For each of the boys’ bar mitzvahs, we’ve had them take a percentage of their gift money and use it for some meaningful giving project. Amichai spent a lot of time thinking about something that he wanted to donate his money to, and he just couldn’t find a project that would feel hands-on and meaningful… Read More A Bar Mitzvah Boy Connects
Our safari started on a Monday morning, as the two enormous jeeps whirled into our hotel to collect us. We were on our way and were all very excited. It was about a four hour drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, and along the way, we saw many small Tanzanian towns and were able to observe… Read More Hakuna Matata! No Worries on Safari
We just returned from a two-week trip to Tanzania with our six sons. While I was very nervous and unsure about this crazy adventure before we set out, I can’t put into words what a dream come true it was now that we’ve returned. I’m sure I’ll have more to say in the coming days,… Read More Flying on a Wing and a Prayer
I’m always looking for interesting and meaningful places to go in Israel, either with my kids or with family when they visit. I’ve known about Susan’s House for years, but I hadn’t found the time to visit until now. Before Amichai’s bar mitzvah, with a few family members in town, we finally made our way… Read More From Susan’s House to Yours
It’s not surprising that I find myself sentimental the week of Amichai’s bar mitzvah. Each milestone in our lives is, of course, significant and becomes a time for reflection. I find that Amichai’s life, in particular, creates more reflection for me as it signifies our Aliyah and the ways that we have changed and grown… Read More Our Son Lives in Strength
In 2004, we stepped on to the plane to make Aliyah with our two children and our dreams for our future. We carried with us most of what we owned, including one particularly precious bundle – the baby in my stomach. Through the years, we’ve been able to mark our Aliyah milestones with Amichai’s progress.… Read More The Start of a New Journey
Today is our Bar Mitzvah Aliyahversary. Nefesh B’Nefesh asked me to share a few words about what our Aliyah means to us 13 years later. Here is what I had to say, which you can also find on Facebook. ‘Mommy, can we make Aliyah again?’ These were the words my four-year-old asked for months after… Read More Mazal Tov On Our Bar Mitzvah!
Nine and a half years ago, Yehuda lost his first friend in Israel. When we moved here 11 and a half years ago, Chanan befriended Yehuda. While Yehuda didn’t know a word of Hebrew, Chanan would smile at him in daycare and they would play together. As Yehuda integrated and learned, they continued to be… Read More A Night of Celebration, Joy and Memory
I should have known that the bar mitzvah wouldn’t look exactly as we had envisioned, and that I would be tested in all sorts of ways. I should have known. It’s surprising that, after 13 years with this glorious child, I haven’t yet learned my lessons. On the day that Yehuda was born, we woke… Read More I Should Have Known…The Joys of the Unknown
It’s the morning after the party and we are all still on a high. Pictures coming soon. But here is my speech from last night. I would share Yehuda’s speech, but it’s in Hebrew! Enjoy mine… We feel very fortunate to find ourselves, ten and a half years after Aliyah, in a place filled with… Read More A Glimpse of the Snow-Mitzvah Fun!