Tag Archives: Jewish Values


Shabbat in the Woods

As we were lighting the candles last Friday night, my hands cupped to my face, I heard for the first time my daughter’s voice quietly but confidently saying the words along with me. And so I did something that I haven’t done since I was a kid: I opened my eyes, mid-prayer, and ever-so-subtly moved my hands away from my face. Yes, I peeked. I had to! I didn’t want… Read Article →


Shabbat at Our Home

  Several years ago I attended a workshop called “Making Shabbat Special” at the JCC with Rabbi Julie Zupan, a warm and thoughtful rabbi who is now an instructor for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens.  She shared a variety of ideas that sparked my own family practice.  Some of the ideas she shared were nice, but actually were not the type of Shabbat that I wanted – for example, a… Read Article →

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The [Prozdor] New York Experience

This post was written by Adi Shneorson, a 9th grade Prozdor student. Early on the morning of Sunday, April 19th we kicked off our adventure to New York when a few dozen kids from the greater Boston Jewish community loaded up onto a big coach bus at Hebrew College. Although we were all pretty tired, that didn’t stop us from immediately connecting and growing with excitement as we bounced off… Read Article →

Lili (center) at one of the work sites in Far Rockaway with both new + old friends, Abby Miller (left) and Ruby Singmon (right).

Learning to Bring Service Into My Daily Life

This post was written by Lili Klayman, a ninth-grade Prozdor student. Last week during April vacation, a group of 26 students from Prozdor and TELEM (myself included) went on a community-service trip to New York. When my mom asked me back in March if I wanted to take part in the journey, I was pretty unsure. It had nothing to do with the trip coinciding during my vacation and time off from… Read Article →


Leprosy’s Haunting Relevance

This week’s double Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora, contains a lengthy disquisition on how the priests in the times of the ancient Temple were to deal with people presenting a large range of luridly coloured spots and sores associated with tzara’at (usually translated as leprosy); understandably, it has a reputation as the portion about which rabbis least want to preach. But there is little more important in human society than our attitudes… Read Article →

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Connection and Community

Through a far-too-snowy and far-too-cold winter, the Sunday morning gatherings of our Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class at Temple Emanuel in Andover have provided a sense of warmth and community beyond anything I anticipated as a first-time PTJL instructor. Over coffee and bagels, we spend some time simply “checking-in” – sharing stories of our lives since we were last together; our challenges, our triumphs, our aggravations, and our comedic… Read Article →


The Bargained-For Blessing

I remember the day my now husband and I made “the deal”.  He was the first non-Jew I ever dated… and also so clearly the love of my life.  While I couldn’t envision asking him to give up his religious beliefs and traditions, I also wasn’t willing to give up mine or compromise on raising my future children with Jewish religious beliefs and traditions.  And so we agreed, well before… Read Article →

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Give God a Chance

The topic for our Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class was spirituality. I knew that this would be a difficult, yet important topic to teach.  As part of the class, we read an extended excerpt about encouraging God talk with your children from Danny Gordis’ book, Becoming a Jewish Parent:  How to explore Spirituality and Tradition With Your Children. I believe that Jewish parents, to paraphrase John Lennon and Yoko… Read Article →


Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Gives Parents New Perspective

Growing up, Needham mother Stacy Ross had been taught that one of the least effective ways to combat homelessness was to give panhandlers money. So for most of her life she heeded this admonition. Then something shifted her perspective. It was a discussion this fall about tzedakah — charity— that she had with a dozen other Jewish parents during a course called Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL). As is… Read Article →