Did You Take Notice?

I struggled with writing this note to you. Another synagogue, another shooting, another person dead and more wounded. First Pittsburgh, then New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and now, Poway, a short distance away from San Diego. Ma nishtana? What’s different?

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Talking to Children About Events in Pittsburgh and Anti-Semitism

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff shares advice for talking with kids in the wake of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh

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Rosh Hashanah Cheat Sheet

Our Rosh Hashanah cheat sheet to the rescue

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6 Ways to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah if You’re not Attending Services

6 ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah outside synagogue

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High Holy Days with Kids Cheat Sheet

A quick primer on celebrating the Jewish new year with kids

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I Was the Loca Lady at My Baby’s Naming

I never thought I would be the crazy lady in synagogue. But here we are

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How I Came to Embrace My Important Role in Judaism

Why my role as a Japanese American convert to Judaism is invaluable

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My Jewish-American, Mexican-Catholic Daughter Speaks with a British Accent…and It’s All My Fault

My Jewish-American, Mexican-Catholic daughter speaks with a British accent

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Converting Meant Adding Judaism, Not Losing Japanese

My journey to Judaism started long before I met my now-husband Bryan, but my interest in it deepened because of him and his Jewish heritage. I’ve always been interested in learning about my Japanese heritage, so when Bryan and I started discussing our future together, I was quietly interested in conversion early on.

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What Moved Me in the New Year

I hope your Jewish holidays this year were good. Despite all of the bad news in the world, my holidays were excellent. They ended with the first grade consecration of my oldest grandchild on erev Simchat Torah at Temple Sinai in Brookline, Massachusetts. The rabbi had all of the children present at the service sit […]

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