created at: 2014-03-21Parenting a newborn or young child runs the gamut of emotions and experiences: excitement, exhaustion, joy. This early time can also present new challenges such as being home full-time, perhaps without a network of family or friends to lend support or stop by for a visit. For men or women who are new to parenting, living in a new community or away from extended family can also be somewhat isolating.

Shalom Baby, a program offered in Central MA by JF&CS and available through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Central MA, has been developed to connect with new parents. Shalom Baby is offered to families with children from newborn to six months (through birth or adoption) with at least one Jewish parent. Our Coordinator welcomes families to the Jewish community with a home visit, gift package, and resource guides to local Jewish programs and events. The family does not have to be affiliated with a congregation to receive a Shalom Baby visit.

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