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MAMA MIA!

While the delicious smell of baking challah emanates from every crook and cranny of our preschool each Thursday; while we light candles, teach Hebrew and dress up during Purim; while we incorporate Jewish traditions in our school every day—some of our strongest Jewish values are, in fact, reflected in an Italian teaching philosophy, Reggio-Emilio. Founded shortly after World War II, ... Read More »

MOMENT BY MOMENT

Proponents of mindfulness tell us not to dwell in the past, revisiting traumatic or difficult times, and not to imagine the future, envisioning what may or may not come our way, but to focus on the now and to live “in the moment.” We have come to the end of the school year. Report cards are around the corner. Our ... Read More »

The Importance of Community

After the Jews left Mitzrayim and wandered through the desert, they were free. They no longer belonged to slave owners who forced them to work. They became part of the greater Jewish community—wandering together through the desert, trying to find their way, dependent upon one another for food, survival and hope. This was the start of Jewish communal life. The ... Read More »

Cultural Refresh

The start of a new year. . A brand new beginning. Time to do something new and different. Time to stretch and grow. Perhaps this is the year to introduce culture into your child’s life. Take him to an art gallery, to see the ballet, to enjoy the symphony. Speak about the beauty of the picture, the way the light ... Read More »

Lessons in Chill

So often we verbalize our frustration at the little inconveniences that life brings us. The car who cut us off while merging into the next lane, the lady who is in front of us at the grocery store with an overflowing cart, the customer service rep who needs to pass you on to his supervisor. Our children witness our frustration ... Read More »

Gettin’ Messy- Dance in the rain, jump in a puddle

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to jump into puddles. Now I know that we live in Southern California and it hardly ever rains, but humor me and come along for a wet and messy journey through the rain. Imagine for a moment that it’s pouring outside, the grass is soaked (I’m dreaming, but that’s ... Read More »

Community

After the Jews left Mitzrayim and wandered through the desert, they were free. They no longer belonged to slave owners who forced them to work. They became part of the greater Jewish community—wandering together through the desert, trying to find their way, dependent upon one another for food, survival and hope. This was the start of Jewish communal life. The ... Read More »

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