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Deborah Goldberg

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Little girl with curly brown hair holding matzah up close to her face as if to break it

That Passover coincides with my sons’ school break is not a coincidence; the break also encompasses Easter, and, of course, teachers and families want the time off for observances. But during those unstructured days, the struggle can feel a bit like crossing the desert – particularly for parents with young children as they try to keep everyone occupied during holiday prep.

During this busy time, I know that if I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve, my boys will be glued to a screen 24/7. If you’re in the same position, here are a few tips for keeping kids occupied - and helpful....

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Haukkiah made from Legos

I consider myself a dedicated yet anxious Jewish mom. I’m dedicated because I would like my children to have a Jewish upbringing that connects them to our collective stories, history, and values – and I’m anxious because I’m never quite sure whether I’m accomplishing that goal.

Like many progressive Jews, my children’s formal Jewish education takes place at our synagogue, in our case on Sundays. My eldest son recently spent his first of what I hope will be many summers at a Reform Jewish sleepaway camp (shout out to URJ Crane Lake Camp!). More often than not, we spend Friday...

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My dear son,

I knew something was going on with you before we dropped you off at sleepaway camp for the first time. You were distractible, cranky, and unsettled. The morning we drove to camp, you were so wound up I thought you might bounce out of the car!

But then I saw a change in you. As we arrived on the camp’s grounds and began the arrival process, you started to smile more. We found your cabin, where we met your counselors and you got to work unpacking. When it quickly became clear there was nothing left for your parents to do, you became hesitant about our leaving,...

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