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A new venture…

Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve written here. Mainly because I’ve scaled back my private work in order to take a fantastic job working for the Foundation for Jewish Camp. I still some individual coaching and therapy, mainly using … Continue reading

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All I really needed to know I learned at summer camp…

When I tell people I spend my summers working at summer camps their reactions are fairly predictable. If they’ve never been to camp, they don’t get it. Why would anyone send their kids away for the summer? For them, it’s … Continue reading

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Managing Transitions: A First Hand Account

I once read that we teach best what we most need to learn. I had no idea how true these words are until I sat down to write about the next steps in my own career trajectory. For the past … Continue reading

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Productive Tension

Sometimes in life we’re faced with situations that cause discomfort, sometimes even pain. There are many ways of facing these and without knowing the context I can’t pretend to know what the appropriate response might be. I can tell you … Continue reading

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A Purim to Remember

Purim is a Jewish holiday during which we celebrate the story found in the Book of Esther. It’s a story fraught with meaning but the central plot line follows two characters (Mordechai and Esther) who uncover a plot by a … Continue reading

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A training mindset

On Friday I had the privilege of delivering a workshop to a dedicated group of camping professionals at the Ontario Camping Association’s Annual Conference. The theme of the conference this year was Live-Lead-Learn – an amazing linguistic triptych whose image … Continue reading

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Time flies… when you let it.

Three weeks into January and the craziness of the end-of-year holidays is already no more than a back-story to the comfortable old routines and rhythm December interrupted. But aren’t we forgetting something? What about all those resolutions we made? Those … Continue reading

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The Expectation Paradox

Expectations are ubiquitous. So much so that we even expect ourselves and others not to have them. And therein lies the rub. We have a love-hate relationship with expectations. Never mind what the expectation is about – that’s a whole … Continue reading

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Season’s Gratings: Getting the Most Without Coming Undone!

31,000,000. That’s the number of hits you get by googling ‘holiday stress’. What is it about the holiday season that turns dreams of a white Christmas into sweat-soaked nightmares? In a word – EXPECTATIONS. Anytime in our lives when we … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary!

Tonight is the 4th anniversary of an organization I’m involved in: The Annex Shul. It’s a grassroots community geared towards young, urban professionals. The challenge in growing a volunteer organization like this is that the people it most attracts tend … Continue reading

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