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Dear Friends:   

I've been thinking a lot lately about what religion means to myself and my family. As the mother of an 18 year old college freshman and a 10 year old 5th grader, I routinely engage in discussions with my children about what it means to be "religious", what our family expects from its members, how much or how little religious practice is acceptable, and what being Jewish means to us. At this time of year it's an especially significant topic, as we celebrate Rosh Hashanah and look towards Yom Kippur. 

Recently I was sent an article by a member of my family, that appeared in the Boston Globe, by author Yvonne Abraham, entitled "The Staff of Life and Love". The article really spoke to me and was a "light-bulb moment" which helped to solidify my long standing beliefs about religion, tradition, and family. The article is about 90 year old Sheldon Kriegel, who after retiring from practicing dentistry, found himself baking Challah every week for himself and his children using a recipe that an old friend gave him. This ritual began as more of a do-it-yourself project, but then took on significance and has grown to represent a core family tradition that brings Sheldon and his wife Ruth together with their children. "For Sheldon and for them, the bread gives, as he describes it, 'shape and form and warmth' to life." The article really touches on the core values of togetherness, warmth, tradition, and the importance of family that are the root of Jewish practices and history. As the article goes on to elaborate, "Many of us struggle with the feeling that the bonds that should knit our families together have been stretched, sometimes snapped, by geography, responsibilities, and other distractions. Values sometimes veer, too. And traditions weaken". "A family sitting around a table, participating in a meal together, it projects a warmth and solidity which gives strength to the children," Sheldon says. 

As the High Holidays approach, it's a wonderful time for me and my family to draw closer, spend more time together, and strengthen our family's traditions and customs. This is the way that we have chosen to share what "being Jewish" means with our children. I am hopeful that each of you will create the ways that make being Jewish significant to your family. I encourage you to read the entire Boston Globe article, found here .  

G'mar Chatimah Tova!


Michelle Levine, Chairperson 
Hudson Jewish Community Forum, A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation having 501(c)(3) status
"HudsonJewish: Connecting Our Community" 



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