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Allergic Reactions Are No Joke

By Tova Ovits · November 19, 2014

“Do you have an EpiPen? No? Well, you do now,” said my son’s allergist after seeing the scratch test reactions to peanuts and nuts. Hillel was almost three years old at the time of his first anaphylactic reaction. We were still...

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Parent-teacher interactions are the embodiment of the classic Jewish line regarding two Jews and three opinions. Add the joke about two Jews and three synagogues, the one about the Jewish child having two choices (doctor or lawyer) and every...

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Panelist at the Parent to Parent Summit

Parent Engagement and Leadership was center Stage at the first Day School Parent Summit, sponsored by the Parent to Parent Initiative of The Jewish Education Project Wednesday, March 20th and hosted at the UJA Federation in New York.  

The...

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Our March 20th event at UJA-Federation of New York is less than 10 days away! We’d like to take a moment to announce the all-star panel we’ve assembled. These panelists and the moderator will be discussing parent leadership and...

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Is technology in the classroom a good thing or just the cool, new thing? That depends on how it’s used!

Gary Hartstein, Director of the DigitalJLearning Network  (DJLN), says that the technology used in schools should support the...

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Every parent wishes the absolute best for their child.   Meet a Russian Jewish parent and you will realize that this statement is ever so true.  Many of us, Jews of Russian descent, are 1st generation immigrants with a varying...

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Natasha's Yolka

It’s Christmas Eve and as we turn down our street, there is little evidence of any celebration.  No lights or reindeer in anyone’s driveway, no glowing rainbow flashes of festive lights.  Not even a snowman or snowflake...

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Gennady and his lovely family

As we know, all cultures, nationalities and groups of people have their own ways of looking at the world, living their daily lives and dealing with different family circumstances. In that respect Mazel families are no different.  Let us...

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Deborah Wassertzug

It’s 11 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Generally at this time, I’m at the gym, grocery shopping, or pondering a long list of home improvements.  Today, though, I join a Google Hangout that includes a wise design consultant with...

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How many words would you need to describe your thoughts about parenting?

100? …500? …How about doing it in 6?


I used the Six-Word Memoir recently at a gathering with Jewish preschool parents from Temple Beth Shalom in Roslyn and...

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 Known as “The People of the Book,”   Jewish people have valued education long before immigrating to the United States. In America, education is of great value  and something that Jewish Americans immediately embraced as...

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The fact that Thanksgiving and Chanukah collide this year is a bit mind blowing.  Not only are they my two most favorite holidays, but they both have a great message that creates a powerhouse of a holiday week. Apparently, the last time this...

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“How do we inspire the entire school community to do charitable work?”  The Board of Education at The Brandeis School spent many hours discussing this question and brainstorming ways to get the students to feel pride and ownership...

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Rhonda's Twin Boys

This article originally appeared in New York Family on September 13, 2013.

This month marks a milestone for my family. My 3-year-old twin boys will be entering nursery at Beit Rabban Day School and this will be the first time they have...

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Deborah Gubin

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Week on August 14, 2013.

I spend hours in strategy meetings and conference calls, mediate between different people, plan events, review budgets and draft documents and spreadsheets. You might guess...

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Tanya Family Photo

I am often faced with the same question from neighbors, friends and family: “Why did you choose a Jewish private school for your daughter?” They are surprised by my decision, especially since my husband is not Jewish and I didn’t...

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Helene Wingens

This article originally appears in The Jewish Daily Forward on August 5, 2013.


Jordana Horn’s recent article asks the singular question, Who Says You Need Day School? The question is simple and so is the answer.

Nothing less than the...

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Rebecca M. Solomon

As Jewish day school parents, we tend to be very involved in our children's education.  The very process of selecting a Jewish day school is a form of involvement.  There are countless other ways to be involved, including helping...

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Beit Rabban and our family chose one another when my son was four years old. He started the Gan,Beit Rabban's Early Childhood Center, a few months later. He is ten now, and I am glad to say, we made the right choice. The small classes, personal...

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*This article originally appeared in http://russianparentsworld.com/

Like most new parents, by the time my son was born I had already planned his life out up until middle school.   Okay, maybe I wasn’t like all first time...

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