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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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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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June 26, 2017

Summertime Shabbat: A Time For Connection and Learning

Summer has arrived! These days the sun sets very late in the day, meaning it’s difficult to convince your three-year old that it’s actually bedtime… (You’re kidding, you want me to go to sleep now??? The sun is blasting through my window!) The long summer days also mean that the observance of Shabbat equals an extremely long time without the use of cellphones, televisions or cars. Shabbat starts at Sundown on Friday night and ends about 25 hours later, an…

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Couples | Kids | Tots
June 6, 2017

The Magical WAZE of Positive Reinforcement

To be totally honest, I have a love-hate relationship with my WAZE navigating app. When they featured Morgan Freeman as a voice directing me to my destination, my occasional late night drives to Boulder or Fort Collins didn’t seem so long and lonesome. But then, out of the blue, when Morgan disappeared from the app, I became agitated and disenchanted with WAZE. Then, when giving them another chance and stumbling upon T-Pain, who apparently is a well-known singer, I was…

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Babies | Couples | Kids | Tots
January 19, 2017

Flipping The Negative: A Positive New Year’s Resolution

Winter break is over and the kids are back to school which usually brings the time to think about New Year’s resolutions.  I always make the same ones; exercise more, eat healthier, spend more time keeping up with what my kids are learning.  But this year I want to try something new. I want to be more positive and aware of negative thoughts and actions which can slip easily into my mind, however they are easily avoidable. We often do…

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