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 email@example.com, 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.
Thursday, January 147:45pm – 9:15pmTemple Emanuel, Newton map
Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens at Temple Emanuel This Winter! Starting January 14, 2016, Thursdays 7:45-8:15 pm For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting or email Parenting at firstname.lastname@example.org Read More
- $120.00 Per person
- $200.00 Per couple
Sunday, February 287:30pm – 9:00pmPrivate home, Needham map
Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens in collaboration with Temple Beth Shalom in private homes This Winter! Starting February 28, 2016, meets Sundays 7:30-9:00 p.m. For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting or email Parenting at email@example.com Read More
- $80.00 Per person
- $130.00 Per couple
Tuesday, March 87:00pm – 8:30pmTemple Beth Sholom, Framingham map
Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens at MetroWest Jewish Day School This Spring! Starting March 8, 2016, meets Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting or email Parenting at firstname.lastname@example.org Read More
- $80.00 Per person
- $130.00 Per couple
Thursday, March 316:00pm – 9:15pmTemple Israel, Boston map
Childbirth Through a Jewish Lens is a 3-session class that is appropriate for both first and second time moms. It is also the perfect complement to another birthing class. To register, please visit: www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting or call Marcy Leiman at 617-559-8734 Read More
- $225.00 For 1 expectant mom and 1 support person
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