“Where do your children go to school?” This innocuous question is not something that gives most people pause. But in our case, I have to weigh how much I am willing to disclose.
On the surface…we seem like a very typical New York Jewish family. We have three kids. We belong to a large synagogue and have a strong network of friends and family close by. We are involved in many Jewish and communal causes and we feel fortunate to send our children to Jewish day schools and Jewish camps.… >> Read More
I was staring at the beautiful family photograph on his mahogany desk. All I could think was how my family used to look exactly like that—happy. Now there was one less person, and only…sadness. My rabbi said hello as he walked into his office, pulling me away from my thoughts. He sat down and asked me how I was doing. He already knew. He was the same rabbi who performed the funeral service just three months earlier. My husband had gone out running on what was a typical… >> Read More
The doctor’s expression told me everything I needed to know about my 3-year-old son. Her words confirmed that he would never speak, learn, or socialize due to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“Just…take him home and love him,” she said. Imagine being the mom in that moment. Ten years later, that mom and that child stood together on the bimah overlooking an audience of 250 family members and friends. This was a day like no other and one that we only dreamed could be possible. It was… >> Read More
In October of last year, our family, along with hundreds of thousands of others living in coastal South Carolina, was evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. As we waited in our hotel—two…adults, three kids (and a bearded dragon in the closet)—we anxiously kept our TV tuned to the Weather Channel for updates of the storm. For a while, it looked as if the hurricane would pass by without inflicting much damage. However, in his final hours before heading out to sea, Matthew made one last detour—hitting… >> Read More
It's been said before that "Crazy Ex-Girlfiend" is one of the best, Jewiest shows on TV right now--and the CW musical sitcom just upped the ante with an epic bar mitzvah episode titled "Will…Scarsdale Like Josh’s Shayna Punim?" (which, come on, is already pretty great). With guest appearances from (Jewish) Broadway stars Patti LuPone (who plays a rabbi!) and Tovah Feldshuh, the episode was destined to be a hit. But one particular song really took the cake. A joyful Hava Nagila-esque melody is paired with words that Jews know… >> Read More