Thursday, July 02, 2020

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When the Community Becomes Extended Family

Before Hadassa Bogomilsky headed off to camp in Montreal, we spent a fun-filled afternoon together. The 13-year-old daughter of my rabbi from the Maplewood Jewish Center-Congregation Beth Ephraim had just finished her school year and I had just sent off one of my family newsletters. We were both in the mood to celebrate.


Summer Vacation Tips From a Travel-Weary Mom

Vacation season is upon us and I’ve learned one major truth as a parent: When your children are happy and enjoying themselves, you will be happy and enjoy yourself. This is true whether you travel by car, plane, bus or boat, or visit the seashore, mountains, Israel or anywhere else.

It is tempting to


The Centrality of Teshuva

This month’s article was written by Rabbi Igael Gurin-Malous, director of spiritual counseling at Beit T’shuvah and the executive director of the new T’shuvah Center in NYC.

Pain. Loss. Grief. Fear. Longing. Heartache. Sadness. These are the experiences of life, and every person must


Visiting Day: Friend or Foe?

The lazy, hazy days of summer are finally here. You are beginning to actually relax and recuperate from last week’s frenzy of shopping, labeling and packing off the bigger kids to camp. You have the bus schedules for day camp down pat, and a new summer routine has developed. Your fourth grader has surprisingly shown how much she is


You Can Relax

I shove a banana into his knapsack as I rush my son out the door.

“You’ll eat in the car. It’s time to go! We are going to be late!” My words tumble out as I race to the car.

It’s Monday morning and the week is off to a stressful start.


Jewish Values: A Path to Conscious Uncoupling

A marriage that ends in divorce, which causes even the altar in the Holy Temple to shed tears (Gittin 90b), is an unfortunate and disruptive event not only for the individuals involved, but also for their friends, families and community. Still, if divorce is the inescapable route that a couple must take, the Torah recognizes this


Sharing Your Story Can Save a Life

My cousin Judy Krasna is an amazing woman. Her 20-something daughter has been suffering from a debilitating eating disorder for many years now. In addition to helping her daughter receive the best medical and psychological help she can get, Judy has a blog on parenting a child with an eating disorder. Many of us, when faced with


Mishpocheh Newsletter Binds Family

The month of June evokes family time. With weddings, graduations and parties galore, there is so much to celebrate and share with extended family. It’s also the season preceded by the parsha where Moshe Rabbeinu was commanded to take a census of our people.

That strikes a very special chord


Doing What’s Right for Your Child, Even When It Hurts

Dear Readers,

Sometimes, we are obligated to make very difficult decisions regarding our children. Sometimes, even the best intentions and incredible love we have for our children are not enough to help them seek help for themselves. At that point, it is sometimes


Picky Eaters, Allergies and Dietary Restrictions at Camp Mesorah

The atmosphere in the dining room is electric. High energy, positive vibes and fabulous music all nourish the campers’ souls while they are also happily nourishing their bodies. It is a place where I encourage the campers to go outside their comfort zones and taste new foods or even choose foods they


An Unforgettable Day in Brooklyn

This past Sunday, the Torah Champs experienced the best of Jewish Brooklyn. The full-day trip was packed with hands-on experiential learning, delicious food and thrilling amusement rides. Torah Champs, with over 100 participants—fourth- and fifth-grade boys and girls attending Yeshivat Noam, Yavneh Academy,


Pediatric Physical Therapy for Gross Motor Delays, Ages 0-3

The following are the questions you should ask yourself about the help your child is receiving in physical therapy.

  1. 1. Does he enjoy the sessions?
  2. 2. Does he cry when the therapist appears?
  3. 3. Is there carryover at home, meaning does the therapist give you concrete