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Todd Pellegrino: Family Camp Jumpstarted a New Family Tradition

  PHOTO ABOVE: Lindsay and Todd Pellegrino with their younger son, Reece, at the BHY Consecration. Not pictured: older son Maxon.   The Althea Stroum & Pat Glazer Memorial Family Camp Weekend is made possible by philanthropic support that offsets the cost of attendance for families with financial need. If you’d like to learn [...]

2022-11-21T12:40:16-08:00November 21st, 2022|

Mariela Socolovsky: My Path to Building My Own Jewish Family

A Note: I’ll be starting my maternity leave at the end of this week, on November 4th. I'm currently 38 weeks'  pregnant, but started writing this essay a bit before my 20th week of pregnancy. In my 20s, the “do not get pregnant” advice translated in my mind like a neon sign screaming at [...]

2022-10-31T15:48:13-07:00October 31st, 2022|

Jean Phillips: Finding a Community

Jean Phillips: Finding a Community We were not yet members of CBB when it was time to find a preschool for our daughter Alex, but BHY was the natural and pragmatic choice. My husband Dan grew up at the synagogue, and a number of our good friends were part of the community, giving us [...]

2022-09-12T09:24:47-07:00September 12th, 2022|

Holly Goldberg: Standing up for Judaism

Holly Goldberg: Standing up for Judaism Current events have illuminated how our culture has become complacent with outdated, non-inclusive policies and practices that marginalize minorities. Unfortunately, as a result most of us have faced unintentional as well as explicit forms of antisemitism.  Being Jewish requires a refined inner grace to know when to not take [...]

2022-02-09T15:37:37-08:00February 9th, 2022|

Becca Wrench: Mi Shebeirach List

Becca Wrench: Mi Shebeirach List I had my name added to the Mi Shebeirach list - the prayer for healing - on January 7, 2021.  Two days before that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Every time I go to services I hear this list read and see if I recognize any names. If [...]

2021-12-17T10:39:21-08:00December 20th, 2021|

Elizabeth Mason: Thanksgivikuh

Elizabeth Mason: Thanksgivikuh Our Hebrew calendar found us segueing from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah within a matter of days this year. As such, the gestalt of Thanksgiving evoked a background for gratitude, light and dedication of the soul. Within the microcosm of the Mason family, there emerged a small-scale miracle around this period of time, its [...]

2021-12-15T10:51:16-08:00December 15th, 2021|

Liam Avolio: Reflections From My Bar Mitzvah

Liam Avolio: Reflections From My Bar Mitzvah The day had finally come. I suppose I knew that it was happening, but it always seemed so far away. But years became months, and months became weeks, and weeks became days. And now, here I was, catching up with family, outside the temple where my Bar Mitzvah [...]

2021-11-01T10:32:32-07:00November 1st, 2021|

Asha Wilkus-Stone: Mourning & The Shmita Year

Asha Wilkus-Stone: Mourning & The Shmita Year On Rosh Hashanah, we began the new year in the Jewish calendar, 5782. This year is a Shmita year. The Shmita year is often translated as ‘The Sabbatical Year,’ and is likened to Shabbat. Parshat Behar (Levititicus 25:1-26:2) begins with the mitzvah: “Six years you may sow your [...]

2021-10-06T11:21:27-07:00October 6th, 2021|

Judy Karin: In the Fall We Build a Fort

Judy Karin: In the Fall We Build a Fort In the fall, we build a fort.   I have a childhood memory: we’re stuck in traffic, on the way to visit my grandparents in Queens. I glance out the window and see a field of - I don’t know, it looks like giant ferns. It’s [...]

2021-09-23T15:12:02-07:00September 23rd, 2021|
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