Can I Have a Cell Phone For Hanukkah?

Sharon Duke Estroff
  • Review
By – February 24, 2012
This book is a step by step com­pre­hen­sive guide for the mod­ern mom on how to raise young Jew­ish chil­dren as Jew­ish mentsches. It has sug­ges­tions on top­ics rang­ing from play dates and extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties to birth­day par­ties and bar/​bat mitz­vahs. It includes infor­ma­tion about observ­ing and cel­e­brat­ing Shab­bat and Jew­ish hol­i­days and gen­er­at­ing inter­est by the chil­dren. There are read­ing, web­site, and tzeda­ka oppor­tu­ni­ty lists. Estroff deals with the inter­net and says that par­ents must stay cur­rent. She rec­om­mends not try­ing to keep up with the Jon­esteins and not mak­ing your­self and your kids crazy by over­book­ing their sched­ules. She advis­es main­tain­ing rea­son­able lim­its in every­thing from allowance to par­ty plans to com­put­er usage. Much of the advice is com­mon sense, but for the first-time par­ent of ele­men­tary to mid­dle school kids, this is a warm­ly writ­ten, easy to read source­book with an exten­sive index and bibliography.
Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams is a Cuban-born, Brook­lyn-raised, Long Island-resid­ing mom. She is Hadas­sah Nas­sau’s One Region One Book chair­la­dy, a free­lance essay­ist, and a cer­ti­fied yoga instruc­tor who has loved review­ing books for the JBC for the past ten years.

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