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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With the Smell of Fresh Challah, Shabbat is Here

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Rabbi Julie 2

Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
September 24, 2013

Each Friday morning, children and families arriving to school at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center are greeted with the smell of fresh challah and are invited to take a small taste of the warm bread. My office sits next to the entrance to the preschool and I’ve come to anticipate both the […]

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A Jewish Parenting Group Shapes My Road Map

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PhoebeandFamily

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Advisory Committee Chair
September 10, 2013

Five years ago this week I started on my Jewish parenting journey when my son was born.  As an interfaith couple we had decided to raise a Jewish family, but neither of us had specific traditions we felt we had to observe, and therefore we had an open road map for the paths we might […]

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Moms Helping Moms

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karen

Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
August 22, 2013

Like many new mothers, Karen Tal-Makhluf spent the early days after the birth of her first child last fall in a state of exhaustion. Her son — a healthy 7 pound, 8 ounce boy named Ethan — was born after more than 30 hours of labor and an emergency C-section. Although surrounded by her loving […]

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A Resource That’s Even Better Than the Internet

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Community Blog A Resource That’s Even Better Than the Internet

Graduate, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
August 5, 2013

Since the afternoon in high school when my cross-country coach (who was my history teacher, a novelist and a stand-up comedian) shared his philosophy of never being unprepared, preparation has been key to everything I do. Before starting any project, I like to research, investigate, ask questions and then make decisions that are as informed […]

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Back to School Isn’t Only For Kids

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens; Participant, Me’ah
July 23, 2013

As I sit on the porch in New Hampshire with the sun shining and the pond glistening through the trees in the distance, fall feels very far away. If only there was a way to slow down time. (So far the only way I’ve found to do that is to “plank” – that tortuous position […]

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