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February 2, 2018

What An Interfaith Family Looks Like: Meet the Miculka Family

Aimee and Adam Miculka live in Colorado, where they are raising their one-year-old son, Levi. Though they are new to parenthood, they’ve given a lot of thought to how they’d like their interfaith family to practice religion. Currently working in education, Aimee was raised Jewish in an interfaith family. Adam, who is a student, was raised Catholic but doesn’t identify with any religion. Together, they are committed to raising little Levi as a Jew. I caught up with them to…

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December 20, 2017

Chanukah Reflections After Eight Crazy Nights

Though Chanukah is considered a minor holiday in Judaism, there was nothing minor about it in my family as I grew up.  Chanukah was the most special and magical holiday!  In all of the noise and chaos of growing up in a family with four kids, Chanukah was an oasis of tranquility.  Every evening, for eight nights in a row, my whole family found a way to be together, to prioritize spending time with each other above everything else in…

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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 12, 2017

December Lights: Reconciling my Non-Jewish Childhood for my Jewish Kids

It’s December, my favorite time of year. I like to think I have reverse seasonal affective disorder — I love cold, cloudy weather. I love snow and layering and giant chunky sweaters and hot drinks. I love winter, glittering lights, and everything that comes along with this time of year.   When I was a child, this time of year was the one time of year that I truly felt like my family was fully in-sync. We’d get out the…

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December 6, 2017

The Non-Tradition Tradition

When we re-imagined MazelTogether to what it is in its current form, we set out to be a different “Jewish” organization. We knew that this meant that we were going to be pushing the envelope on how community can and should be defined and we feel that we have done this over the last year through our peer-to-peer gatherings, newsletters, and articles written by community members on our blog. As we prepared for the holiday season and approached our wonderful…

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December 4, 2017

December Dilemma and the BIG Lie

I remember the day well: where I was, how the hallway smelled, what I was wearing (jeans and a short sleeve shirt tucked in), and what I felt when I first heard the news. It was like a black cloud of slime coming out of the older kid’s mouth and sticking itself to a reality I wasn’t ready to face: Darth Vader is Luke’s father. I mean, I was devastated. My parents had finally given approval for me to see…

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November 29, 2017

Visiting Christmas

As a child, we rarely lived in an area with a large Jewish population. While I was born in NYC, we moved around from the time I was about seven for my father’s job. The first response I always get to that statement is the question, “Oh was he military?” and I always say, “sort of, he’s a rabbi.” My father’s rabbinical jobs took us to a college town then a tiny vacation/snow bird town in Florida. Needless to say,…

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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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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 14, 2017

11 Ways to Keep Your #SukkahStyle on Point

It’s that time of year again… You’ve inventoried your sins, made your apologies, and eaten all the apples and honey. Now you’re ready to relax in your sukkah. Or if you’re like me, you’re hoping to score an invite to someone else’s sukkah because every year Sukkot sneaks up on you and every year you PROMISE you’re going to put a reminder in your calendar to SERIOUSLY BUILD A SUKKAH next year. If you’re one of those organized people for…

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