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With warm weather comes more people traffic here in NYC. And more people traffic means more “people watching”. As a lifelong voyeur maybe this is why I’ve always loved New York. Cup of Jo blogged about a lovely way to take your mind off your own troubles yesterday; a way that combines prayer and people watching. And I was lead to this page of beautiful images of moments caught in the streets. It’s making me excited for this new season where we all bump into each other again, after being cooped up for so long. After a very long winter it seems New Yorkers come out from indoors smiling and unreasonably happy to strangers (not the city-dweller stereotype); making it even more fun to be here.

We are taking off for a little down-time and for a lovely Passover Seder with family on Monday night. We are looking forward to seeing family and new scenery in general. I hear we should be seeing a lot of cherry blossoms and warmer temps where we are going – which I’m excited about (even if I am now already a bit homesick!) Click on our Instagram button if you want to see our photos over the weekend and ..

Have a great weekend.

Photo from Cup Of Jo and http://www.humansofnewyork.com:

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With teachers from Colombia and India, Zoe was really struggling to pin down ONE ethnicity that may represent herself or our family. We are kind of a hodge-podge of ethnicities – but since Purim happened so recently, Zoe really wanted to make hamentashen and carry an Israeli flag around during her ‘Rainbow Song’ for International Day. She belted out her song and ate everything that the other kids brought in – bean cakes from China, Irish soda bread and empanadas to name just a few!

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Jewish and proud!

Jewish and proud!

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Making masks while dressed like kings and queens. It goes without saying that we LOVE when Rabbi Wood sports a whacky costume as well! She looks great in wings :

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We haven’t done this much sledding in a long LONG time… I am still sore. First we had a piano recital where cousins Jake, Tals and Ezra played what they’ve been learning all autumn long. Then back out to make snow forts and play in Aunt Becca’s huge yard!

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We were back in Rochester to see family – where there were 8 inches of snow waiting for us. The kids loved sledding, eating turkey and lighting candles all in the same weekend! And the song lyrics ‘over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go’ had new meaning to the kids while we pulled them through the woods out back…
(see how warm last Thanksgiving was, here!)

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I am a bit behind on posting photos. This is from Sunday when we were out in the country enjoying … the snow? Yes we got a dusting that got the kids really excited – and we are hoping to get nothing more than a dusting tonight (as if Thanksgivukkah isn’t going to be frantic enough with travel, eh?) Enjoy the start to all the holiday fun, and here’s some fun info on Thanksgivukkah – which won’t happen again until 79811!

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The whole point to getting to San Francisco was to see cousin Ellie do her thing at the synagogue. My mother in law was so happy that this was the first Bat Mitzvah I had ever seen/been to because – as she noted – it was a beautiful, heart felt service and reception without all the extravagant ‘bells and (expensive and out of touch with Judaism) whistles’ that many current Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties have fallen prey to. Just a lovely location for the party, a bunch of 13 year olds casually dressed and dancing barefoot to a DJ. There were no hired ‘dance inspirers’ or monkeys handing out kippahs or parties at the NBA or Disney store in Times Square. Just family, and some very pretty and tasteful balloon centerpieces – and a lot of limbo, dancing and fun.

Zoe passed out kind of early but I think Ezra was pretty in awe of all the older kids … and their impressive big kid dance moves!

Congrats again Ellie!

the cousins get a moment to pose (giggling) for a photo

the cousins get a moment to pose (giggling) for a photo

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candle lighting is fun with a ton of friends

candle lighting is fun with a ton of friends

the confident Bat Mitvah girl

the confident Bat Mitvah girl

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Zoe's tired little feet had to shed shoes

Zoe’s tired little feet had to shed shoes

E loves dancing with grandma

E loves dancing with grandma

the limbo stick made of some flexible balloons!

the limbo stick made of some flexible balloons!

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This is one of my favorite holidays… because it happens in the crisp cool fall (usually) and requires making an outdoor structure. Then we get to invite people to come and decorate it, and then eat inside it. What more could kids want? As Ezra said, it’s like camping only better because you get to decorate the structure! A sweet little egal­i­tar­ian syn­a­gogue tucked away on 11th street in Manhattan hosted a kid’s event for Sukkot this past weekend. I’m glad we stumbled into this event, because we will be busy and won’t get to set up a sukkah in our own garden. We never have made our own sukkah, but with our garden newly spruced up it’s more tempting than ever to eat outside.

The sweet little building in Manhattan where the shul is housed

The sweet little building in Manhattan where the shul is housed

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making mini-sukkahs of nutella and graham crackers.. yum!

making mini-sukkahs of nutella and graham crackers.. yum!

Ezra, stop eating the fruit!

Ezra, stop eating the fruit!

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This past Saturday was a day of fasting, for those of us observing Yom Kippur. We broke the fast at my friend Kate’s house… who is not only a phenomenal cook but has the cutest home ever. I am starting to think I want to move to her nearby neighborhood and convert my garage to a party spot, as she has. And since she and her husband spent some time in Russia they have a very cool, folksy red and blue thing going on in their home that is reminiscent of my godmother’s Hungarian pillows (which I love). It’s a Good Yontif when you have this to look forward to at the end of it all!

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even though we are far from water, the kids like to pretend we are on a vast sea

even though we are far from water, the kids like to pretend we are on a vast sea


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Last week we had a rabbi to our house from a synagogue in Forest Hills. We invited other families from around our neighborhood and not only did we have a fun Shabbat hangout, but we got to learn how other families do Shabbat. The rabbi brought along a sheet of songs, and we shared with everyone that we love the book The Shabbat Box by Lesley Simpson. The kids then got to decorate boxes to store their ‘shabbat things’ (or anything else) inside. Ezra and Zoe love this .. and are looking forward to using them tonight. Ezra even took the rabbi’s information on celebrating this ‘day of rest’ to heart, and stayed in his pajamas until 2 last Saturday! Maybe we will do it again.

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hamming it up for the camera with their favorite cobra candle holders

hamming it up for the camera with their favorite cobra candle holders

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