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Purim Advice for Parents: Encouraging Kind Acts

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:00am -- Keri

Purim means much more than just fun and games. To demonstrate our gratefulness for surviving a near tragedy, we are to fulfill two mitzvoth on the Jewish holiday of Purim to help us remember the many blessings that fill our lives: one is to make “shalach manot” -- gift bags of food to give to friends; the other is matanot la’evyonim -- to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:00am -- Keri

As parents we do our best to teach our children right from wrong. But as we know our children still make mistakes. The ECLC is a place for our children to grow and to learn from their mistakes so that when they leave our school they are confident individuals who can make the best choices. Below is an article on how to teach students to embrace their mistakes. 

Hannukah Kavanot

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:00am -- Keri

We celebrate Hanukkah with our friends and family. But we know that Hanukkah is more than just the latkes, soufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts), and presents, so how do we remember our Jewish history? What is the message of Hanukkah that we want to give to our children? 

Eight Gifts That Give

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:00am -- Keri

Last week we remembered to be thankful and show gratitude to the blessings we have in our lives. With Thanksgiving weekend coming to a close, we are now entering the Holiday season. Each year we ask ourselves, how we can make Hanukkah, a holiday about dedication and Jewish identity, more meaningful for ourselves and our children.

My Secret Jewish Prayer

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:00am -- Keri

When I was a little girl, I heard a story about prayer. I can’t remember if it was directly taught to me in Hebrew school or something I just picked up. In the story, a small child did not yet know how to pray, yet she knew the letters of the alphabet. 

End of Year Awards

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:00am -- Keri

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. 

Every Mom Has Two Different Sides

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:00am -- Keri

This Mothers’ Day I want to acknowledge that each of us has at least two parts, and both parts are worth celebrating–the part that’s “Mommy,” and the part that’s not.This Mothers’ Day I want to acknowledge that each of us has at least two parts, and both parts are worth celebrating–the part that’s “Mommy,” and the part that’s not.

5 Jewish Tips for Handling Those Parenting Fails

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00am -- Keri

Over Halloween, some 6th grade drama occurred among my daughter’s friends. Typical stuff really: some girls in group costumes, other girls feeling left out, lots of chatter about who would be trick-or-treating with whom—and then throw a boy-girl party into the mix. Nothing catastrophic happened, but it’s junior high now and social situations can evoke uncomfortable and even unfamiliar emotions.

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