Jennifer Weiner, Jewish mom and writer extraordinaire, wrote a stunning op-ed in the New York Times recently that everyone needs to read. Weiner carefully explained not only why the JCC bomb threats…are a clear indication that anti-Semitism still exists (and isn't going anywhere anytime soon), but what it actually means for Jewish Americans. Her piece starts off with a moment of her scrolling through her Facebook feed, to see her mom at a pool somewhere else because she had "to take refuge outside from pool during call-in… >> Read More
The other day, for one horrible moment, I felt my heart grow smaller.
It was about brownies. The previous night, my open-hearted teenage daughter made brownies to bring to the local Muslim…association. She wanted them to know that we value them as members of our community, and that we stand with them against fear and hate. Then I went to work the next day. I teach preschool at a Jewish Community Center. Right before my 4- and 5-year-old students sat down for their morning meeting, hands… >> Read More
My youngest went to preschool at the local JCC. She didn't like preschool, at least not the first year. She cried and spent most of her time up in the loft playhouse, watching the kids playing…below. Her teachers assured me that she was fine after I left—that she was an observer, paid attention to everything, and seemed perfectly content. I'd walk her in, two mornings a week, pick out a book for her to read, and make sure that she had the little stuffed koala bear that was her constant… >> Read More
Yesterday, bomb threats were called in to 16 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across the south and northeastern United States.
It seems we are living in the proverbial “interesting times.” We…have been living in the Golden Age of Judaism—over the thousands of years of Jewish history, it is extremely unusual for Jews to have the ability to live in a place where we are free to practice our Judaism and to be considered as equals with those around us of other faiths. We have that… >> Read More
When my son is away at college, we have a robust texting relationship. I usually only receive phone calls from him after he finds out his mid-term grades—because his tears of joy cannot be…expressed with an emoji, but require a sincere call to Mom. I am grateful for these ongoing conversations via text or phone because when I hear from him, I know he is safe and good and being the college guy he is. Last spring, however, I received a startling text from him explaining that a… >> Read More