Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For those hoping to send their children to Jewish overnight camps, the road ahead may be a little less daunting, thanks to a new grant initiative geared toward first-time attendees. Camp Galil in Ottsville, Bucks County, is one of a number of recipients of this new initiative. Set up by the Jewish Funders Network/Foundation for Jewish Camping Matching Grants Initiative...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
It's been a sobering week. I paid two shivah calls and attended the yahrzeit gathering for a friend who died several years ago of cancer. The expression " Nor oif simchas /(We should meet) only at happy occasions" came to mind as I entered yet another house with the dining-room table overloaded with sweets and an adult child perched forlornly...
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Diana Aydin, JE Feature
When Dana Hilmer gave birth to her first child, Zach, in 2000, she was anxious, like many another mother, about breastfeeding in public. It wasn't unusual for her to escape to a bathroom when it came time to nurse. "I would constantly remove myself from situations, and go hang out in the car or go hang out in the bathroom,"...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
We just survived our daughter's first winter break from college. How do you keep them down on the farm after three months of parent-free living? "I'm 18 now!" was her rallying cry as she left the house for yet another night of carousing with the old crowd. Nevertheless, the next morning found her kickboxing and swimming laps at the local...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
I was sitting in our synagogue library cataloguing books when Joanie Hirsch poked her head in. "Do you have anything on Jewish weddings?" she asked in a stage whisper. Something in her tone caused me to think the answer she wanted was not so much "Yes" as "Why?" And sure enough, when I replied "What for?" she drew herself up...
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