Parenting Through A Jewish Lens
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
A 10-week journey for parents of all backgrounds*
-Explore core values (ikkarim) that can strengthen your family
-Create community with other parents in your area
-Learn with expert instructors who are also parents
Classes begin October 2015 - February 2016
Fee: $145 per person $240 per couple; scholarships available
Free on-site babysitting for daytime classes.
To register, contact Marcy Leiman at 617-559-8734 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting
*Students of the program have included interfaith couples, GLBT parents, single parents, those of all faith backgrounds, people with significant backgrounds in study, and those without any background.
“PTJL enabled me to slow down and think about how I want to raise my child.”
“Our discussions afforded me a view into other parents’ lives—I wasn’t alone in searching for answers to my kid’s questions.”
“I had never been excited about text study—suddenly, both ancient and contemporary sources had something to say to me!”
2015-2016 Class Locations
BEVERLY – Temple B’nai Abraham, Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
BROCKTON/ RANDOLPH – Temple Beth Emunah, Sundays, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
BROOKLINE – Kehillath Israel, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
BURLINGTON – Temple Shalom Emeth, Sundays, 9:15-10:45 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE – Harvard community and beyond, location TBD, Thursdays, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
CAMBRIDGE – Tremont Street Shul, Sundays, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
CANTON – Temple Beth Abraham, Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
DEDHAM - (Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens) – The Rashi School, Wednesdays, 8:15-9:45 a.m.
EIM CHAI – private homes, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
EIM CHAI – (Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens) – private homes, Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – (Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens) – MWJDS meets at Temple Beth Sholom, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
JAMAICA PLAIN – private homes, Sundays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
NEEDHAM – (Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens) – private homes, Sundays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
NEWTON – (Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens) – Dorshei Tzedek at JCDS, Sundays, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
NEWTON – Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
NEWTON – Solomon Schechter Day School, day and time TBD
NEWTON – (Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens) – Temple Emanuel, Thursdays, 7:45-9:15 p.m.
SHARON – Temple Sinai, Sundays, 9:15-10:45 a.m.
WALTHAM - Boston-area Jewish Education Program (BJEP), Sundays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
WAYLAND – Temple Shir Tikva, Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
WEST ROXBURY – Hillel B’nai Torah, Sundays, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, June 308:15am – 9:45amThe Rashi School, Dedham map
Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens at The Rashi School This Fall! Starting October 21, 2015, meets Wednesdays 8:15-9:45am For more information visit: www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Read More
- $80.00 Per person
- $130.00 Per couple
Tuesday, June 309:00am – 10:30amHebrew College, Newton mapPrice TBDRegistration is now open for Fall and Winter Parenting classes throughout Greater Boston. Register prior to June 30th to take advantage of our early bird discount - $20 savings. Find a class convenient for you: www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Email email@example.com or call... Read More
Tuesday, June 309:30am – 11:00amTemple Shir Tikva, Wayland map
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Temple Shir Tikva This Fall! Starting November 1, 2015, meets for 6 sessions, Sundays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. For more information visit: www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Read More
- $90.00 Per person
- $145.00 Per couple
Tuesday, June 3010:00am – 11:30amBrandeis Univesity, Waltham map
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Boston-Area Jewish Education Program (BJEP) This Fall! Starting October 4, 2015, meets 1/ month for 8 sessions, Sundays, 10-11:30am For more information visit: www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Read More
- $120.00 Per person
- $200.00 per person
Tuesday, June 3010:15am – 11:45amTemple Beth Emunah, Brockton map
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Temple Beth Emunah This Fall in collaboration with Temple Beth Am, Randolph! Starting November 1, 2015, Sundays, 10:15 -11:45am For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Read More
- $145.00 Per person
- $240.00 Per couple
Tuesday, June 3010:30am – 12:00pmTemple B'nai Abraham, Beverly map
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Temple B’nai Abraham, Beverly This Fall! Starting October 18, 2015, meets Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information visit:www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Read More
- $90.00 per person
- $145.00 per couple
Sunday, October 183:30pm – 5:00pmPrivate home, Boston map
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens in Jamaica Plain This Fall! Starting October 18, 2015, meets Sundays afternoons, 3:30-5:00 P.M. in a family home in Jamaica Plain. For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Or email Parenting at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Read More
- $90.00 Per person
- $145.00 Per couple
Wednesday, October 217:30pm – 9:00pmPrivate Home, Sharon map
Registration is open for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens for Eim Chai Alumni and Israel Trip Returnees. Starting October, 21, 2015, meets 1x/month, 10 sessions, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm at private homes in Sharon. For more information visit:www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Read More
- $145.00 Per person
- $240.00 Per couple
Thursday, October 227:30pm – 9:00pmPrivate Home, Brookline map
Registration is open for Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens for Eim Chai Alumni and Israel Trip Returnees. Starting October 22, 2015, meets 1x/ month, 8 sessions, Thursdays 7:30-9:00 pm at private home in Brookline. For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting Read More
- $120.00 Per person
- $200.00 Per couple
Sunday, October 259:15am – 10:45amAtria Longmeadow, Burlington map
arenting Through a Jewish Lens in collaboration with Temple Shalom Emeth meets at Atria Longmeadow This Fall! Starting October 25, 2015, meets for 3 sessions, Sundays, 9:15-10:45 a.m. For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting or email Parenting at email@example.com Read More
- $50.00 Per person
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