Ruchi Koval grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she attended the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland. Upon graduation she attended Beth Jacob seminary in Jerusalem, Israel, where she received leadership and community involvement training along with teaching certification. Ruchi and her husband co-founded and co-direct JFX (Jewish Family Experience), an independent Sunday school and Jewish congregation. She also runs character-development groups and is a parenting coach, musician, blogger, and motivational speaker. Ruchi and her husband are the proud and busy parents of seven wonderful children. She blogs at outoftheorthobox.blogspot.com.
I was the Peter Pan who was never going to grow up.
I drank regular Coke well into my 20s, loved roller coasters when everyone else my age turned green thinking about them, went back to camp as a…grown up for five years, and preferred surprise birthday parties well past adolescence. Then, somewhere along the way, I changed. I think one reason I didn't want to change was because, to me, the moment I stopped loving roller coasters, I was old. And by "old" I don't mean mature, responsible, wise, or even physically… >> Read More
As a kid, I ate whatever in the world I wanted. Pizza, chips, coke--I never had to think about it, and never experienced weight problems because of it. I loved to dance, but other than that,…exercise was not a part of my life. Oh, I walked to and from school and did whatever worked into my day, but it wasn't a focus. I didn't understand what calories were and I didn't care. I married young and had four kids in my twenties. The weight fell off after each child, though… >> Read More
Yesterday Kveller contributing editor Jordana Horn wrote about the challenges of raising five children in a two-child world. Jordana's friend Ruchi, an Orthodox mother of seven, wrote this…follow-up piece about raising her own brood in a seven-kid world. I feel Jordana’s pain. My freakishness, when I venture beyond my little Orthodox Jewish community, or others like it, feels a lot like yours! But it is infinitely easier to have seven kids in a seven-to-ten-kid world than five kids in a two-kid world.… >> Read More