When she's not designing dreidel leggings, Rabbi Yael Buechler spends her time as Rabbi-in-Residence at Schechter Westchester’s Lower School in White Plains. Although Yael is currently sticking it out in her New York City apartment, she loves engaging the awesome families who’ve decided to make the move to Riverdale or Westchester. Check out her handiwork at Midrash Manicures.
When I returned to work after the birth of my first son, I found myself in a unique pumping situation. As the rabbi of a Jewish day school, I was fortunate enough to have my own office. Since I am…involved in so many aspects of leading the school and infusing it with ruach (energy), there are often many teachers, parents, and students coming in and out of my office. Rather than simply shutting my door in order to pump, I wanted to find the right words for a door sign that indicated I was doing… >> Read More
The Friday morning that I went into labor, my mother called my grandparents to say that it was time for them to get that phone upgrade they’d been talking about—which was code for: Your…granddaughter’s about to have a baby. By Erev Shabbat (Friday afternoon), my grandparents had two new additions to their family: an iPhone and a great-grandchild. Thanks to their new smartphone, Grandma and Zayde (my Saba took on this new title after becoming a great-grandfather) got to “meet” their first great-grandchild within minutes of his birth. They… >> Read More
I vaguely remember learning about object permanence in an undergrad course on child development. But I never realized how much this concept would play into my son’s earliest Jewish…experiences. My now 10-month-old son attends a weekly Hebrew immersion Shabbat class with our nanny. After the first class, our nanny shared with me that the other caregivers bring money to put into a tzedakah box. The class sings a Hebrew song mentioning each child’s name as they place tzedakah money into the giant box.… >> Read More
I am lucky to have an office with a door and a window with shades so that I can easily pump at my workplace. But when returning to work after having a baby, I wanted to find a way to let my…colleagues know that I simply wasn’t turning down the shades and locking the door to be antisocial. I looked online to order a sign to hang on the door. I came across all kinds of formal signs from “Lactation Room,” “Nursing Mother,” or “Pumping in Progress.” And then there were the not-so-funny ones like “Beware… >> Read More
Now that the month of back-to-back Jewish holidays has finally come to a close, it’s time to catch up on life and…on all of the season premieres I missed these past few weeks! First up was…“Modern Family,” which just began its seventh season. My husband and I watched as Dylan, a character who often serves as comedic relief in the show, enters the scene with his latest business idea: V-neck t-shirts spelling out words that include the letter “V.” Cute. Catchy. But I’m not sure this will sell. READ: Jewish Celeb… >> Read More