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If you are Jewish and your family is talking about Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you know it can be a dizzying experience!  

Here are 4 ways NYC children can become Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Have a 13th birthday. That’s right. All you really have to do to become a Bar or Bat Mitzva...

February 18, 2019

When you come from NYC, where winter means bitter cold, snow, sleet and ice, it is a wonderful thing experience winter in Israel. We learn as children that our winter is a kind of death - a time of losing leaves and hibernation. And so it’s hard to understand how welco...

I never would have believed it possible for me to pack for a three week trip to Israel, in the winter,  only taking two carry-on bags. But I did it, and it made my trip so much easier.

First – we were staying in an AirBnB that had a washing machine. This is very importa...

July 15, 2018

When I was studying for my Masters in Religious Education, I was asked to imagine a "perfect" Bar-Bat Mitzvah program. My program that was based on Values, Questions and Actions, using the number 13 as a jumping off point. 

In my practice of working with pre-Bar and Ba...

June 14, 2018

A very wise student of mine taught me, “One must learn in order to live”. I have taken those words to heart as I have now accomplished one more education and spiritual goal - to become a rabbi.

In 1981 when I was Invested as a cantor I was one of less than 15 women cant...

February 27, 2018

February 2018, four years ago, I wrote the blog post below, just before Purim. It was about my search for the best Hamentaschen in NYC. Like so many, I yearned for the Hamentaschen of my youth – yeast dough with poppy seed filling.

This year I found out that many of my...

August 1, 2017

If you only had four months – 12 weeks – to give a child their entire Jewish education, what would you teach? Could you hope to teach the child to decode Hebrew? An overview of Torah? What prayers could the child learn?

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