Category Archives: Community Blog

Community Blog Kindness

Parenting for Kindness

Since hateful words and actions have played such a large role in our collective experience and consciousness over the last year, it was fitting that our last PTJL session at Temple Beth Elohim focused on the opposite of hate: kindness. Our incredible group of twelve parents— with children ranging from newborn to 13 years old— spent our time together struggling with the profound disappointment and fear we feel as parents when… Read Article →

Community Blog Lexi family 1-17

Shema Moments

Being a parent to three young children, though full of joys and rewards, is also one of — if not the most — challenging experiences my husband and I have faced together. It can feel overwhelming, exhausting and full of countless unknowns. One of the most helpful aspects of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens has been the opportunity to reflect on the challenging moments of the day with other like-minded… Read Article →

Community Blog chrysalis

On Order and Chaos

I am spending a lot of time learning and thinking about the Torah portions we read on Shabbat that tell the story of our roots.  In the book of Genesis, our ancestors built, generation after generation, a small family — the family of Israel. In particular these days I am paying close attention to the life of Jacob, the ultimate father of the children of Israel.  His life, an endless… Read Article →

Community Blog cool to be Jewish

Ghosts of Anti-Semitism

As we jumped into a conversation about Jewish pride, ghosts of anti-Semitism began to fill the 3rd floor conference room of the Rashi School. While we proudly described moments of providing rich Jewish experiences for our kids, and seeing our kids confidently and competently stand before the congregation as B’nai Mitzvah, these ghosts slipped in and demanded to be heard. So in the same breath where one woman described how… Read Article →

Community Blog Beth Winograd

Embracing the Evil Impulse

When I signed up to take the course Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens, I was looking forward to meeting some new people in the Jewish community and brainstorming with parents who share my Jewish values on those “tricky” issues we face as the parents of teens. As our final session of the course approaches, I realize how much more this class has meant to me, and has given… Read Article →

Community Blog Cantor Matthew Klein

Choose Life: the Cantorial Profession in a Time of Change

The profession of cantor is changing.  A wonderful and learned colleague recently penned a moderately depressing article lamenting such changes, characterizing aspects of them as the “slow death” to the continuity and dignity of the cantor’s vocation. I say “moderately depressing” because as a pulpit cantor and survivor of an exhausting cantorial school reorganization and re-visioning process, I am used to periodic questioning of the direction of my profession and… Read Article →

Community Blog voting 2016

Election Day and Mindful Parenting

In 2008, I took my sweet, spirited 3-year-old daughter Anna with me to vote. As part of our regular Tuesday schedule at the time, my in-laws were over for a few hours that afternoon to help. They stayed home with adorable 7-month-old Eleanor while Anna and I walked, hand-in-hand, to our polling place a few blocks away.  I showed Anna how I filled out the paper form and she helped… Read Article →

Community Blog Linna Ettinger

Shattered Myths at the National IAC Conference

This article is dedicated to the memory of Shimon Peres, an inspirational leader whose leadership, thought and spirit continue to bring out our creative potential. The mythical walls dividing the Israeli-American community from the American Jewish community were completely shattered this past weekend as more than 2,100 conference attendees convened at the 3rd Annual Israeli-American Council National Conference in Washington DC. Israeli-American and American Jewish activists, program directors, philanthropists, educators,… Read Article →

Community Blog Adult_Learning_Principles_Wordle

The 11 Qualities Needed to Teach PTJL

Much is made of the difficulty of raising tweens and teenagers in our chaotic and confusing world. Tweens and teens have significant developmental transitions to make and they are being asked to grow up faster than ever. When one looks for guidance in how to raise tweens and teens thoughtfully and realistically as Jews in our pluralistic society, there are not that many places to look. The opportunity to address… Read Article →