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The Atlanta-based Center for Israel Education will convene its second Israel seminar this spring to deliver historical context and state-of-the-art educational and experiential methods to Jewish summer camp staffers.

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Establishing a positive parent-teacher relationship can be critical to a successful school year. Proactively, nurturing this relationship is an investment in your child’s education and their ability to maximize their full potential.

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It’s a common refrain among parents: “I’d do anything for my children.” And while that’s certainly true of most, a few families are taking the phrase a bit more literally than others. DIY culture is on the rise, inspired by HGTV and similar home shows, as well as the show-and-tell nature of …

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You always need help when selling your house or buying a new one. If you’ve not been involved in house hunting before, here are the kinds of experts that can make your real estate transaction move more smoothly no matter your level of experience.

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When Judy Davis was the youngest of four children growing up in Bakersfield, Califorinia, she swam and played badminton — but never competitively, unless vying against her siblings counts. 

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The internet, turbocharged with my smartphone, has made me a jack of many trades. Chef extraordinaire, plumbing expert and political pundit are among the many hats I have worn this past month, much to my family’s delight and dismay. 

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Back in elementary school, there were short quizzes of about 20 multiplication problems that you had to try to complete in one minute. For most young minds, those 60 seconds were seriously stressful.

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Does your child erase and redo homework over and over again until it’s just right? Is anything less than 100 percent not good enough for him or her?

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First, it’s an $800 replacement water heater, then a nest of roof rats in the attic that need an exterminator’s attention. Next you hire a termite expert to check out the mud tubes on the foundations of your house. Then the kitchen needs a new dishwasher, and the bathrooms need new faucets.

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The Jewish Tuition Organization’s board recently voted to broaden its scholarship policy to accept recommended funds.

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I have been a Jewish communal professional for more than 30 years, most recently from Sarasota, Florida. I remember the day I came home and told my wife and children that we were moving to Arizona, where I would be the chief development officer of Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Three …

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We are fortunate enough to live in one of the best retirement states around, which makes living and aging in place an important topic for most homeowners. Americans today are more active than ever, and your home needs to be able to adapt to all of your life stages as your age.

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Very often in life, we set stipulations for ourselves before we can or will begin a new task, hobby, challenge or endeavor. Are these stipulations, often in the form of if/then statements, helpful or just procrastination tactics?

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Last weekend, while out to dinner with close friends, I committed a social faux pas. The conversation came to a screeching halt, followed by radio silence. You’re probably thinking politics, religion, #MeToo. No to all.

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Tikkun olam calls on Jews to help “mend the world” and, in doing so, to be concerned about the welfare of others, including the feeding, housing and health of all. Jews can help close the gaps in social welfare through giving to the poor and disadvantaged, or to organizations and institution…

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The best part of any party? The free stuff. Obviously, the food and drinks also fall into this category, but a good party should also have fun party favors. And the biggest trend in party favors is personalization. But you don’t want to send people home with trinkets that will end up in the trash.

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In the world of bar and bat mitzvahs, things are changing. Gone are the days of sheet cakes, fluorescent bulbs and pastel party attire. In their place are desserts straight from the Food Network, hip, flattering lighting and fun, high-fashion-inspired formalwear.

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Eat, sleep, check our feeds. It's no secret that social media has become a staple in the lives of our children and grandchildren. While limitless access to information has its benefits, overexposure to social media can damage self-worth.

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With the tragic prevalence of opioid addiction in the United States, we all need to pay attention to the ways that children’s pain is addressed in both acute and chronic situations. Children feel and express pain differently than adults, both parents and doctors agree. At the same time, pedi…

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There are some people who remember when being in school meant rote memorization from dusty textbooks and maybe one half-working computer for everyone to share. Those days are long gone. Now schools are bringing technology and innovative educational programming to students — as is clear from …

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At my age, friends think I’m crazy for expanding my house. My contemporaries are downsizing to one-level condos or moving into retirement communities. Meanwhile, I’m adding on to my three-story, 3,700-square-foot home. Instead of mulling over my next mahjong move, I’m busy selecting furnitur…

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When decorating a kitchen, a client and I created a small sitting area in her large eating area. We decided to use a chair with an ottoman. To give the area a little “oomph,” we used color to pull it all together. My client fell in love with the wonderful fabric we used to make a pillow for …

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Thinking of refinancing your home? As you probably know, real estate and financial markets have been changing rapidly lately. Harold Perkins, president of the Galaxy Lending Group in Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Washington, filled us in on what’s been happening and how that can affect your plans. 

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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently announced she has been diagnosed with dementia and potentially Alzheimer’s disease. The news has thrown the disease into the spotlight at a time when an estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease and by…

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Recently, my daughter called me after the first exam of the semester to report her frustration and defiance. She arrived 10 minutes early to the testing site and had planned to review her notes. The proctor instructed the students to put their notes away in preparation for some guided medita…

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November is here. As soon as the election is over, the content of our mailboxes and voicemails will switch from political solicitations to requests for charitable gifts. Before you reach for your wallet, make a year-end giving plan, especially if you want the tax benefits of donating appreci…

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October is the shoulder season — the High Holidays are over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is when you want easy snacks, quick lunches and no-fuss appetizers for unexpected guests. You want them to be delicious and filling, but you also want them come together quickly with…

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In this country, there has always been a well-worn path to household wealth — and that’s buying the house itself.

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Here we are again — my favorite time of year — autumn. The sameness of the summer heat is relieved by cool mornings and evenings, which is a most welcome change. Seasonal changes provide us with decorating themes that give us the opportunity to be creative.

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To Stacy Goldate, her 94-year-old “Mom Mom” was just another old lady — albeit one she loved — who spent her days in the South Florida retirement community of Wynmoor Village, playing the piano, frequenting diners and playing cards with her 98-year-old sister, Rose Weber.

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As we begin the new year in earnest now, many of us may be looking to change certain aspects of our lives.

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