So Much More Than Bagels

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Bursteins

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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Return to Adult Learning

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Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 20, 2013

When I moved to Boston in 1998, my first job out of college was that of administrative assistant in the adult-learning division at Hebrew College. Then, the campus was in Brookline, on Hawes Street, and my desk was situated in a hallway between the bathroom and the office of the director of adult learning, then […]

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Milestone Moments

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 20, 2013

I was stunned when each of my children, on separate pediatrician’s visits, ran from the doctor’s office without even glancing at the sticker bucket. On many, many previous visits, choosing the perfect sticker had been a 20 minute ordeal. Suddenly it seemed, the sticker stage was over. One of my favorite questions to ask groups […]

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Joy As Sustenance

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Sabrina

Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 17, 2013

I was recently visiting my family in Spain. My mother, sister and I were ordering some drinks in an outdoor bar, enjoying balmy Andalusian weather, when my mother, starting a conversation with the waiter asked how the financial crisis is affecting the business. He responded without missing a beat: “As long as there is money […]

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It Takes a Village

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 10, 2013

There is no concise manual for how to be a good parent. No matter how many hours of pregnancy classes or how many books one reads in preparation for this amazing adventure rife with challenge and revelation, from the first day a child enters the world, s/he changes it. No matter what we think we […]

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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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shiraanddaughter

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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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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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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Schwartz family (2)

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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