Author: emilyteck

8 Ways to Celebrate Chanukah That Don’t Involve Presents
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November 14, 2019November 23, 2019

8 Ways to Celebrate Chanukah That Don’t Involve Presents

This is an update of a post originally share by the URJ Blog in 2017 here. I love celebrating Judaism with my family. Nothing brings me pleasure like sharing holidays, celebrating traditions and creating new rituals. I don’t, however, love some of the traditions that seem to have evolved to be considered very mainstream –...

Synagogue Snacking: 5 Simple Ways to Nourish the Young Children in your Community
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November 14, 2019November 18, 2019

Synagogue Snacking: 5 Simple Ways to Nourish the Young Children in your Community

I love synagogue and I love snacking- and so do our kids. The ways that our communities present food can speak volumes about their level of sensitivity to the needs and wants of families with young children. As a Jewish parent and a professional, I often observe a dissonance between what the recommendations that data-driven...

USCJ Congregation B’nai Israel  (High Holy Preparation)
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September 27, 2019November 18, 2019

USCJ Congregation B’nai Israel (High Holy Preparation)

The brilliant leadership of this community decided that because the clergy, staff, and building are already very busy on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they decided to offer the families in the congregation multiple programs and opportunities to prepare for the High Holydays, and hosted a residency weekend in order to meet that goal. This...