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CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY

By Ronna Mandel HOW DOES BEING a part of the Jewish community deepen an individual’s experiences? Studies show that connecting and engaging with one another has a positive effect on people. With school starting and the Jewish New Year right around the corner, I asked community members about how they became involved and they see the value in connecting. Robert ... Read More »

THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR

THIS IS MY favorite time of the Jewish calendar, and also my most challenging. Growing up, we didn’t go to Shabbat services regularly or even have shabbat dinners, but we made a big deal of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I can still picture the Post-It notes my mom would put in the various dishes as she was setting up ... Read More »

TURNING THE HOLY DAYS INTO HOLIDAYS

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JEWS ALL OVER the world will usher in Rosh Hashanah, the New Year of 5779, at sundown on Sunday, September 9. This marks the beginning of a 10-day period of serious reflection and introspection. Some of us will mark the occasion by having a quick family dinner and going to synagogue to join with friends and congregants. In some settings ... Read More »

Jewish Education

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THE CORNERSTONE OF high quality early childhood education is that learning is experiential, and that the learning activities include all areas of whole child development. Preschool activities, then, need to span the interrelated areas of social-emotional, physical, cognitive and language development for a child’s optimal growth. What makes a Jewish preschool unique is that the area of moral development also ... Read More »

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