By Erica Streit-Kaplan I first heard about Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) - then called Ikkarim - from a friend in 2006. We were seated next to each other at a Rosh Chodesh group as I nursed my infant. She raved about the program, then in its second year, and told me I should sign up. Fast forward several years, and in 2012 I registered for PTJL and agreed to be the “parent liaison” for my congregation’s class. My daughters were … [Read more...] about 13 lessons Learned from Parenting Through a Jewish Lens in its B’nai Mitzvah Year
By Lori Rubin and Anna Marx In 2008, five congregations participated in a new network in Greater Philadelphia that looked at how to successfully engage Jewish families with young children. Over the last seven years, The Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Young Families has included 27 congregations learning about and innovating in the area of family engagement. Through our assessment of these programs over the past seven years, we … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned in Engaging Young Families
By Linna Ettinger “The leaning tower of Pisa is leaning because it needs a strong foundation.” When I was a preschool teacher a few years ago, one of my four-year-old students gave me this answer in response to my question to the class to explain why the Tower of Pisa was leaning. Even a four-year-old preschool student knows the importance of having a strong and evenly balanced foundation. Today, Jewish early engagement is leaning on an … [Read more...] about Who is The Architect of Early Engagement?
By Cathy Rolland Every new parent understands the pressure and stress associated with finding the best ways to create a rich and fulfilling future for their children. Faced with societal expectations, money constraints, and more programmatic opportunities than ever for their young ones, Jewish life may not always make it to the top of the priority list. As a part of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Communities of Practice work, we’re … [Read more...] about 4 Ideas for Engaging Families with Young Children in Jewish Life
By Betsy S. Stone, Ph.D. Liberal Jews have been batting the idea of Family Education about for decades. We are still struggling to understand what it is and why it matters. For the past two years, as a member of the teaching staff at Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT, I have been running a 6th-7th grade Family Ed project that is successful and well attended - and it’s all family ed, all the time! I work with these assumptions: that parents and … [Read more...] about A New Model for Family Education