From the minute I got the first phone call on Tuesday afternoon, I was overcome with anxiety.
It was 2:30 and I was at one of my favorite coffee shops, working on a new book idea, when my phone…rang. It was the Cherry Creek School District, telling me that my 14-year-old’s middle school was on “secure perimeter” — meaning there was a known danger in the area, and all students and staff had to stay within a designated area in the school, with all external doors locked and windows covered. This was due… >> Read More
Keeping children engaged in Jewish life through the challenging years of adolescence is generally considered a good thing, right? That’s why it is difficult for me to understand how a Jewish school…can turn down two teenagers’ request to hold the Torah. At the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, a coed Modern Orthodox Jewish day school in Silver Spring, Maryland, however, that’s exactly what happened when Lea Herzfeld and Yakira Zimand recently asked to be allowed to carry a scroll around the girls’ section of the school… >> Read More
It was a 73 degree, bluebird-sky Colorado morning on the Little League field, and I had my Starbucks and a newspaper. It was also the second to last game of my 10-year-old son Caleb’s second…season as a Dodger, and I should have been able to just sit back and enjoy as he and his teammates warmed up for their game. But my gut was clenched as I watched Caleb practice. I was actually stressed out because of Little League. Caleb, #5, wanted to pitch, but he missed the plate… >> Read More
My daughter’s first grade class hosted a Mother’s Day tea last week. Coffee, pastries, an adorable booklet entitled “All About My Mother” written and illustrated by mine truly, and two poems…about how I am the best mom ever. Pure fabulousness. So what’s there to write about? Well, before I received all these treats, I sat on the floor, Adina in my lap, and listened to her pray. Loudly, with a slight twinge of an Israeli accent just like that of her Morah (Teacher) Estee, whom… >> Read More