Parenting By Parsha: Shoftim

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This morning we had a little bit of a sharing challenge in our home. Every once in a while, our little one gets to hang out with a good friend as part of a nanny-share. These two toddlers are besties from birth; they’ve been hanging out since infancy. Navigating new toys is hard, though, no […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Re’eh

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This week’s portion is chock-full of interesting things to write about. So full, in fact, that I had to read it a few times before I could choose something. We’re getting into the weeds of the Torah, that section before the Pentateuch wraps up in blazing glory as we get near to Shemini Atzeret this […]

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Good News, Bad News On MN Social Studies Standards

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While the fight to get the Holocaust and genocide studies reinstated to the Minnesota social studies curriculum was successful, a multifaith coalition is organizing again to fix something new that was left out of the most recent second draft released late last week: All instances of specific religions. “We’re working with our friends in the […]

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Panel Helps To Answer COVID Questions As School Nears

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While many families would have hoped that the questions around returning their kids to school during the pandemic this fall would be settled by now, the truth is that there are many unknowns. Even as we get to some schools starting in late August, the uncertainty isn’t easing, which is why a number of Twin […]

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Parenting By Parsha: VaEtchanan

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A few weeks ago, my cousins came to visit us from Boston. It was a joyous day — we hadn’t seen one another for ages due to COVID-19 regulations. We hugged, and caught up, and ate cherry pie. Also, they brought a birthday gift for our little one — magnetic tiles to build with.  Our […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Dvarim

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My kid is a risk-taker. While there may have been some question about this (Does he understand what he’s doing? Did I make the boundaries clear?) it’s now undoubtedly true — this kiddo enjoys pushing the envelope.  I shouldn’t be that surprised to discover this, I suppose. I wasn’t exactly a shy-and-blushing wallflower myself. I […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Pinchas

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In two weeks, my older sister will basically be my neighbor. Okay, that’s not exactly true — Jersey City is not next door to Brooklyn. Nevertheless, it’s a heck of a lot closer than Chicago, where she’s been living for the last while. And it’s a whole lot closer than Israel, where the rest of […]

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Jewish Job: Beth El Seeking Master Teacher For Shabbat Mornings

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Job Title: Master Teacher Organization Name: Beth El Congregation Job Type: Part-time, Saturday mornings 9 a.m.-noon Salary Range: $60-$75 per session Deadline: August 11, 2021 Job Summary/Description: Join us on Shabbat mornings and be part of a stellar and high-energy B’nai Mitzvah Program. Our “Master Teachers” supervise our teen teachers and their 5th-7th grade students […]

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