Recently, on a particularly rainy day, I decided that we needed to get out of the house. I piled everyone into the car and told my two boys that we were going on an adventure. The Detroit Institute…of Arts (DIA) offers an amazing museum experience filled with incredible artifacts and art. I knew this was a place that I would love to get lost in and enjoy—as an adult—but then I thought about my children. Is an art museum really a place that 6- and 9-year-old boys can appreciate? I was skeptical… >> Read More
Are you school shopping? Ever considered Jewish day school? Even if the thought has never crossed your mind, you’re going to want to keep reading.
What is Jewish day school exactly?
Jewish day…school provides students with cutting-edge liberal arts and STEM education, a background in Jewish culture, traditions, and texts, and Hebrew language instruction. Aren’t Jewish day schools for religious people? Jewish day schools educate students from all walks of Jewish life. You don’t need any particular Jewish background or level of observance to attend Jewish day… >> Read More
A number of years ago, my husband and I assumed we had decided to send our children to Jewish day school. We are a “frum Conservative” family. We keep kosher. We observe Shabbat. No work or…school on Jewish holidays, either. The kind of family that—for sure—sends their kids to day school. When our oldest child was in preschool, I began bringing him to programs at the local day school intended for prospective students. Soon enough, we found ourselves applying to that same school for admission—and for financial aid. The financial… >> Read More
“Ima, efo ha ekdach maim sheli?” Aviv asked, clearly stressed out that he was not properly outfitted for his yom maim, water day, at the daycare. I understood the, “Mom, where is my something…water?” part of the question, but was at a loss for exactly what he was asking for. Because I didn’t answer in the split second he gave me, his stress level raised and he began asking over and over again, getting more and more agitated. I found a ganenet, daycare teacher, and asked Aviv to… >> Read More
Recently I wrote an article for Kveller titled “Are Jews Too Concerned With Seeking Out Other Jews?” In that piece, I discussed my tendency to feel an instant connection with a “member of the…Tribe” whether it’s on the sidelines of our kids’ soccer games, in a professional context, or anywhere, really. While many readers strongly related, in a positive way, to this warm and even mystical element of the Jewish community, a side issue of exclusion came out of the discussion as well. Several readers--Jews and non-Jews alike--commented… >> Read More