January 29, 2015 / 9th of Shvat, 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)

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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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  • We have been raising our two children (ages 3 and 5) as part of the Jewish community for the past several years.  I have intended to convert to Judaism for many years, but as the kids are becoming more and more engaged in Jewish life, it has become much more important to me.  As part of my conversion process, my husband and I signed up for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens.  It has been such a great experience to share with other families in our community.


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  • One of the things that a lot of parents (including me and my wife) have been talking about the last few days has been Hanukkah and our kids’ expectation for presents.  People have a lot of different customs and approaches to the subject.  Some families we know don’t do presents at all on Hanukkah.  Most do. Some do one small present every night.  Some do just one big one on one night.

    As I was talking with our PTJL class before class this Sunday, ...

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  • One of the challenges I seem to come up against pretty often in life is starting something not, as Julie Andrews, would have it, “…at the very beginning/a very good place to start.” I once found myself being a trainer in something at which I myself was a novice, and while the stretch was good for me (and developed my skills too), I also wished for the chance to learn slowly and at my own pace, not jumping the gun.

    Parenting has been a bit like th...

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  • 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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