Rabbi Charlie Savenor lives in New York City with his wife, Julie Walpert, and their two boys, Joseph and Benjamin. During the day, Charlie serves as the International Director of Kehilla (Congregational) Enirchment of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Charlie loves working with families and teens, guiding them to enhance their lives through a forward-looking positive vision, authentic expressions of faith and relationships based on trust. A father for nearly 7 years and counting, he enjoys the daily endeavor of creating a Jewish home and life of meaning, humor and hope.
A few minutes past 5 a.m., our 3-year-old son decides he wants to play. Since becoming a dad, I am incrementally morphing into a morning person, so the early shift doesn't faze me like it once…did. The problem is that my son, Benjy, doesn't want to play with me--he wants "somebody else." And that somebody else is mommy. While I certainly wouldn't mind going back to sleep and handing the morning duty to my wife, I feel somewhat emotionally sideswiped by my son's announcement that he is desperately seeking somebody… >> Read More
The wait for Joseph's first tooth to fall out felt like an eternity. Children regularly start losing their baby-teeth at 4 or 5 years old, so Joseph has noticed that at "6 and three quarters" (his…words) he still has a full set of pearly whites. By contrast, most of his first grade classmates look like vampires or NHL players. With each day the anticipation kept building, so much so that I had considered passing the time by writing "What to Expect When You Are Expecting Your First Tooth to Fall… >> Read More