What We Learn From Camp

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Noah came home from camp this week and told us he had been fishing in the lake without a pole. When asked to clarify, he told me they just walked into the shallow water and tried to catch them with their hands. I asked him how that worked out. He told us, “Not very well.”… Read More

Spreading A Positive Impression Of Israel

Gabriela Cruz wanted to go to Israel to better understand how Israelis and Palestinians live together in an unstable area. Professor Mario Garcia found his trip to Israel “transformative and invaluable.” And on college campuses across the country, door hangers, which showcase some of the latest Israeli innovations that are making the world a better… Read More

Making the Decision to Get Help for a Loved One

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Making the decision that your aging parent or loved one needs help is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have, and it may even be met with resistance.  Whether it is family or an outside service that will provide the care, you are making a wise decision. So how do you recognize… Read More

Israel to the Rescue

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Here’s a hint for Hollywood if it’s looking for a real green hero. Look to Israel. If there is a group of people who know a little something about sustainability, about surviving more than one near apocalypse, you can find it there. I say this because at the movies, on TV, in books and even… Read More

Live the Life You Love

When I present my profession as life coach, I am often asked what that means. By definition, coaching is an ongoing relationship between the professional and the client, which focuses on the client’s taking action toward the realization of their visions, goals or desires. Coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build… Read More

Worth 1,000 Words

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Have you heard of Instagram? It is a photo-sharing site that now boasts more than 100 million users. Facebook recently bought it for $1 billion. Instagram touts itself as the app that helps you “capture and share the world’s moments.” And that’s not so far off; Instagram is an easy, fast and fun way to… Read More

Naming the Beast: Mental Illness

This was my third funeral of a similar kind. The death of yet another young adult, Peter (Avniel) who did not simply “die,” but was pursued mercilessly by a ravaging disease that often goes unnamed at funerals and rips the heart and guts out of all who know it by name: mental illness. Depression, bipolar… Read More

My Trip To Israel

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Eighteen years ago my husband, Marvin and I took our first trip to Israel. We returned to the United States with a greater appreciation of the courageous Israelis and their country. This year, thanks to Beth El, I was afforded the opportunity to revisit Israel. Even though my situation had changed (my husband passed away… Read More

Mutual Respect, Coexistence

The rose still holds its blossoms, even after a journey of 6,000 miles and several weeks. Perhaps it’s a good omen, a sign that our visit will bring long-lasting momentum for coexistence. For the 46 Krieger Schechter eighth-graders who boarded the El Al plane in May for our school trip, setting foot on the land… Read More

A Love of Heritage, Community

At 51/2 years old, I experienced one of the hardest changes of my life. My family, which until then had resided in Haifa, Israel, moved to Baltimore. Living in Israel, Judaism was constantly a part of my life. Every Friday evening, my immediate family would accompany my saba and savtah (grandparents) to shul and later… Read More