Author: Ben Portnoy

  • What This Summer Was

    At the start of this summer, I spent some time reflecting and writing about where we were supposed to be. I did my best to express the sadness of a summer we all felt the lose of in different ways, while also aiming to be hopeful about how all of us in the Tevya community […]

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  • What This Summer Is

    I woke up yesterday morning to a notification on my phone: Merrimack Valley Staging. Most summers, this is the company we use to set up the stage lights and sound system in Elbess. I say most summers, because this summer isn’t like most summers, and this notification was another painful reminder of that. Tomorrow is […]

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  • Counting Down the Memories

    Math was my least favorite subject in school. It just never totally clicked. Social Studies, English, History, Science, Gym – no problem. I loved learning in those subjects, especially Gym. The material was accessible for me. It was relatable and fascinating and malleable. Math was cold and rigid numbers and equations. Math and numbers may […]

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  • The New Parent Experience, Part II

    Last week, we posted the first part of a two part article published by Tevya parent and alum Julie Grasfield Weil. The article, which was published in the Sharon Advocate in July and August of 2014, details Julie’s experience sending her two sons to Tevya for the first time. Below is Part II: Two Happy Campers Equals […]

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  • The New Parent Experience, Part I

    Sending your child to overnight camp for the first time comes with many questions. Did I pack enough socks and underwear? Will they eat the camp food? If they loose a tooth will the Tooth Fairy visit? Underneath all those questions, however, lies our real concerns: Will my child be okay? Will they have fun? Will they make friends? For 75 years […]

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