As a public school child in the 70’s, my Valentine’s Day often ended in tears. I remember digging into my optimistically large brown paper bag in first grade to find only three envelopes, even though my mother had insisted I fill out mass-produced cards for every child in my class. “No one likes me!” I […]
Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” While I fall woefully short of fulfilling this mandate, I do tend to be the Jewish education I want to see in the world. In the early 90’s, when I wanted a way to merge my work as an environmental educator with my growing interest in Judaism, I pitched, developed, and ran the first season of the Teva Learning Center, where I could do just that. When Ella was a toddler, and I wanted her to know Jewish songs as well as she knew all the songs on her Music Together cd, I approached our local music school and helped them develop a pilot Jewish music program for babies and toddlers. Last year, after a visit to the Eric Carle museum on Valentine’s Day, I decided I wanted my kids to have a chance to do great art projects while exploring Jewish holiday themes. So, I wrote a grant with a local art educator and ran a series of Jewish holiday art workshops.