Reader Contributions

Tug at My Tallis

By Abbie Stein The High Holidays were always a very special time for my family. It was a time for togetherness. There was a special calmness...

Creating and Sustaining Shalom Bayit During Quarantine and Beyond

BY AMY ALFRED Shalom bayit is the Jewish religious concept of domestic harmony and good relations between husband and wife. Literally meaning peace or harmony...
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Jewish Farmer Network Embraces Tradition

By Maya Kassutto It seems like every family I know has a garden this year. Everyone and their mother (and maybe especially the mothers) is...
Girl Putting Picture Of Rainbow In Window At Home During Coronavirus Pandemic To Entertain Children

When a Community Shines Through a Calamity

By Rebecca Shaid and Devora Solomon There is no doubt that everyone is being affected by the loss and extreme change occurring in our country...
Gratz Ulpan 1977 Trip

Gratz College 1977 Ulpan Trip Hosts Digital Reunion

By Tali Segal Eighty-one students, ages 15-17, and their families gathered in the Gratz College parking lot, along with four leaders and Gratz administrators. The...
Ruthie Meles

Did Quarantine Make Passover Easier?

By Ruthie Meles Ma nishtanah halailah hazeh: Why is this night different from all other nights? This is a question asked annually at the Passover...
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A Grandmother’s Lesson

By Jennifer Groen Since COVID-19 befell us, I, like so many, have been sheltering in place. I am home with my three children, my husband,...
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Distance Learning at Montgomery County Jewish Day Schools

By Devora Solomon and Rebecca Shaid The first two cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery county, home to Perelman Jewish Day School, both Stern and Forman...
Baruch Davis

Prayer, Kindness Vital During Pandemic

By Baruch Davis A few short weeks ago (which has felt like forever), we were experiencing what we perceived as normal life. We were chilling,...
SaraKay Smullens

An Extremely Wonderful Job, and How It Impacts My Work Now As a Therapist

By SaraKay Smullens My favorite place of employment, by far, was Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia. Please bear with me for a moment of this...