewish holiday, and I’m sure your kiddos are a big fan, too. Before indulging…

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July 18, 2017

Paper Plates & Shalom Bayit: Hosting Our Baal Teshuva Family

My religious sister-in-law—who lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six beautiful children—called us this spring: “Wouldn’t it be so fun if we road-tripped to come visit you guys in Denver?” Our first feeling was excitement and anticipation, thinking about all of the amazing summer activities the cousins could do together in our beautiful town. Quickly following the excitement came the apprehension: How would we make accommodations in our home comfortable for their very different lifestyle and religious observance?…

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Hebrew School Reflections

Now that it is summer, I have been thinking about the successes and failures of the past school year. In addition to attending a Boulder charter school, last year our oldest son attended Shabbat school for the first time. After going to his regular school all day, five days a week, he resisted going to more school to learn Hebrew. And conforming to what I understand is the rule rather than the exception, he tried to get out of it…

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Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child and Family

Choosing a preschool is stressful. Often this is the first time your child is in someone else’s care or away from you for an extended amount of time. Adding to that stress, in some communities the competition to send your child to the “best” preschool is fierce, motivating parents to put their child on a waitlist the moment the child is born. The decision is not just about the child it is about the parents, too. Preschool is a place…

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