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Have I Failed as a Jewish Mother?

Janine Snyder
February 8, 2016

Judaism was so unfamiliar to my son that he was wary of my Hanukkah gift. I felt as though, at such a young age, he was choosing to shun my religion, to identify with Christianity. Of course, if he chooses to identify with either religion later in life, that decision will be his own – but for now, I need to at least give Judaism a fighting chance.

How Wholesome is the Super Bowl?

Deborah Goldberg
February 5, 2016

So how will I talk about these values with my sons amid all the shiny confetti, slick commercials, rousing music, and fun snacks? Simply put, the Super Bowl compromises my Jewish values, and I want to pass those values along to my kids.

Sports vs. Values: What are We Teaching Our Children?

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
January 6, 2016

What do we teach our children when we seek entertainment in the spectacle of two human beings each trying to maim the other or render her senseless? And yet, should we be surprised? After all, we live in a country where mass murder occurs on a regular basis.

Just Because I’m Jewish Doesn't Mean I’m Not Black

Evan Traylor
June 22, 2015

“So, what exactly is your background?”

“Both of your parents aren’t Jewish, are they?”

“Wait, so you’re just like a Jewish Barack Obama!”

Growing up as a half-Black and half-White person who is also Jewish definitely raised some interesting questions

Jews Without Borders: My Multicultural Jewish Family

Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx
October 30, 2014

"Knock, knock."
"Who's there?"
"Russia who?"
"Russia Shana."

As my kids tell me this joke, I realize my mother's curse has come true: I have children "just like me."

With imported parents and imported children, I'm the native-born pastrami

Reflections on a Jewish Baby-Naming

Margie Bogdanow
September 4, 2014
What we call ourselves and what others call us often impacts the way we view ourselves and the way we are seen in this world. With that as a belief, what a privilege it was to be involved in a naming ceremony for my granddaughter.