Tag Archives: Kiddish

Saying Goodbye

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GENERALLY, WHEN YOUR child asks you a question about death, it follows the loss of someone or some animal who was part of your life. Not only is it difficult to discuss death with your children at any time, it is much more complicated when dealing with your own emotional upheaval or loss. Are you sure what happens after death? ... Read More »

Entertaining Children


  THIS MONTH’S JLIFE theme is arts and entertainment. We are blessed to live in an area that has a wide array of museums and formal events geared toward children of all ages. However, there are times we need to step back and think about what it means to “entertain” children. Children have a natural curiosity about the world around ... Read More »

That’s Entertainment

  WHILE PREGNANT WITH triplets I was already thinking about how we were possibly going to afford college. In brainstorming options I looked into 529 college savings plans and show business. One was definitely more grounded in thought than the other. A 529 plan, with reoccurring contributions, would grow at a steady pace with limited risk. However, exploring the world ... Read More »

Teaching Compassion

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AT WEIZMANN DAY SCHOOL, the staff works hard to foster compassion in the community. Toward this end, Weizmann proudly partnered with PJTC and B’nai Simcha in October to help local refugee families from the Middle East and Africa. Kristin Burke, founder of Second Families (an organization that helps ease the transition to the U.S. for refugee families), met with our ... Read More »

How to Grow A Mensch


  HOW DO WE grow a mensch? Inspire a generation of mensches? The Torah responds unequivocally: through education. We pass Jewish teachings from generation to generation to perpetuate a legacy of derech eretz, the value system that is imbued with Torah and secular education along with personal growth, self-discovery and insight into human relationships; values that our parents, grandparents and ... Read More »

Kosher Dog


THIS IS STANLEY SILVERMAN, he is our 3-year-old rescue lab. This is a picture of him having his Bark Mitzvah at a park in our neighborhood. He loves to swim and run through the waves at the beach.  He is happy and in charge of saying “Hello” to everyone he meets, people and fur friends alike. He currently stars in ... Read More »

Praise-worthy Praise

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“YOU ARE SO SMART!” my friend said to her 11-year-old the other day. I didn’t blink an eye. We’ve all said it. It was the boy’s response that surprised me. With a look that screamed “duh!” he told her, “That’s like me saying ‘wow, congratulations, you’re tall.’” Children learn to see through parental over exuberance, discounting compliments as a matter ... Read More »

Mission Possible


OCTOBER’S THEME OF Welcoming the New Fall Season inspired me to reach out to Mary Clark, CEO of Agents of Discovery to find out how, with autumn’s arrival, parents and children could seamlessly switch from pools to parks. Clark’s company, “an educational technology platform that facilitates the gamification of information,” is a mobile gaming app designed to get kids enthusiastic ... Read More »

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