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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Return to Adult Learning

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Community Blog return to adult learning

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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