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High Holy Days with Kids Cheat Sheet

A quick primer on celebrating the Jewish new year with kids


Things Toddlers Say At Services

With the drama of the High Holidays receding into the past, I find myself thinking about the charms and challenges of bringing a toddler to synagogue services. This past summer, our family moved to a different, nearby suburb, one that’s full of as many synagogues as we could reasonably hope to shop around. With the business […]


The Bathroom Is My New Synagogue

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bathroom lately. Let me explain: We’re potty training our twins. This past weekend I was in the bathroom every 20 minutes begging, pleading, praying for my kiddos to use the potty. We didn’t always leave that room excited and hopeful, but when we did it was […]


The Imbalance of a Working Mom

“Mama! Mama!” “Hold on sweetheart, mama needs to send an email.” “Mama, book!” “One minute baby, I really need to type something!” Thankfully my boss understands when my emails have random letters and characters written in them since he also has a young child. Being a working mom is hard, but it’s also incredibly fulfilling. […]

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Coming Clean with Your Toddler on Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat is a really beautiful holiday; a new year for the trees. It is a time to think about the earth, and to celebrate the many ways it nourishes us. It is also a good time to think about Israel, a place where it might actually be reasonable to plant a tree right now (as […]


Celebrating the High Holy Days with Kids

With suggestions for sharing the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with kids of all ages, from talking points and crafts to getting through services.