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
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
So, we’ve made a decision.
Our older daughter will be starting kindergarten at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) just outside Boston in the fall.
That’s right. We’re sending her to day…school. And we’re psyched about it. Perhaps more importantly, she’s psyched about it. As some of you know, my husband and I have struggled with this issue. On the one hand, we want our children to have a strong Jewish education. On the other hand, it’s a lot of money. Even with the amazing support… >> Read More