When was the last time you tried to define your understanding of friendship? Would you say that your definition, if you were able to come up with one, has changed over time? We think we know what a friend is or ought to be. We even think we know who are and are not our friends. But words won’t ever quite adequately describe what we feel when we have a friend. Perhaps that is what makes these relationships so powerfully important to us.
Communication is an important factor to creating a positive relationship between parents, teachers, and children. This article gives some strategies that can be used both in the classroom and at home as ways to help us communicate better with our children.
Helping our children do things that are challenging are important for their development. Children need to experience things that are not easy or that they have to work at. Below is an article with suggestions on how to help your children tackle the hard things.
Shalom chaverim! Molly Mills here. I am the VBS ECC Infant-Toddler & Family Center Coordinator. Let me begin by offering a huge THANK YOU to the VBS community. As the newest member of the staff, my family and I have been welcomed with arms wide open, and the result is that I feel instantly part of this amazing extended family. Kehilah (Family and Community) is where it all starts. The Infant-Toddler & Family Center (ITFC) is often the gateway into our Early Childhood Center, Day School, Youth Center, and the greater temple community. From the beginning, we want our families to enter our doors with a sense of connection to something bigger.
Judaism teaches us the importance of community and the sense of belonging. This is achieved through friendships. In the ECLC students learn what it means to make a friend and how to be a good friend to someone. Read the article about friendships and how parents can help their children foster positive relationships with their peers.
Last Sunday we launched our mental health initiative called “So Healthy Together.” Over two hundred people came from all over the city to share their stories and learn from experts. What I learned from our launch was that community is the most important aspect to helping prevent tragic loss like suicide to mental illness and to help survivors heal. The world is a lonely place and is only getting lonelier.
Welcome Back to ECLC. The transition back to school can be both exciting and worrisome. Our students have been back to their secular schools for a couple of months now – but some may still be hesitant about starting ECLC or returning. This article gives parents some suggestions of how to best help your child.
One Sunday morning a few years ago, as Rabbi Feinstein was leading a group of new members around the synagogue, they ran into Shirley Lowy. The rabbi introduced her to the group and said, “Shirley is always here, greeting people as they enter and offering a warm, smiling face to make them feel at home. She is the heart and soul of this synagogue.”