The Village that Helps Me Raise My Child

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Devorah2

February 12, 2015

I have been blessed. So many times and in so many ways, that I am happy to report that I could not possibly list them all here. Being a parent to my nine-year-old son, Joshua, is the greatest blessing of all. I always knew I wanted to be a Mom, from the time I was […]

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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens: Good for Parents, Good for Synagogues

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rabbi carl perkins

Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
February 5, 2015

Rabbi Carl Perkins of Temple Aliyah calls hosting Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) a “no brainer.”  “A parent who explores the meaning of Judaism for herself or himself is a better Jewish parent. Period.” he says. Co-sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, PTJL is held at 15 sites throughout the Boston area […]

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Parenting: Turns Out There’s More to it Than Diapers, Food, and Sleeping

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dannyandrebecca

We’ve come a long way since the start of our Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class. As first-time parents, it felt as if it was everything we could to do to keep our son Gabriel (then five months old) well-nourished and adequately clothed – any extra energy we had was spent thinking about things like […]

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Seeing the world through a child’s eyes

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rabbi hillel greene

January 21, 2015

Before becoming a parent, I received some advice that I only thought I understood.  Things like, “go to the movies while you can,” “sit down to a nice quiet meal now and then”, and of course the perennial advice given to a parent to be, “get as much sleep as humanly possible while you still […]

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Parenting and the Giving Tree

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good4

Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
January 8, 2015

Did Shel Silverstein get it right? Are we as parents bound by this fundamental compulsion to serve the needs of our children as the veritable “giving tree”? Is this depiction of parenthood meant to reflect an unfortunate reality or portray an ideal?  This book has been a staple fixture on many bookshelves and for good […]

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An Unexpected Family Tradition

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jay's family

January 6, 2015

As most parents know, when you have small children, your social life takes a major hit. Gone are the days when Friday night meant going out and blowing off steam at the end of a hard week. But just because you have to stay home, does that mean that you can’t have fun on a […]

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Bigger Than Ourselves: Finding a Foundation for Our Family

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bethskids

December 18, 2014

We have been raising our two children (ages 3 and 5) as part of the Jewish community for the past several years.  I have intended to convert to Judaism for many years, but as the kids are becoming more and more engaged in Jewish life, it has become much more important to me.  As part […]

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Hanukkah, Tzedakkah and Kids

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natans kids

December 17, 2014

One of the things that a lot of parents (including me and my wife) have been talking about the last few days has been Hanukkah and our kids’ expectation for presents.  People have a lot of different customs and approaches to the subject.  Some families we know don’t do presents at all on Hanukkah.  Most […]

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PTJL Alum Family Still Engaged Five Years Later

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Josh and Amy

December 10, 2014

My wife Amy and I took the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (then called Ikkarim) at Temple Shalom of Newton in 2009. Our experience brought together a group of people from across the spectrum of Jewish affiliation – we are an interfaith family (I am Jewish, and Amy was raised as a Presbyterian, but is […]

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Starting from the Very Beginning

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Sue Fendrick

December 4, 2014

One of the challenges I seem to come up against pretty often in life is starting something not, as Julie Andrews, would have it, “…at the very beginning/a very good place to start.” I once found myself being a trainer in something at which I myself was a novice, and while the stretch was good […]

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