A Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Toolkit

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abbyposner

Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 22, 2014

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 […]

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Our Children Are Not Us by Rabbi David Jaffe

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 13, 2014

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.  […]

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Modeh Ani

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 6, 2014

“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 […]

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Recreating Passover Memories for Our Children

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Associate Director, Adult Learning
April 3, 2014

Scallions transformed into the whips of Egyptian task masters, an imaginary suitcase for a journey from Egypt to the Promised Land and someone in an embroidered Egyptian ensemble—these are my childhood memories from the Passover seders my family and I enjoyed with friends in their very eclectic home. Our friends had nine children; the father […]

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Do You Have a Box of Grumblies at Your Seder?

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Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
April 3, 2014

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens had a fabulous event at Hebrew College on March 30—   Matzah Matters attracted nearly 70 parents, children, educators and community members.  The afternoon included two learning sessions: Rabbi Benjamin Samuels discussed ways to make the Haggadah and the Seder your own, and Elisha Gechter presented various commentators on the Haggadah. […]

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Do You Have a Red Bandana?

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
February 13, 2014

Purim is by far the silliest, most playful holiday on the Jewish calendar. Children in particular enjoy the customs of Purim – dressing up in costumes, cheering the heroes Mordechai and Esther and booing the villain Haman, eating hamantashen (be they poppy-, apricot-, or chocolate-filled). It may seem amid all this silliness that Purim is […]

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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens – Reflection

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
February 6, 2014

My experience in parenting has been a mix of small triumphs and an unexpected and often overwhelming sense of love and pride…. coupled with the somewhat ongoing question of whether my husband and I are doing this “right” at all. Five months ago my eldest son (age 5) asked me about G-d. Who was he? […]

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Noticing The Good, Doing The Good

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
February 5, 2014

A child takes her lunch box from her backpack and brings it to the kitchen. How can this be a sacred act? This question came up in the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class that I am leading at Shir Tikvah in Winchester. Why is it sacred you may ask? Isn’t it just common courtesy […]

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My Journey with Raising Jewish Children

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
January 15, 2014

The day my son was born was the day my world changed. My world is now all about him and my daughter, who was born 3 years later. Seeing them both for the first time melted my heart as well as my husband’s. We were both excited and anxious about the new journey we were […]

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So Much More Than Bagels

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
January 14, 2014

“Parenting Through a Jewish Lens.” Rather self-explanatory course name, one would think at first. A course on parenting, that is, raising your kids, through a Jewish lens, meaning…well, what exactly? Perhaps not as self-explanatory as one might think at first, given the broad experiences and backgrounds one can fit into the idea of being Jewish. […]

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