In the SoCal Reform Jewish household of my youth, we lit candles and drank wine and grape juice on Friday nights, but Shabbat was not much more than that. Not much changed in my relationship to…Shabbat as I grew into my adulthood. But things began to shift when our children entered public school. Perhaps it was having to explain to public school teacher after public school teacher why using Christmas-specific language during the winter holiday season was not going to work for our family. Or the time I had a… >> Read More
Vaccinations are a touchy subject for many parents, but it's safe to say no one wants their kids to get chickenpox. This is why a Michigan school district is forcing unvaccinated kids to stay home…during a recent outbreak. Apparently, more than 35 students who attend Traverse City Area Public Schools were asked to stay home for the next 21 days, following a recommendation by the County Health Department after eight students contracted the illness, according to local paper Traverse City Record Eagle. These students, however, are allowed to return to school if… >> Read More
Ah, Thanksgiving. There's nothing like sitting down to a giant meal with your loved ones... until someone drinks too much Manischewitz, starts a rowdy political debate, or forces you to eat a second…helping of the corn nobody liked. Yes, the Thanksgiving meal can be cause for much humor (and agony). We compiled a list of some of the funniest, strangest, and just downright true tweets about Thanksgiving with Jewish families (which is actually a hashtag for those of you not following along. Reading through them could be… >> Read More
When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of a family sitting down to an extravagant meal together. But that Hallmark-esque picture is not a reality for everyone. It's easy to forget there are people…who don't have the privilege of spending it with their family, or can't afford a meal. This is why we love Michigan restaurant owner, George Dimopoulos, who owns George’s Senate Coney Island. What is he doing that's so amazing? He's offering free holiday meals at his restaurant all day long for Thanksgiving, according to TODAY. How awesome is that? READ: How… >> Read More
Turkey + eye contact with family = Aaaaaaaaaaagh!
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Here are a…few Thanksgiving memories I have just drudged up in your honor. 1. The Thanksgiving Day when I decided to try on my new Wonder Woman Underoos for my extended family and realized I couldn’t fly. 2. The Thanksgiving Day when I was still caught in a gravy boat of anorexic obsessions and vowed to text… >> Read More