Parenting and the Giving Tree

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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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Reaching Parents at the Biggest Baby Shower

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2BiggestBabyShower

October 23, 2014

By Kate Weldon LeBlanc and Erica Streit-Kaplan On October 7, programs affiliated with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) came together at the Biggest Baby Shower Boston. This event, open to all new and expectant parents, was like a trade show for families with a laid-back atmosphere like a cocktail party (but they were “mocktails”). As a sponsor, CJP was […]

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How to Parent “Jewishly”

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Parenting-Main

October 7, 2014

This was reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily www.interfaithfamily.com It seems these days that we are faced with more and more choices, whether in our personal or professional lives, whether at home or in public, whether small and inconsequential or life-changing. When choosing to raise a family, we now face more options and possibilities than any generation […]

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Planting Seeds in Time

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
September 17, 2014

Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year:  thus, we are now in what a friend of mine calls Tush Hashanah.  It is a time for looking both forward and back, much like January, named after the two-faced Roman god Janus who decrees that we spend the first few weeks of the secular year writing […]

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Giving is Receiving

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Tzedakah Box

Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
August 19, 2014

Rabbi Tarfon would say:  …It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to desist from it. —Pirkei Avot 2:21   Being at a bit of a loss for this week’s blog post, I asked my almost-eleven-year-old son for his favorite Jewish tradition, as practiced by our family. He […]

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