If you weren’t looking for it, you probably missed it. And that’s kind of the point.
This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade featured, as always, marching bands, Broadway performers,…50-foot long character balloons, as well as tons of cheer and good will. And about three-quarters of the way through the parade appeared the Sesame Street float, complete with Julia and her noise-canceling headphones. Julia, a Muppet with autism who was introduced on Sesame Street in 2017, is featured regularly on the show. The other… >> Read More
Last Friday started off as a pretty typical day. I had an appointment downtown in the morning and lunch scheduled afterwards with a friend. I had been looking forward to seeing her—several weeks of…summer had passed since our last meet-up. We talked about motherhood, other friends who were expecting, parenting with our partners. It was a nice catch-up, and I left in a good mood. But the day later went sour with the news of the weekend’s white nationalist/neo-Nazi/white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. My first reaction to… >> Read More
“It’s Too Expensive To Be Jewish” is the title of a Los Angeles Times personal essay written by a mother who, in the course of trying to figure out how to afford bar mitzvah tutoring for her…son, decided that being Jewish is, well, too expensive (exemplified by the high cost of synagogue membership and High Holiday tickets). Her conclusion is one with which I vehemently disagree–but that is in no small part because I vehemently disagree with her feelings about the underlying value of being Jewish. Admittedly, I’m coming at this… >> Read More
A few weeks ago, I was a guest at a Shabbat retreat (called a Shabbaton) at a synagogue near my house. I was invited by an organization called ETTA to experience the community they create for…individuals with disabilities. ETTA was started almost 25 years ago. They have five group homes in the Southern California area and they support activities and events that help individuals learn life skills and build confidence while participating in rewarding job, social, and recreational activities, including summer camps and Shabbat experiences such as the one I… >> Read More
Planning to do some synagogue shopping in Middlesex or Monmouth counties in New Jersey? Whether you grew up as an avid synagogue goer or preferred to hang out in the hallways (or elsewhere) on Friday…nights, there comes a time in many parents’ lives when they begin looking for a synagogue for their family. You might be searching for a place to hold a baby naming ceremony, a preschool, a Hebrew school, or for somewhere to find your Shabbat or holiday groove. No matter the reason, finding the perfect fit… >> Read More