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Storytelling, Lullabies and the Internet: A Grandma Shares Her Perspective

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:22am -- jkidphilly

by Shelley Maidman Menkowitz

Storytelling, reading books together, and singing songs form the basis of any warm relationship between an adult and a child. But today we have so many other options. Have you ever read a book to a far-away grandchild using Skype or FaceTime? Even a telephone can work:  My friend gets two copies of a book and the child on the other end of the phone looks at the pictures and turns the pages with Grandmom. If you can’t carry a tune, recorded music can be played at any time of day in many different places and in a variety of formats.

Celebrating 10 Years of My Jewish Life

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:18am -- jkidphilly

by Lettie Switzer

Almost ten years ago, my husband Jason and I had dinner with a Jewish couple who were singers in the same opera Jason was performing in at the time. We've always been very interested in different beliefs and practices (I attended and researched over 20 different churches in college), but had considered ourselves to be basically agnostic since high school. So in speaking with this couple, we became interested in Judaism, not for the purpose of converting, but just because a lot of their practices seemed interesting (such as kashrut). 

I Am A Passover Baby: A Mom Shares About Her Favorite Holiday

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 2:02pm -- jkidphilly

by Sharon Rudoy Fishman

I am a Passover Baby.  I was born on the second night of the second Seder, with no regard for the ones that were being conducted that night.  Apparently, as my mom tells it, I gave rise to the Four Questions in the form of contractions.  My family likes to think that I answered that eternal question “Why is this night different from all others?” with my arrival into the world.  I think it’s fair to say, the holiday of Pesach has been intertwined into my identity and existence ever since. 

A Purim Tradition: Mishloach Manot

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 9:26am -- jkidphilly

by Rachel Loonin

Come Purim time, my fun-loving family gets pretty into it. It's definitely a holiday tailor made for us.  As it is, during the year, we are known to wear glitter and feathers in a relatively passable  manner to synogogue, so Purim is a good fit.  One of the things we love doing as part of the mitzvot for the holiday is giving mishloach manot, gifts of food packages.  

Why Shabbat is my favorite ChallahDay

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:19am -- jkidphilly

by Robyn Cohen, Director, PJ Library in Philadelphia


When I was younger our family enjoyed celebrating Shabbat with family friends. Together we sat around the table, enjoyed delicious chicken soup, shared stories and laughed.  I always loved the beautiful ceramic napkin rings, smiling faces and the warm conversation that drifted throughout the house long after dinner ended. 


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