If you relate to what Jodi Coburn and her husband Steve Blumenkrantz gained from their participation in Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (aka Ikkarim) sign up now for the fall program at www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting and meet over 100 parents who have already signed up for the program and have joined our Facebook page.

We really liked getting to know others not only from our own synagogue, but from the community as well.  If you meet new people at something like a Temple service or at an ice cream social, you don’t get to truly learn about them.  In the class, we got to know one another through the common bond of wanting to become better parents.

While other parenting courses we’ve taken over the years focus on little tidbits of parenting issues such as homework or bedtime problems, Ikkarim looked at the much bigger picture.  Its focus was on the psychology and insight of Judaism, which address issues we all face, such as discovering and honoring who your child is.

Over the years, I’ve learned that there is much more wisdom in the Jewish tradition than I had realized. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much of my belief system and parenting philosophies precisely match what is included in Jewish texts. I realized that I don’t need to re-invent the wheel – it’s all spelled out for me. This program gave me and my husband the time and skills to sift through that wisdom, and I think every parent could use a hand doing that.