Tag Archives: Kiddish

A Community for Us at Gan Katan


My husband, Seth,  and I grew up in traditional Jewish families. Growing up, we loved celebrating Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. We knew when our son, Ethan, was born that we would strive to ensure that he receive a similar upbringing. I was extremely lucky that when we relocated to the San Gabriel Valley a friend told me about Gan Katan ... Read More »

14th Annual Daniel Pearl Concert


Weizmann Day School kicked off another exciting school year on August 29.  For those of you who do not know us, Weizmann is a small, K-8 Jewish day school located on the campus of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center (PJTC).  We are the only Jewish day school between the San Fernando Valley and Las Vegas.  We pride ourselves on being ... Read More »

PJ Library

Child holding a crayon thank you sign standing against white background

  How often do we say thank you? How many times during the day do we utter these words and to whom? When someone opens a door? When a waiter delivers food to your table? When you receive change at the super market?  The words just slip out of our mouths effortlessly to dozens of strangers pretty much all of ... Read More »

Sorry, Not Sorry!

Portrait of writer Jennifer Schlosberg Lehr, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

Parenting is never easy. And teaching youngsters how to get along with others may be one of the hardest parts of raising a child. Many parents feel compelled to force their child to apologize as a way to quickly wrap up an uncomfortable incident. I spoke to Jennifer Lehr, author of “ParentSpeak: What’s Wrong with How We Talk to Our ... Read More »

Twice Exceptional Students Another Kind of Giftedness


What do Curie, Da Vinci and Einstein have in common? They’re all believed to have been “twice-exceptional (2e).” Twice-exceptional people are defined as gifted in combination with one or more of the following learning disabilities or special needs: • Dyslexia • Visual or auditory processing issues • Sensory-processing disorder • Anxiety and/or depression • Tourette’s or Asperger’s Syndrome • Autism ... Read More »

PJ Library

Smiling and cheerful schoolgirls reading a book together at school

PJ Library, the flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, delivers more than 170,000 free Jewish children’s books and music CDs throughout the United States and Canada each month, including 550 families in the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys. Books are sent to children ages six months through eight years, with each subscriber receiving a title carefully selected for ... Read More »

Why Choose a Jewish Preschool?

Brother and sister studying the Aleph Bet together

There’s such a lot to consider when families are looking for a preschool.  For Jewish families, it’s sometimes a dilemma whether enrollment in a Jewish preschool is the right choice for them. We have many high quality early childhood programs in the Pomona-San Gabriel Valleys for families to choose from.  The range of early childhood centers include non-profits, campus child ... Read More »

New Beginnings

I remember the anticipation of starting school again in the fall. There was excitement about seeing friends again and getting all those new school clothes as one inevitably had a summer growth spurt. There was a little nervousness about meeting a new teacher. There was some relief that the overly long summer vacation was over and a routine would again ... Read More »

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