We are very excited to once again partner with Community Day School on a wonderful and innovative program called the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha/CDS Minyan Makers. 

Starting in the coming weeks, we host 8th grade students at our morning minyan.  Their participation, in part, ensures that we will always have a minyan when they are here.  It’s a great feeling to walk into our building on those mornings and to see these kids sitting, standing, and praying in our Pervin Chapel.  Even at 7:30 AM, their energy levels are high and I know that they enjoy being a part of our minyan. 

And I am positive that they enjoy the special breakfast hosted each morning by the Morning Minyannaires!

The best part of the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha/CDS Minyan Makers program is that it is the essence of an intergenerational program.  Young kids and teens coming together to share the meaning of prayer with other people of all ages.  Thank you to the Morning Minyannaires for welcoming the kids...

Make sure to brush your teeth before you go to bed. Go to sleep earlier so you are not so tired in the morning. Get your homework done before you go out with your friends.

These are just some of the many things I used to tell our teenage son during a given day. To those of you who have raised teenagers, you know these reminders go unheeded. I’m sure my parents would say I didn’t listen to them, either, while under their roof, and the majority of parents reading this will report the same of their experiences as teenagers and with their own teenage children. But why is that? Stubbornness could be a reason; over-confidence in one’s decision making skills could be another; so too a desire to be an independent thinker and blaze one’s own path.

It’s a shame, but most of us don’t realize how much easier and fuller life would be if we could allow ourselves to benefit from the hindsight of others. I think about this when I attend our daily morning minyan. Our Morning Minyannaires have hundreds of...

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