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Community Snapshot: Norfolk, VA

March 22, 2017, by

People in colonial dress, men and women in naval uniforms, and men in black hats—all three styles are not unusual in Norfolk, which has been a home to a growing Jewish community for years, in addition to a major naval base, and is located right near Colonial Williamsburg. Rabbi Sender Haber, who leads the Bnai

Community Snapshot: Twin Rivers, NJ

March 22, 2017, by

Location, location, location—while many newcomers to the Jewish community of Twin Rivers, NJ, first come for its central placement between Manhattan, the Jersey Shore, and Philadelphia, they stay for the warm, small town atmosphere. Hadas Rosenthal has lived in Twin Rivers for the past three years. Though the location was her priority—her daughter is a

Community Snapshot: Nashville, TN

March 20, 2017, by

Nashville’s streets hum with music, but the city that’s all about the country is also home to a harmonious Jewish community with multiple resources in place. The area within the eruv, home to most of the observant Jewish community, is affectionately known as “Shabbosland.” The OU-affiliated Congregation Sherith Israel, which counts about 200 member families, is

​Snapshot:​ Southfield, MI

March 16, 2017, by

When Ariella Shaffren moved to Southfield, MI, from Teaneck, NJ, in 2012, one of the first things she noticed was the more relaxed pace of life. “No one honks their cars, no one is rushing anywhere, and commutes to work match the actual times listed on Google maps!” she said. Aside from less harried driving,

Snapshot: Chesterfield, MO

March 15, 2017, by

Meet me in St. Louis—or, if you’re looking for a burgeoning Jewish community that taps into the resources of a major metro hub, consider Chesterfield, a western suburb of St. Louis. Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha Congregation (known as TICK), is the shul at the heart of the community, according to Michael Treisman, a doctor who

Snapshot: Overland Park, Kansas

March 15, 2017, by

Kansas evokes images of rolling wheat plains, heartland values and Toto and Dorothy. But Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City (KC), is also home to a dynamic Orthodox Jewish community growing in small, but certain steps. “Much of Overland Park’s growth in the past decade can be attributed to Congregation Beth Israel Abraham & Voliner

Seattle: Home to Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft – and Torah

March 8, 2017, by

If you enjoy a nice cup of (kosher) coffee, you’re in luck: Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks, the main base of Amazon and Microsoft, and home of the modern-day tech boom, is also home to a significant Jewish community. With over 70,000 Jews, there are hundreds of Orthodox families who enjoy the laid-back and neighborly

The Charms of Rochester, NY

March 8, 2017, by

Nestled on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY is known for its slightly unpredictable weather and family-friendly living – Orthodox Jewish families included. With three Orthodox shuls and several Chabad centers, two day schools, separate boys’ and girls’ yeshiva high schools and a mikveh, eruv and kosher food availability, Rochester is a fantastic choice for

Being a Present Parent While Falling Apart

March 24, 2015, by

I expected a lot difficult things in advance of getting divorced at age 28, as the mother of two small children. I expected my 5-year-old would have an adjustment period acclimating to life in two separate households, and I predicted lonely nights and holidays when my children were with their father, awkward looks from people

My Road to Adulthood

August 28, 2011, by

Conquering her fear of freeway cruising is this soon-to-be-mother’s rite of passage into maturity.

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