A Journey of Return

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Student, Me’ah
October 30, 2013

For more than 40 years, my Jewish heritage was the farthest thing from my conscious mind, even though my background is stronger than most. Both my parents and my beloved aunt were graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Teachers Institute. I went to the Yeshivah of Flatbush for eight years, then attended Marshalea Hebrew High […]

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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Opened Our Eyes to New Ways of Thinking

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Goldberg Family

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Advisory Committee Member
October 23, 2013

Life changes when your first child is born. All of a sudden you are whisked into a world where focus and priorities are forever altered and everything you do is accompanied by the thought “what is best for my child?” During the first year, there is so much to learn and do that new parents […]

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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Gave Me a Sense of Community

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
October 10, 2013

The summer of 2009 was a time of big changes for our family.  My husband and I had made the decision to move our children – then ages 8, 6, and 2 – from Pittsburgh to the Boston area.  We were happy to be moving to a place where we had family just a short […]

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Hooked on Adult Learning… on account of Me’ah!

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Student, Me’ah
September 25, 2013

Me’ah is crack for the Jewish intellect (soul, identity).  Stimulating, comforting, lively, addictive – always leaving you wanting more. It is a very well thought out curriculum, a perfect mix of history, philosophy, sociology, individual personalities. Each meeting opened a window onto whole areas of interest and scholarship. From Me’ah I developed a real sense […]

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With the Smell of Fresh Challah, Shabbat is Here

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
September 24, 2013

Each Friday morning, children and families arriving to school at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center are greeted with the smell of fresh challah and are invited to take a small taste of the warm bread. My office sits next to the entrance to the preschool and I’ve come to anticipate both the […]

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From Blissful Ignorance to Me’ah: Judaism “Catch Up”

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September 11, 2013

I have always been Jewish–at least culturally. Yiddish, Jewish music, and of course Jewish food were evident in my home and that of my great grandparents who came from the “old country.” Although I didn’t have a bat mitzvah and usually attended services just on the High Holidays, I did go to a Reform Sunday […]

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A Jewish Parenting Group Shapes My Road Map

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PhoebeandFamily

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Advisory Committee Chair
September 10, 2013

Five years ago this week I started on my Jewish parenting journey when my son was born.  As an interfaith couple we had decided to raise a Jewish family, but neither of us had specific traditions we felt we had to observe, and therefore we had an open road map for the paths we might […]

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Moms Helping Moms

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
August 22, 2013

Like many new mothers, Karen Tal-Makhluf spent the early days after the birth of her first child last fall in a state of exhaustion. Her son — a healthy 7 pound, 8 ounce boy named Ethan — was born after more than 30 hours of labor and an emergency C-section. Although surrounded by her loving […]

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Eser: A Place for Sharing and Connecting

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Participant, Eser
August 16, 2013

Due to the hustle of my weekly routine, many things get put aside for later. But, once I enrolled in Eser, it quickly became my priority. It served as an oasis of goodness in my week and helped me gain perspective. I could express myself and explore my Jewish identity, an identity that my normal, […]

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A Resource That’s Even Better Than the Internet

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Community Blog A Resource That’s Even Better Than the Internet

Graduate, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
August 5, 2013

Since the afternoon in high school when my cross-country coach (who was my history teacher, a novelist and a stand-up comedian) shared his philosophy of never being unprepared, preparation has been key to everything I do. Before starting any project, I like to research, investigate, ask questions and then make decisions that are as informed […]

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