Coney Island

How I Ended Up as a Brooklyn Tour Guide for a Day

How Anna ended up giving a bus tour of Brooklyn

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Helen Turns 2 in English, Spanish and Hebrew

I can’t believe my first baby girl is already 2! In the beginning of this journey into parenthood I can remember the wise women of the synagogue next door to our apartment shouting, “Enjoy this time! It goes so fast,” as Adrian and I whisked Helen off to the park, to doctor’s appointments, to family […]

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Should Birthdays Be Jewish?

Springtime in my house rarely means flowers and warmer weather – after all, we do live in Maine and snow is still in the forecast. Instead, spring signifies celebration, as April brings both Roxy’s birthday and my birthday. This year she’s hitting the big NINE, a milestone unto itself as it’s the last year my […]

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Birthdays, Hanukkah and Learning to Let Go

I was supposed to celebrate my birthday, which fell on the seventh night of Hanukkah with my husband Cameron and son Sammy. We were going to light the hanukkiah, exchange gifts and go out for a sushi dinner. The plan sounded ideal to me–I love Hanukkah, sushi and spending time with my guys. But the […]

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Two Holidays, Twice the Festivities: But One at a Time

I have always loved the holiday season, and celebrating Hanukkah as an interfaith family brings with it an extra dose of joy. When I was a child, my mother insisted that we wait until after my birthday, which falls in the first week of December, before any celebration of Christmas could commence. She wanted to […]

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Learning to Think Ahead about Holidays

One of the biggest challenges for me as an interfaith spouse and parent has been learning to think ahead about holidays that aren’t part of my own internal calendar. I’m used to many things that return with fall’s cooler temperatures: school schedules, extra-curricular activities, busy lives. Pumpkins, squash, and apples appear at stores and farmers’ markets, […]

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New Traditions & King Cakes

Today’s blog post brings us well into wedding planning process—as well as to a few other relationship landmarks. Last week we celebrated Justin’s birthday, which we do in a traditional (to him, not so much to me) way—with a King Cake. The King Cake is a Mardi Gras custom (Mardi Gras being part of the […]

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Three Tu Bishvat Haggadot

Haggadahs for Tu Bishvat, aimed at little kids, children, and teens / adults.

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My Jewish Journey: Passages

A personal narrative of a woman who nearly lost all faith after the passing of her sister and a landmark birthday, but family and friends reminded her of all that she’d accomplished.

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