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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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January 16, 2018

6 books to read with your kids this Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat literally means the fifteenth day of the Jewish month of Shevat. The name of this minor Jewish holiday is somehow very specific yet so vague. So don’t judge this little gem of a holiday by its name. Tu B’Shevat celebrates the birthday of the trees. This is not only a concept little ones can easily get behind (did someone say cake and party favors!?) but it is also accurate. It is the earliest time of year when trees…

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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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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 10, 2017

Finding Gratitude In Your Kids’ Threats To Your Sanity

When parents think of the things we’re grateful for, our kids generally make the top of the list. That said, when your kids are begging you to make the snack that you are in the middle of making, or when you notice the “creative” way in which they’ve taken a ballpoint pen to the couch cushions… that river of gratitude suddenly dries right up. We’ve all been there. With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought it might be helpful to “reframe” the…

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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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The Great Big Challah Bake – Colorado

Join with hundreds of Jewish women from across the community (and thousands more across the world) as we knead together, inspire one another, and celebrate the power of unity. Discover the technique of challah making from scratch and the mystique of this uniquely feminine time-honored tradition, and take home two ready-to-bake loaves for your own Shabbos table. Ticket prices go up on October 13th so register early! Doors open: 6:30pm Program: 7:00-9:00pm

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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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September 13, 2017

Teaching Atonement to Basically Good Kids

For many folks nowadays, Yom Kippur doesn’t make all that much sense. We have a science-based understanding of cause and effect, like, just one example, meteorology. Sacrificing a goat and starving ourselves for a year of non-lethal weather doesn’t add up these days (although if it could have prevented Harvey and Irma I’d be fasting every other day). While I value the opportunity to focus on morality, responsibility, and justice for 24 hours a year, I struggle to explain the…

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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 5, 2017

How to Apologize Like a Pro

I’m sorry if I hurt you. I want you to know, I didn’t mean anything by it. If you were offended by what I did, I am sorry. I’m sorry you took what I was saying too seriously. While the above statements are by definition apologies, they aren’t good ones. In life, you can get away with a “less authentic” version of many things… Matzoh ball soup from a mix, store bought birthday cake, and generic cereal come to mind….

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