An online community for Jewish moms

All Blog Posts (938)

The Real People

I have this mental vision of Caila’s days at school - it’s of someone standing on tipped toes and stretching their arms out. The person does this for hours on end. I am pretty sure this describes Caila’s experience trying to keep up in an inclusion environment.

Many professionals have told us over the years that Caila should also engage with people who have special needs as well. Twice a week she attends an afternoon program with kids who mainly have Down…


Added by Jodi on February 7, 2018 at 3:55pm — No Comments


The past few weeks have been busy for my children and all their peers involved in the Bnei Akiva Youth Movement. My kids eagerly wait for Chodesh Irgun - the month when the leadership transitions to the next group of 15 year old madrichim. The whole month is defined by fun activities and the culmination of this excitement and sleep deprivation is a big weekend that goes from Thursday night to Sunday morning.

Our local Bnei Akiva recently started a group for people with special needs…


Added by Jodi on November 27, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Real Jewish Mothers

I have always been a working mom. I went back to work when my first child was 6 weeks old. I worked literally until my second child was born. I was so adamant to finish a project that Gavin sat in my office in Manhattan timing my contractions and we went straight to the hospital and I answered emails on my blackberry a few hours post birth.…


Added by Jodi on November 6, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Twist of Fate

I started writing this blog August in Cuba and we are now in Czech Republic and the same ideas resurfaced. 

Street child or rich kid? Communist or capitalist? Living in war torn terror or an American life of pleasure?…


Added by Jodi on October 15, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Twist of Fate

Street child or rich kid? Communist or capitalist? Living in war torn terror or an American life of pleasure?

We landed in Cuba last month and the scene at the old dilapidated airport is straight out of the movies. Hundreds of happy Cuban's are waiting to greet loved ones. Many are seeing relatives…


Added by jo on October 10, 2017 at 1:53am — No Comments

למה בכיתי היום כיפור הזה

ביקשתי כיסא מאוד ספציפי בבית הכנסת. כיסא במעבר אבל עם קו תצפית לחלון.

אני צריכה שתהיה לי אפשרות להשגיח על קיילה, בתי בת ה-9 עם תסמונת דאון, כשהיא משחקת


תמירה, בתי השנייה, בת ה-15, מחליפה איתי משמרות שמירה על קיילה כל 15 דקות, לכן אנו

זקוקות לגישה נוחה אל חצר בית הכנסת.

בכל פעם שהבטתי החוצה מהחלון, ליבי יצא אל קיילה. היא עמדה או ישבה לבד, והפנים שלה נראו

עצובות כל כך. התפקוד של קיילה גבוה במיוחד…


Added by Jodi on October 6, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Why I Cried This Yom Kippur

I requested a very specific seat in shul - an aisle seat but in line with the window. I need to be able to keep an eye on Caila, who is 9 years old with Down syndrome, while she plays outside. Temira, my other daughter who is 13 and I take turns every 15 minutes to go check on Caila and so we need easy access in and out.…


Added by Jodi on October 1, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Incredible Caila

Caila finished second grade in Israel this week. School has always been challenging for us. Integrating a child in a regular class is hard work. From fighting our way into schools, convincing the schools that Caila has a right to be there, teaching the schools about inclusion and finding the right support staff and professionals. That's just the beginning you then need to deal with curriculum modification, behavior strategies, social integration strategies and educating the administration,…


Added by Jodi on June 28, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Living in the Era of Prophecy

Our Rabbis teach us that Prophecy ended more than 2,000 years ago in the era of Ezra and Nehemiah and it is always surprising and confusing to me how many people today seem to think that they are somehow plugged in to the deepest secrets of the universe and how free they are in sharing in a profoundly authoritative way, how we should interpret events that occur in our lives.


Many years ago we were looking to buy the apartment next door to ours in New York City.  We heard from…


Added by Jodi on May 28, 2017 at 3:23am — No Comments

I am only one prayer away

I'm only one prayer away... April, 2017

that's what my father always used to say

and when I would hear those words stay

his caring words would make my day.

He was in my corner day and night

would scare those fears just out of my sight

when I was little and even big

he would make me dance the jig

and now he is gone for 35, many years

that I wonder if I can cry any more tears

yet I miss his care, concern, and motivation

his advice, his…


Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on May 12, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

India Musing

Traveling India is not for the faint hearted. It's magical and mysterious.  It's full of sights and sounds and color.  You are exposed to filth, poverty and masses of humanity. Each new place you arrive in feels like a different country. It tugs on your soul, inspires you and awakens adventure. Our family has a hunger for travel and thirst for information and India provides never ending…


Added by Jodi on April 23, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

Tomorrow's song

When life is going another way

and you wonder how to make your day

with the thoughts that all is gone

and life is not so special under your sun

you wonder how it all begun

with that wonder of fiction and fun?

was that the story that brought me a son?

so then why do I feel so glum?

with what's up today and I feel bummed?

Can things change and feel the hum 

of a new tomorrow, and not feel glum?

Can life go on and once…


Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 3:21pm — No Comments

You took that knife

You took that knife when I was not there

you took the knife without even a care

you took the knife to stab quite deep

into the flesh the knife did seep.

So now, I wonder why do I care

I just sit back to squint and stare

where were you with your thoughts to bare

the truth of then and the truth to care?

Why take the chance to go there?

Why would you even dare?

Now my children wonder why

I look to Hashem, towards the…


Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Breaking the bond

So tell me what do you gain

when you cause me more pain

by saying things that do not tell

or sit and bode you well

with me when you say

those things to ruin my day.

I can't believe that you 

go and cause me to

feel the black and feel the blue

from someone that should do

something better and something new.

I doubt that you felt the need

to go and plant that errant seed

but something made you…


Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 3:04pm — No Comments

I've been called brain washed

I love Israel yes I due

Turn my back? no can do.

I would rather fight than sue

then cause my heart to turn black and blue.

It's not that simple to love and then to hate

I would have to return to the starting gate

of time and begin to study once more

to settle this growing horrible score

against the land that I love so

and beat back those who would like to row. 

The ones who claim that I don't know

would rather spout…


Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 7:25am — No Comments

Where we donate teddy bears so far

Now, 175,000 stuffed toys and almost 15 years later, Claire bear’s is looking to widen her catchment area and expand the program. She envisions inviting others from the Diaspora to help send stuffed toys to the following locations on her list:


Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

Israel Forever blog post of my Blue Jew bear story

Blue Jew Bear peaked over the rim of Claire bear’s artful rugsack in anticipation of what was yet to come. He was about to fly to Israel with Claire Bear’s for a trial run to consider the possibility of making teddy bear aliyah. Blue Bear would have hoped to make Nefesh Bear Nefesh ( a term determined by RYNJ students who collected stuffed toys for our project before), but he had missed the deadline to submit his paw prints and legal teddy bear documents. He had to follow Claire Bear’s…


Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

Rabbi Claire who cares to share a doobi

Rabbi Claire Ginsburg Goldstein has been the camp Rabbi for 18 years at Surprise Lake Camp, a Jewish Federation funded camp. We bing in 15-20 Israeli counselors each summer so that our campers can learn to love Israel. She has been married to Larry Goldstein for 34+ years and they have four children, Sam, Shira, Seth and Sarah Rose.

Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

My father's philosophy about life

As my father used to say
Don't just think that it's what comes what may
Don't allow them all to say, "hey!"
Slow down! and force you to make their day.
It's not about them, he used to tell

Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 14, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

Monthly Archives












Sign Up for our Newsletter and get the latest news straight to your Inbox


© 2018   Created by Metroimma.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service