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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 »

Bar Mitzvah Party Time

Having a Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a rite of passage for the young Jewish lady or man and is rich with tradition, but that does not mean you can’t think outside of the box when it comes to themes. Many times, going for something unique or putting a new twist on an old favorite is the key to making ... 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 »

Coming Down the Mountain

It comes to reaching the top of Masada, the ancient remains of King Herod’s fortress built in 30 BC on a plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, you are either among the “trammers” or the ‘“climbers.” The trammers pay to take the enjoyable cable-car. It’s a 2:23 minute relaxing ride up. The climbers are the ones who take the Snake Path ... Read More »


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 »



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 »


Choosing the best school for the family is one of the most important decisions that parents must make. Parents often consider many factors. These might include quality of academics, arts offerings, teaching philosophy, location, student/teacher ratio, and many more. Some parents choose a Jewish school for their children. Often this is because of the values that are taught in a ... Read More »

Everything Relates to Judaism

Years ago, when I first stepped foot in one of the SGPV synagogues, a wise educator, Debby Singer, became my trusted mentor. She enlightened me, by proclaiming that “everything relates to Judaism”. That statement has since shaped my Jewish self, and I hope that after reading these words, it will remain with you, parent-readers, too. That is because everything we ... Read More »

Lesson in Fun

This summer take the family off the beaten path and check out some great locations and activities that you can do together as a family. Take a look at some of these great ideas to keep those inquiring minds engaged. AMERICAN HISTORY One of the best places to learn about American history is Boston, Massachusetts. The Freedom Trail and Boston ... Read More »

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