The Search for God at Radio City

“Why are we going to a Christmas show when we’re not Christian?” Thanks to Brain, Child Magazine for reposting my story from last year about raising Jewish kids at Christmas. I thought my kids would love the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Instead, it raised questions for them about what it means to be an outsider.Continue reading “The Search for God at Radio City”

Do you let a child quit a musical instrument?

My latest piece at is about my struggle with Ellie over playing the flute. She really wants to quit, but I won’t let her.  The comments have ranged from “Let the poor girl quit, you lunatic” to “You go, Tiger Mom!” Have you dealt with something similar with your children? And how did youContinue reading “Do you let a child quit a musical instrument?”

My latest piece, at

I dug back into the past to recall the day of Sam’s bris, twelve years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. As we make plans for his bar mitzvah, I find myself still grappling with issues of identity. What makes a Jew? (I should say that my title for this piece was “Conversion”…..)Continue reading “My latest piece, at”


“Sometimes the truth is like a second chance.”–Dar Williams “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”–Muriel Rukeyser “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”–Anne Lamott “I had to learnContinue reading “Welcome”