April 19, 2015 / 30th of Nissan, 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 mleiman@hebrewcollege.edu, 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!”


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

  • 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 moments of parenti...

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  • 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 we ever got engaged, that he would fully participate in ...

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  • 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 Ono, should at least “give God ...

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  • 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 typical with PTJL sessions, the teacher used Jewish teachi...

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  • I have been blessed. So many times and in so many ways, that I am happy to report that I could not possibly list them all here. Being a parent to my nine-year-old son, Joshua, is the greatest blessing of all. I always knew I wanted to be a Mom, from the time I was a little girl. When Josh was born, I was elated. Being forty-one and single at the time, I completely appreciated the miracle of this occurrence. It was upon his birth that I recognized more fully the necessity of the tas...

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  • Rabbi Carl Perkins of Temple Aliyah calls hosting Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) a “no brainer.”  “A parent who explores the meaning of Judaism for herself or himself is a better Jewish parent. Period.” he says.

    Co-sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, PTJL is held at 15 sites throughout the Boston area and beyond.  The course uses the wisdom of our ancestors — biblical, rabbinical and ...

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  • We’ve come a long way since the start of our Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class. As first-time parents, it felt as if it was everything we could to do to keep our son Gabriel (then five months old) well-nourished and adequately clothed – any extra energy we had was spent thinking about things like how to encourage a regular nap schedule or which food to introduce him to next. We felt overwhelmed by virtually everything and had retreated into an insular ...

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  • Before becoming a parent, I received some advice that I only thought I understood.  Things like, “go to the movies while you can,” “sit down to a nice quiet meal now and then”, and of course the perennial advice given to a parent to be, “get as much sleep as humanly possible while you still have the chance.”  On some basic level I recognized that after having children my personal time and space would become a scarcer and more desira...

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  • Did Shel Silverstein get it right? Are we as parents bound by this fundamental compulsion to serve the needs of our children as the veritable “giving tree”? Is this depiction of parenthood meant to reflect an unfortunate reality or portray an ideal?

    This book has been a staple fixture on many bookshelves and for good reason. With its whimsical drawings and poignant representation of a selfless parental figure, many parents find it conveys the unconditional love a...

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  • As most parents know, when you have small children, your social life takes a major hit. Gone are the days when Friday night meant going out and blowing off steam at the end of a hard week. But just because you have to stay home, does that mean that you can't have fun on a Friday night? The answer, I am happy to say, is no. 

    My wife and I have two girls aged 4 and 2. When our oldest daughter was born and we found ourselves in the familiar place of being home on a Fri...

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