Shabbat: A Turning Toward Each Other

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Stephanie Marlin-Curiel

Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 10, 2013

What am I grateful for? This question has come up at many of the community Shabbat celebrations I have attended. Sometimes the question comes in the form of a request to name a highlight of the week, to which most people answer, “I am most grateful to be here, with all of you!” And I […]

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Talk About Jewish Lens

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
November 26, 2013

Since my son was very young, and we were very new parents, we have always had a nightly routine. It has changed somewhat throughout my son’s 2+ years, but always includes a bath, one (or many) books, and some iteration of “cuddle time.” In our family, bedtime is one ritual that is sacred in our […]

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Uncovering the Secrets in Our Midst

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Group Leader, Eser
November 25, 2013

The Ten Best-Kept Jewish Secrets. A pretty catchy theme, right? After all, who wouldn’t want to know what these secrets are and how they can bring meaning to our lives? But our theme isn’t just a catchy title drummed up for marketing; the planning committee chose it because we believe the topics we will learn […]

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Pizza: It’s What’s For (Shabbat) Dinner!

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Liason, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
November 20, 2013

During this crazy time of the year as we’re caught up with Hannukah and Thanksgiving, it’s easy to forget that we actually get to celebrate a holiday every week: Shabbat! I love that our tradition gives us this weekly opportunity to press the pause button on our hectic lives and encourages us to spend time […]

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A Journey of Return

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Community Blog A Journey of Return

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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