“Where do your children go to school?” This innocuous question is not something that gives most people pause. But in our case, I have to weigh how much I am willing to disclose.
On the surface…we seem like a very typical New York Jewish family. We have three kids. We belong to a large synagogue and have a strong network of friends and family close by. We are involved in many Jewish and communal causes and we feel fortunate to send our children to Jewish day schools and Jewish camps.… >> Read More
“They hike all over the Galilee, they explore the whole north of Israel, the kids are so nice…”
I was listening to my good friend Chani and, as usual, envying her lifestyle. Since making…aliyah a few years ago, Chani’s regaled me with tales of her family’s life in Israel that make my life in the US seem stale in comparison: While I was trudging to Costco, she was nipping down to the Dead Sea for a swim, or hiking with her kids through 3,000-year-old ruins. Now, she was… >> Read More
Up here in the Northeast, the leaves are beginning their colorful plummet to the ground, and coats are emerging from closets. It feels almost completely incongruous to be thinking about overnight…camps for summer 2017—and yet, that’s what many parents are just beginning to do. A friend, about to embark on this process, asked me whether I’d written a “questions to ask in choosing a camp for your kid” article. Well, I hadn’t. But that’s about to change. 1. To Jew Camp or Not Jew Camp?… >> Read More
Summer is coming to an end. If you’re in certain parts of the US, summer is already over. I am a Northeasterner and therefore my mind is only just beginning to turn to book socks, shoe shopping,…and gel pens. But hold on a second! Before you turn the page on the seasons, here are my personal patented hacks for next summer—especially if you have a kid who is going back to camp, whether overnight camp or day camp. 1. Start Packing Now I realize this makes me sound neurotic. It’s not… >> Read More
The other night, I went to dinner with a number of good friends I hadn't seen all summer. Over drinks and Pad Thai, we were able to catch up, talk about our crazy summer schedules, and wonder at how…fast time flies. A new school year was fast approaching. Our children had gone to preschool together, had attended each other's bar and bat mitzvahs the year before, and were now entering high school. I am truly lucky to have a circle of friends who have supported each other through the ups and downs of… >> Read More