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Reaching Parents at the Biggest Baby Shower

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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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The Whole World Is A Sukkah: Intergalactic Judaism

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Director, Prozdor
September 17, 2014

I’ve probably taught 20 different courses over the past 11 years at Prozdor. While most have been about Israel and the Bible, every now and again I take a shot at something new. This semester I had a crazy idea: what would it be like to teach a class about how Judaism would look, feel, […]

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Tough Questions from My Children: Our New PTJL Coordinator Shares Her Story

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July 31, 2014

What happens to people when they die? Where is God? Can we have a Christmas tree? These were the questions that my children were asking in 2012, the year I decided to participate in Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. I’d been hearing about the class for several years, and it seemed like the right time for […]

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Religious Zealotry, Then and Now

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Pinhas, Numbers 25:10-30:1
July 9, 2014

Hot-blooded anger. Self-righteousness. Unflinching certainty. Extreme measures. These are some of the hallmarks of violent religious zealotry. We see its vicious resurgence all over the world today: the headlines from Iraq, Syria, and much of the Middle East are filled with Islamist jihad, as Sunnis slaughter Shiites and vice versa; Boko Haram, a radical Islamic […]

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Why Every Parent Who Has No Time at All Should Find Time to Take Parenting Through A Jewish Lens

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June 17, 2014

In December, my husband Joel and I started the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class at Temple Israel in Natick. Our first assignment was to decorate name cards with pictures of our family. We drew our three kids, Asher, age 8, Camille, age 3, and our baby, Zeke, then almost 14 months. We drew them […]

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Pesach Reflections on Ukraine and the Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project

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April 9, 2014

Rabbi James Morgan April 9, 2014 On Pesach we celebrate our ancestors’ liberation from Egyptian slavery—and our own. Every year, the Jewish People finds itself in the narrow straights of Mitzrayim. And every year, we, the Jews, experience our own liberation and witness the liberation of one branch of our global family, even as others […]

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Diversity: A Reflection

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Director, Prozdor
March 25, 2014

Growing up in Belmont, I knew about Bedford in two distinct ways. First, that the Marshall’s in Bedford was the best one around. Second, that Bedford was on the way out to “The Swamp,” which is what my parents called Great Meadows. That was about it. Now that I’ve been a homeowner and resident in […]

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Community Day: Interfaith Learning on the Hill

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Student, Andover Newton Theological School
March 10, 2014

Last week I attended the Andover Newton and Hebrew College Joint Community Day. The event was sponsored by Andover Newton, Hebrew College, and the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE). This was a day I had been looking forward to for weeks! Both schools cancel classes for one day and come together for […]

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Ballroom Dancing and Bat Mitzvah Blackout: A Conversation with Ilana Pavlotsky

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Director, Prozdor
February 27, 2014

Ilana Pavlotsky is a junior at Needham High School and recently returned from traveling to Ukraine on Havayah, a fellowship run by Prozdor for teens from Boston, Haifa, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to run 10 days of programming for Jewish elementary school students there. Ilana, who comes from a Ukrainian family herself, is a passionate ballroom dancer […]

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Shabbat Anecdote

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Havayah Participant
February 21, 2014

Tonight was a very special night for all of the Havayah participants. The Kabbalat Shabbat service was very powerful and helped me connect more with the kids from Haifa and Dnepropetrovsk. There was one moment that really stood out in my mind and I will take with me back to Boston. After saying the Amidah, […]

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