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A bar mitzvah during a pandemic

We took many things for granted at our oldest son’s bar mitzvah, which was back in November 2019. He read from the Torah during an afternoon Shabbat service followed by Havdalah, where all the youth present were invited up on the bimah with glowsticks – unmasked. Family members from California, Vancouver, Nevada, Texas and New […]

Summer memories, 2021

Although the kids have already headed back to school, here’s a quick recap on the summer for memory’s sake. With COVID-19 vaccinations in the spring, summer plans opened up more than last year but we were still being cautious as our youngest isn’t able to get vaccinated yet and there are still breakthrough cases of […]

Trying to understand

Following the recent news in Israel has been so disorienting. The conflict between Israel and Gaza has a long, complicated history, but is one that I thought I was somewhat familiar with. However, the comments on social media I’ve been reading this week seem to be based on an entirely different narrative. What is going […]