Category Archives: Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

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

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 how to encourage a regular nap schedule or which food to introduce him to next…. Read Article →

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Seeing the world through a child’s eyes

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 have the chance.”  On some basic level I recognized that after having children my personal… Read Article →

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Parenting and the Giving Tree

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 reason. With its whimsical drawings and poignant representation of a selfless parental figure, many parents… Read Article →

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Bigger Than Ourselves: Finding a Foundation for Our Family

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 of my conversion process, my husband and I signed up for Parenting Through a Jewish… Read Article →

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Hanukkah, Tzedakkah and Kids

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 do. Some do one small present every night.  Some do just one big one on… Read Article →

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PTJL Alum Family Still Engaged Five Years Later

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 now a Bahá’í ) and we were in good company. We all shared a sense… Read Article →

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Starting from the Very Beginning

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 for me (and developed my skills too), I also wished for the chance to learn… Read Article →

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Reaching Parents at the Biggest Baby Shower

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 given a large display area, which they kindly opened up to several partners who work… Read Article →

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How to Parent “Jewishly”

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 before us, from the most basic concerns of health and welfare to the more complex… Read Article →