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Why I am Hopeful

Listen to the musn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.— Shel Silverstein It will be mid-summer by the time this issue reaches your homes, in the strangest year in recent history. We are grappling with a ... Read More »

Making Teshuva

The Torah couldn’t be clearer: We are ALL created B’tzelem Elohim – in the image of G-d. What does that mean? It means that every one of us is entitled to live and die with dignity, to be treated with respect, and to have our basic human needs met. The events over the last month or so have compounded to ... Read More »


In this time of uncertainty, amid the coronavirus pandemic, families are faced with difficult decisions when it comes to deciding whether or not to hold a virtual simcha (celebration), or to postpone it, and celebrate later when close family and friends can participate. Across the country and world, people are becoming increasingly creative in finding ways to celebrate and bring ... Read More »


Parents have played a much larger role in their children’s learning, while navigating the stressors of work, home life and a global pandemic. Understandably, parents are feeling a great deal of uncertainty. With many students facing a summer of “catch up” and many fall school schedules still in limbo, how can parents balance distance learning and their own work-from-home schedules ... Read More »


COVID-19 has impacted everyone in countless ways: in ways we are struggling with now, and ways we have yet to uncover. It has also forced us to reflect on our beliefs and assumptions, including those regarding how we are educating our children. As educators, our primary goal has been to prepare the next generation for success in facing “real life ... Read More »


Once upon a time in Orange County, California, the people were quarantined due to a virus. Forced to stay home and socially distance from anyone not living with them caused the families to create imaginative adventures. Here’s just one… After packing a small overnight bag with comfortable clothes, a swimsuit, cosmetics and medication, the children (including adult children who were ... Read More »


Summertime conjures up joyful images of lemonade stands, splashing at the beach and family vacations. It can also stir up anxiety for parents, as we feel dependent on the structure of the school year to keep our children meaningfully engaged. If that’s how you’re feeling, then take a deep breath and let’s rethink those long summer days filled with downtime. ... Read More »

Challenging Times

As I write this article, an entire suburb north of NYC has been placed under a mandatory quarantine. They are contained, enforced by the National Guard. Food and medicine is being brought in. Our children aren’t immune to what they hear on the playground, overhear on the news, or pick up from adult discussions. Large gatherings have been canceled or ... Read More »

A Modern Seder

As we sit down to the seder this year, let us remember to talk about the Passover Seders we have had before. Let us share stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends and let us pay tribute to those who brought us to this place, but are no longer with us to share in the seder. It is ... Read More »

Celebrate Each Day!

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” —Nelson Mandela Waking up every morning is cause for celebration! A brand new day, filled with sunshine (or inclement weather), food, human interaction and often, love. We are truly blessed to experience the beauty of each new day, to ... Read More »

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