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Benefits of a Gap Year

As part of their activities with Masa Israel Journey’s BIG IDEA gap year program, 18-year-old coders experienced the same road to innovation as any other start-up entrepreneur, working with museum staffers during a month-long process to identify needs and then explore digital solutions. The participants—hailing from the U.S., Canada, U.K., South Africa, and Australia—were divided into teams and were mentored ... 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 Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Eighteen years ago, I was the mom of a toddler, running around ensuring my only child had all the life experiences that would ensure he grows up to be extraordinary at whatever he wanted to be. Can you appreciate that in order to “allow” our kids to become who they want to be, there is a strong tendency to sign ... 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 »

Just Do It!

Nike got a lot of us up, and running, with their slogan, “Just do it.” But looking at the state of our health and wellness in America, it seems, that slogan has gone by the wayside. Obesity, depression, diabetes, and other mental and physical health issues are at epidemic levels, and the cost of health care is rising. So, just ... Read More »

Practicing Mindfulness

I can’t smell cinnamon rolls without thinking about my grandmother baking sweet pecan sticky buns in our kitchen. Just catching a whiff of a familiar scent, our brain can transport us back in time, connecting smells to people, places, or experiences from various times of our lives. We can utilize this powerful phenomenon to connect us with the wonders of ... Read More »

Celebrate Shabbat Together

  The High Holidays, Thanksgiving and Chanukah are over. Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Passover and Shavuot are not quite yet here. What’s a Jew to do during this interim time when there are no holidays looming? The answer is quite clear—celebrate Shabbat! There is no better way to bring you back into the folds of Judaism, to spend time together with ... 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 »

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