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As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

By Jack Wertheimer, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include potentially frightening topics, such(…)

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Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist On a recent trip with my now-adult daughter to see family in Florida, I reminisced about her initial visit to the Sunshine State, when she hadn’t even reached her first birthday, and wondered where all the time went. One minute, she was an adorable baby, screaming endlessly throughout the(…)

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Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

By Ed Harris Seattle residents like to complain that they never know for sure when summer will finally start. I, however, have a sure-fire technique for picking the last cloudy, overcast, unseasonably cool day of the season: The precise moment we leave town for our annual family vacation. For several years now, our travel itinerary(…)

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Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent How many people have fond memories of their childhood Hebrew school programs, of sitting in their synagogues’ classrooms or social halls after a full day of English and algebra, going over alphabets and pronunciation and vowels, without understanding much of what was going on? Don’t answer that. For a(…)

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Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article entitled “The Long (Long) Wait to be a Grandparent.” Tell me about it. We baby boomers took longer to marry and have kids than prior generations, and millennials are pushing these traditional milestones of adulthood out even further. Hence the millions of(…)

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Children’s books to lighten dark days

Children’s books to lighten dark days

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to JTNews Twenty-five years ago, the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee recognized children’s author/artist Patricia Polacco for her book The Keeping Quilt, a loving tribute to her family’s past. I was one of those who voted to honor her for showing family continuity through the years,(…)

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