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Adult Learning in Boston: Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

This blog was reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily. Parenting Through a Jewish Lens is a program offered through Hebrew College in over a dozen locations in the Greater Boston area (many providing free child care in the daytime!). I recently participated in the program, and it was an incredible experience. The curriculum itself has been continuously updated and modified for several years now (the class used to be called Ikkarim) and has been well supported… Read Article →

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A Jewish Parenting Class for Everyone – Early Bird Discount Through June 30, 204

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a 10-week exploration of core values is scheduled to begin October, 2014. This course touches on numerous parenting issues including how to incorporate daily rituals, how to parent during a loss, how to approach tzedakah or charity as a family, how to connect to a larger Jewish community and so much more. Taught by knowledgeable, creative, and skilled instructors, PTJL reaches a diverse background of participants ranging… Read Article →

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Reflections on a Journey to and Through Me’ah

Now that my Me’ah cycle is complete, I want to express a few thoughts on the experience and how it shaped my relationship to Judaism. First, about me: an “interested gentile,” mostly nonbelieving, with one foot in Jewish practice and observance. Married into Judaism, understanding that we would raise our child as a Jew. The seeds were planted much earlier, however, as much in Judaism resonated for me: the ethical… Read Article →

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A New View of the Narrow Bridge

I really didn’t think this text was going to resonate but I tried it anyway.  The topic was risk-taking behavior – and the parents were getting more and more anxious with each passing minute, as they imagined their ‘tweens “doing what they did as teenagers,” testing the limits either with alcohol, drugs or sex.   While no one was actively worried about these issues yet, each parent around that table knew… Read Article →

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A Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Toolkit

After a few gentle nudges from my sister, my husband Alan and I decided to register for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens last fall. We had moved to the suburbs only a month earlier and though we wanted our then 5 year-old to begin Hebrew school, choosing a synagogue felt overwhelming. The PTJL class seemed like the perfect opportunity to take time to think about how we wanted to incorporate… Read Article →

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Our Children Are Not Us by Rabbi David Jaffe

In the 1990s film classic, Austin Powers, Dr. Evil has a clone who he calls “Mini-me.”  The mini-me looks just like Dr. Evil except he is one eighth his size. When my first son was younger I had a secret hope that he would be my mini-me. He would love playing soccer and studying Torah.  He would be active politically in his elementary school and of course be an avid… Read Article →

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Eser to the Rescue: Passover Edition

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The story of freedom, the props – 10 plague finger puppets, the inflatable matzah beach ball, the food (you know your yearly serving of gefilite fish was something to complain about BUT also an awesome way to get an extra dose of horseradish), the fashion (when your childhood dining room includes the stairs to the kids bedrooms, you have a perfect runway… Read Article →

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Modeh Ani

“Modeh ani l’fanecha….” A group of moms and dads sits around a table in the synagogue library, eager to see what centuries of prayer and rabbinic wisdom can tell us about how to raise our kids. It’s the first day of parenting class, and we are squinting through our Jewish lenses.  The first topic is the Hebrew prayer that greets the dawn. As I begin a new day I thank… Read Article →

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Denomination, Shenomination: A Night of Learning with Rabbis From Across the Spectrum

On the last Friday night in March, I experienced an evening of true Jewish pluralism. I was one of about 100 young adults that gathered in the function hall of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline to celebrate Shabbat and the program that brought us all together: Eser. We came from about 20 different local communities, and our families and current religious practices spanned from secular to Orthodox. We were excited… Read Article →

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Learning through Jewish texts and history at Me’ah in Sharon

  Every Monday evening, 18 adults crowd into a small classroom at Temple Israel in Sharon. Many have already put in a long day at work —developing software, seeing patients, writing marketing copy and attending college. On a recent evening, prophecy was on the agenda – Old Testament prophets Jonah and Elijah specifically. For the next three hours, with the help of biblical scholar Dr. Lynne Heller, the students grappled… Read Article →