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An Ode To My Forties

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:26am -- jkidphilly

by Elana Rivel

I still remember when my mom turned forty.

My dad held a party for her in our home. My mom, in her radiant beauty (complete with perm), surrounded by friends.

Playful and loving.

In photos, I was her spitting image.

I could only hope to be like her when I turned forty.

Her forties became a time of great strength for her as she made difficult decisions that allowed her to be true to her self.

I always imagined that figuring out who you were, while raising four children, could not be an easy balance.

Connecting Our Kids To Israel: Our Family's Story

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:31am -- jkidphilly

by Mira Aumiller

Last year, my husband and I went to Israel with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and had the privilege of going with many other members of our local community, including other parents of young children. While this was not the first time we have been to Israel, this last trip unexpectedly made a big impact on us, and one that we felt compelled to convey to our family and community.

STUCK on G-d at Passover – A letter to my children

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:25am -- jkidphilly

by Shira Taylor Gura

Dear children,

Passover is approaching.  And with that, the excitement and craziness that come along with the holiday preparations.  And in the midst of all this, I got to thinking, if I could choose one thing, just one thing, to “pass on” to you regarding Passover, what would it be?

And within seconds, I had my answer.

Martin Luther King: Healing and Justice

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 12:05pm -- jkidphilly

By David A. Love

Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live, and inherit the land which Adonai your God gives you. (Deuteronomy 16:20).

When I reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King and what his legacy meant to me, I recall a recent Hanukkah protest I attended with my wife Sarah at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.  The purpose of the event—which was held by the local progressive Jewish community and Jews of color–was to show solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and mourn the deaths of black people killed by police.

Eight Opportunities For Hanukkah

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:27am -- jkidphilly
By Robyn Cohen
When I was younger, my mother took my sister and me to a synagogue Hanukkah bazaar and instructed us to each pick out a Hanukkah gift for each other. I searched and searched for the perfect (yet inexpensive) gift. I couldn't wait for her to open the Hanukkah surprise that I picked out just for her. To this day, I don't remember the gifts that my parents gave me that year, but I still remember the excitement that I felt upon giving my sister that surprise. (It was a stackable crayon!)


Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:32pm -- jkidphilly

By Lela Casey

This time of year has always been confusing to me.  Being the only Jewish kid was not much of a big deal for most of the year.  I  could hide out, lay low, blend in. On Halloween I'd paint my face with sparkling colors and march alongside my peers in the parade.  No one had to know that I wasn't allowed to go trick or treating.  When Thanksgiving came along, I'd trace my fingers into plump turkeys and fold paper into complicated cornocopias side by side with my classmates.


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