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February 13, 2012 – 9:39 pmNo Comment

Speaking of Jews and lunch-boxes

By Yossi Goldfarb
Are the summer holidays too long or too short? My children will convincingly tell me just how short they are, while my wonderful wife, who does the lion’s share of child-minding while I escape to my blissfully airconditioned office, will similarly convince me of their egregious length.

Not in doubt, however, is the excitement that a new school year brings. New uniforms, new books, old and new friends all coalesce and form the pastiche that dominates our kids’ academic lives. The beginning of the school year is also the best opportunity to make sure that everything is in place. From lunch-boxes to the plethora of after-school activities, we ask ourselves just how we fit everything in last year, and shudder at the thought of having to do it again.

And then as the year moves on, as we find ourselves ferrying children to footy training and from gymnastics we think to ourselves, “something Jewish might be good for the kids too,” and then we move on to other things, and before we know it, it’s summer again and we’ve forgotten our good intentions. “Oh well, next year we’ll get right on top of the Jewish thing.”

If that’s happened to you, then stop reading now and get online to search the myriad Jewish offerings available to children in government and independent schools. Before school, after school, and even during school are all available options – and there is no time like the present to make sure the kids finish the year, a little more Jewishly enriched than they began it.

Of course, if you really want to go the whole hog (just a little pun intended), you could resolve to introduce a little more Jewishness into the home too. At UJEB, we’re keen to help you give your children a sense of identification with, and belonging to, our community. All we need is for you to remember to let us know.

Yossi Goldfarb is President of the United Jewish Education Board.

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