The Jewish Family Now

ON REAL ESTATE

Staff Writer
06/23/2010

 Manhattan’s Most Sophisticated Rental Property –
The Corner at 200 West – Offers 45 Unique Layouts,
Top-of-the-Line Amenities and a 10,000-Square-Foot Roof Terrace.

Rising 20 stories and located on the iconic corner of 72nd Street and Broadway in the heart of the Upper West Side, The Corner at 200 West is Manhattan’s newest and most sophisticated residence, providing a magnetic addition to the luxury rental market. Open just three months, the property has already leased more than 50% of its 196 apartments. 

The Greening Of Apt. 9-D

One Upper West Side family’s experiment in sustainable living.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2010

The heat arrived earlier than expected this June with the type of humidity that caused our thoughts to hang inside our heads like a damp heavy cloth. It looked like we were going to have to break our family’s “no air-conditioning” policy, made four years ago at the time almost everyone, including our kids, discovered global warming. As the proprietor of Beacon Hardware waved his hand across the mammoth air conditioner that we would need to cool our apartment, we caught the corner of each other’s eyes. No way. We weren’t going to be defeated, yet.

The author with her husband and two children at East Hill Farm in New Hampshire, which raises and preserves rare breeds of farm

Inside The Gay-by Boom Family

Q&A with Susan Goldberg,
editor of ‘And Baby Makes More.’

Staff Writer
06/23/2010

 Susan Goldberg and Chloë Brushwood Rose’s new LGBT parenting anthology “And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families” (Insomniac Press) is not about Jewish families, per se. However, many of the contributors weave Jewish issues into their stories. 

A freelance writer and blogger (www.mamanongrata.com), co-editor Goldberg and her partner, Rachel, live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with their two sons, ages 5 and 3. Both boys have the same donor, Rob, who lives in a different city but visits often.

 

CBST’s ‘Gay-by Boom’

The gay and lesbian synagogue in the Village is, despite
the challenges, welcoming an explosion of children.

Associate Editor
06/23/2010

 This fall, when I embarked on a quest to find a Hebrew school for my kids, I did not expect one of the top contenders to be Congregation Beth Simchat Torah.

We are gay-friendly and the proud aunt and uncle of an adorable baby with two mommies. But my husband and I are straight — and CBST, after all, has the distinction of being the world’s largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered synagogue. 

All-In-The-Family Hebrew School

Pilot ‘Yerusha’ program seeks new level
of engagement for kids and their parents.

Associate Editor
06/23/2010

 On an unseasonably hot Sunday afternoon in May, Karen and David Nathan are in their Princeton, N.J., backyard with their two children and four other families. 

But instead of barbecuing or chatting, the parents are watching as the kids, ranging in age from 5 to 14, prepare to act out a story from the Talmud.

Justus Baird, a soft-spoken entrepreneur-turned-rabbi, passes out the short scripts and divides up the parts — which include Elijah the Prophet, God and Old Man with Two Myrtle Branches — among the 11 children.

Parent Esther Rose, left, leads a session while Ezra Edelman, Eli Nathan and Laila Finkelstein listen.

Chai Culture

18 New York experiences every Jewish kid should seek out before adulthood.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2010

 At least once a season, I stumble upon an event that reminds me of why I continue to make my home in New York City, despite high costs and tight space. The encounter generally takes me by surprise, reminding me of the rich culture that waits around so many corners.  

Get stuffed: Yonah Schimmel’s on the Lower East Side caters to kids with its pizza-flavored knish.

Bedtime Stories Good For Publishing Business

Children’s book giveaway writing new chapters in publishing market, and Jewish families.

JTA
06/23/2010

Boston — Once upon a time it was hard to find a wide selection of Jewish children’s books. Mostly there were books on Chanukah and Passover, plus retellings of Bible stories and folk tales.

The market was small and uncertain, and mainstream publishers could not count on large enough sales to justify the expense of publishing new titles.

Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Harold Grinspoon and his wife, Diane Troderman, at PJ Library event earlier this year in New York.

Virtually There

Guests joining the party from every corner of the world —
on their computer screens. How technology
is connecting families as never before.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2010

A few months before his son Jonah was born, David Bryfman reluctantly told his Australian parents it would be best if they skipped the baby’s brit milah. Their presence in his small Brooklyn apartment would be more helpful a few months later.

His parents came anyway, dining on bagels and lox, tearing up with emotion and toasting the newborn — whose image was projected on a giant screen in a party hall in Bryfman’s hometown of Melbourne, Australia. 

Conservative rabbis Erez Sherman and Nicole Guzik married each other in January.

A Reading List For Harried Parents

Staff Writer
06/23/2010

 I’m not one to read parenting guidebooks — who has the time if they’re truly parenting? — but I adore Wendy Mogel’s “The Blessing of A Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children” (Penguin Compass, 2001). Her book is easy to read and her approach is sensible. She and my mother are my two voices of parenting reason. I anxiously await the October publication of her new book, “The Blessing of a B Minus” (Scribner). 

Wendy Mogel calls Shabbat “the most widely countercultural rejection of the way we live.”

Tips For Avoiding Overscheduled Family Syndrome

Staff Writer
06/23/2010

 When parents sign up for ice skating lessons on Thursdays and yoga on Mondays they have the best interest of their child in mind. But the constant running and shlepping to after-school activities can be draining for parents and in fact, harmful to children. (Not to mention the expense of class fees, sports uniforms and meals purchased on the go, rather than prepared at home.)

Lenore Skenazy’s free-range movement is about common-sense parenting.
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