November 27, 2014 / 5th of Kislev, 5775
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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 2014 - January 2015
Fee: $145 per person $240 per couple; scholarships available
Free on-site babysitting
To register, contact Marcy Leiman at 617-559-8734 or, or log on to

*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!”


Temple Emanuel
Sundays, 9-11:30am (1/25/15)

Temple Sinai
Sundays, Sundays, 7:30-9pm (11/2/14)

Boston Synagogue
Sundays, 10:15-11:45am(11/2/14)

Temple Beth Shalom
Sundays, 10:30-12pm(10/26/14)

Congregation Sha'arey Shalom
Sundays, 9:15-10:45am (10/26/14)

Temple Emunah
Sundays, 9:30-11am(1/11/15)

Temple Tifereth
Sundays, 9:15 to 10:45am (11/2/14)

Temple Israel
Sundays, 10-11:30am (10/26/14)

Temple Beth Shalom
Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm(10/22/14)

Temple Emanuel
Sundays, 10:00 - 11:30am(1/11/15)

Temple Shalom
Sundays, 10-11:30am(1/25/15)

(Interfaith Families) at Hebrew College
Thursdays, 7:30-9pm.(11/6/ 14)

JCC Marblehead
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm (11/18/14)

Temple Beth El
Sundays, 9:30-11am (10/26/14)

Shaloh House
Sundays, 9:30-11am (11/2/14)

Wednesdays, TBD (1/2015)

Our Events

Our Blogs

  • By Rabbi Jillian Cameron

    This was reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily.Parenting-Main

    It seems these days that we are faced with more and more choices, whether in our personal or professional lives, whether at home or in public, whether small and inconsequential or life-changing. When choosing to raise a family, we now face more options and possibilities than any generation before us, from the most basic concerns of health and welfare to the more complex concerning character and...

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  • Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year: thus, we are now in what a friend of mine calls Tush Hashanah. It is a time for looking both forward and back, much like January, named after the two-faced Roman god Janus who decrees that we spend the first few weeks of the secular year writing the wrong date on our checks.

    We mused over questions of time and its nature in Parenting through a Jewish Lens. 

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  • Rabbi Tarfon would say:  …It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.

    Pirkei Avot 2:21

    Being at a bit of a loss for this week’s blog post, I asked my almost-eleven-year-old son for his favorite Jewish tradition, as practiced by our family. He pondered for one short “Hmm,” then said, “I think it’s when we put a dollar in the tzedaka box every Friday.”

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  • 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 me to enroll. The class was held at my synagogue, Dorshei Tzedek, and I was looking forward to discussing these challenging questions with other parents, some of ...

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  • My wife and I heard about the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens course through our synagogue and were intrigued by the concept of parenting with a specific moralistic perspective. We have been confident in our parenting skills and are always looking for ways to help our family thrive. We are guiding our daughters as they discover their place in the world and relationships to others.

    The course was fascinating and it was a pleasure to learn with parents from our congregation as...

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  • The story is told of Reb Zusha, the great Hasidic Master, who lay crying on his deathbed.  His students asked him, “Rebbe, why are you so sad?  Why do you cry?  After all the mitzvahs and good deeds you have done, you will surely get a great reward in heaven!”

    “I’m afraid!” said Reb Zusha.  “Because when I get to heaven, I know Gods’ not going to ask me, ‘Why weren’t you more like Moses?&rsqu...

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  • By Valerie Gold

    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 all in a heap, laughing, on top of us, which is pretty much how our family arranges itself most of the time, and then sat back and waited for wisdom to f...

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  • Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a 10-week exploration of core values is scheduled to begin October, 2014. This course touches on numerous parenting issues including how to incorporate daily rituals, how to parent during a loss, how to approach tzedakah or charity as a family, how to connect to a larger Jewish community and so much more.

    Taught by knowledgeable, creative, and skilled instructors, PTJL reaches a diverse background of participants ranging from Orthodox, Conser...

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  • By Judy Elkin

    I really didn’t think this text was going to resonate but I tried it anyway.  The topic was risk-taking behavior – and the parents were getting more and more anxious with each passing minute, as they imagined their ‘tweens “doing what they did as teenagers,” testing the limits either with alcohol, drugs or sex.   While no one was actively worried about these issues yet, each parent around that table knew it was just a ma...

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  • After a few gentle nudges from my sister, my husband Alan and I decided to register for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens last fall. We had moved to the suburbs only a month earlier and though we wanted our then 5 year-old to begin Hebrew school, choosing a synagogue felt overwhelming. The PTJL class seemed like the perfect opportunity to take time to think about how we wanted to incorporate Judaism into our family. We were accustomed to randomly picking and choosing wh...

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