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July 17, 2018

Sleep-Away Camp Survival Guide

My nine-year-old has been away at sleep-away camp for exactly one, extremely long week. I have one more week to go. I’m not sure I will make it … I miss him terribly. But there is also this odd agony that I have never experienced before — The Not Knowing. As a mom, I know everything, ALL of the time. I have been the ALL KNOWING mom since before he was even born. I knew I was having a boy….

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June 20, 2018

To What End?

Recently my family was watching an old episode of Shark Tank. This episode happened to focus on an entrepreneur who creates realistic artificial tissues, organs, and whole bodies for surgical training and other purposes. He was about to receive an offer when he said, “I’m not at all interested in making money. Medical training is important. It’s a way to save lives.” The Sharks were dumbfounded. Shaking their heads, they questioned the entrepreneur’s ability to be an effective businessman. The…

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June 11, 2018

Education Through Osmosis

Despite the fact that I am by no account a scientist—I became a rabbi for a reason—I have certain profound memories of the science that I learned in middle school, while sitting in the science lab trailer near the JCC tennis courts at what was then known as Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy. I learned how the sun is a mass of incandescent gas—a gigantic nuclear furnace where hydrogen is stored into helium at temperatures of millions of degrees. And I…

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June 6, 2018

Would You Call Moses Cute?

I love words. They are my power tool of choice. They enlighten, they elevate emotion, they play show-and-tell. They can defame, diminish and destroy, too, which is why a well-placed word is the best salve or sword. Of all the words in the English language, my least favorite is “cute.” To me, cute falls more on the blade than the blessing side of vernacular. Throughout my life, I took great offense when someone called me or something I did ‘cute.’…

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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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