Tag Archives: Connection


Sharing in Happiness with Others: Simchat Torah

We live in an age of unprecedented interconnection. If your airline loses your luggage, you can just tweet at them; if you are hosting a party, feel free to send your friends an invite on Facebook. Still, we often feel disconnected from one other. A common complaint I hear from my friends in New York City is that there are millions of people around, and yet they feel alone. But… Read Article →

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Connection and Community

Through a far-too-snowy and far-too-cold winter, the Sunday morning gatherings of our Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class at Temple Emanuel in Andover have provided a sense of warmth and community beyond anything I anticipated as a first-time PTJL instructor. Over coffee and bagels, we spend some time simply “checking-in” – sharing stories of our lives since we were last together; our challenges, our triumphs, our aggravations, and our comedic… Read Article →

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A Wintry Mix

Last Friday, after an overnight flight from Philadelphia, we arrived to an overcast sky in Tel Aviv and by the time we reached the Jerusalem hills the skies had darkened, the rain fell, and the windows were fogged up from the heat trapped inside the bus. For those that had never been to Israel before, it probably felt surreal- a long transatlantic flight, a dark and rainy drive to a… Read Article →


An Anecdote from Davida’s Day

Today in class one of the boys grabbed my hand from behind and gave me a big hug. I was very surprised, but happy, because we had found a way to communicate through the language barrier. He pulled me over to where the teacher had put out apples and pointed until I took one. Then he sat next to me until I had eaten the whole thing. Later he was… Read Article →


Day 8: “Connection”

In one of our last activities on our seminar we were asked to come up with “our word”. The activity was a mind body experience and an example of an activity for children in an immigration center in Haifa for Ethiopians. The word is supposed to stay with you and you can return to it over and over again. The word I would choose for our Boston/Haifa Early Childhood Seminar… Read Article →


Noticing The Good, Doing The Good

A child takes her lunch box from her backpack and brings it to the kitchen. How can this be a sacred act? This question came up in the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class that I am leading at Shir Tikvah in Winchester. Why is it sacred you may ask? Isn’t it just common courtesy to help out by bringing the lunchbox in, rather than requiring the parent to hunt… Read Article →

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What Prozdor Means to Me

When I first came to Prozdor, I knew that I wanted to think critically about Judaism, but I had no one to talk about it with. My shul is great, but there weren’t a lot of teenagers there and I never got into any youth groups. Prozdor gave me what I had been missing: people who understood me. People I could discuss Judaism with on a serious level. I also… Read Article →


“You do not have to be a part of Israel, but Israel has to be a part of you”: Prozdor in Israel

For me, Israel is the cornerstone of not just my Jewish identity, but my overall identity. Over the past seventeen years (literally half of my life) I have been traveling to Israel, and was quite fortunate this Spring to go twice within a six-week period, once for the Boston-Haifa Steering Committee meetings and once with our Prozdor ninth graders on their annual trip. The 9th graders returned on Sunday morning… Read Article →

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Israel: There and Back Again

It’s always amazing to go to Israel with Prozdor kids. This time we managed to somehow dodge the historic rainfall that has been pounding the country all winter to enjoy a jam-packed 11 days of travel. It only rained the night of our arrival (Dec. 21, and no, we didn’t see the Messiah, even though I went for a run that night in Jerusalem to see if I’d run into him) and… Read Article →