Posts Tagged: children

Jewish Scouts: Catching the Ruach



Scouting has been in the news lately as the Boy Scouts of America reconsider a longtime ban on gay scouts and leaders. A recent New York Times article describes in detail the discussions and opinions on this decision from various national leadership, and the Huffington Post reports that Boys Scouts of America is delaying a […]

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Ban on Scouts Undermines Shared Principles



For over a decade the Union for Reform Judaism has advised its synagogues to break ties with Boy Scouts of America, to not sponsor troops or allow them to use their facilities. This week it looked like all of that might change, but synagogues wishing to return to the BSA will have to wait at […]

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Jewish Teens as Role Models for Jewish Kids



The teenage girl puts her arm around the fourth grader. They both smile. The younger child feels warmth, love and a sense of “I matter” from her protector, a cool positive Jewish role model. The teen feels a sense of purpose, of meaning and a sense of “I matter” from a child who looks up […]

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In Reverence No Senescence



by Rabbi Andy Bachman “This series of pictures should strike a deep emotional response in the heart of every Jew.  No matter how far we have traveled from the observances that were practiced by our fathers, we have a feeling of reverence for the ceremonies themselves, and a respect for those who feel that these […]

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The Sound of Silence: Thoughts from a Jewish Educator



The past few days I have been thinking about the role that being alone vs. being with people plays in each of our lives and the importance of finding the right balance of social vs. solitude time.  This is true for us as individuals, this is true for us as parents, and this is true […]

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The First First Responders



Deborah Dunton, a member of the executive committee of Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh, PA, recently wrote an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about this month’s shootings in Newtown, CT. In “The First First Responders,” Dunton, a K-8 special education teacher, writes, After the unspeakable horror that occurred in Newtown, Conn., a few days ago, we […]

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Building a New Society Through Jewish Ed



by Rabbi Micah Lapidus “Contemporary Jewish education has the task of creating the very society of which it should be the reflection.” -Israel Scheffler, Visions of Jewish Education Contemporary Jewish education is a generative endeavor—it’s about creating something that doesn’t yet exist. The “something” that contemporary Jewish education is tasked with creating is nothing less […]

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How to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude



by Rabbi Evan Moffic An episode of The Simpsons inspired this article. The entire Simpson family is seated around the dinner table. Bart is asked to say grace. He offers the following words: “Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.” Bart’s words capture what so many often feel. We’re […]

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Serving our Special Rights Children



By Sari Luck Schneider Q: What does early engagement look like for families and children with special needs? A: We say, “special needs children” in our country. In the part of Italy famous for its outstanding early childhood programming and family involvement, Reggio Emilia, people say, “special rights children.” I like that. Some children need […]

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What Should Jews Do About Halloween?



by Nancy Bossov and Jennifer Magalnick Many schools must make policy decisions about the level of recognition of Halloween in their classes. It’s important to take a close look at the values inherent in the holiday to see if practices are consistent with our values and developmentally appropriate. Our Reform Jewish tradition guides us to […]

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Is Halloween Good for the Jews?



by Rabbi Elizabeth Wood A lot of people talk about the “December Dilemma” of Christmas and Chanukah. Some interfaith families struggle with how to celebrate both, how to respect both traditions, or how to appropriately integrate both holidays under one roof. Other Jewish families struggle simply with the proximity of Chanukah to Christmas – constantly […]

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Raising Courageous Kids



By Dr. Madelyn M. Katz In raising my two daughters, I had always hoped they would have courage to face life challenges with confidence and character. When they were young, I anticipated that those challenges would be the normal – difficult teachers, college rejections, and boyfriends who dumped them. Little did I know… My husband […]

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Getting Got Shabbat



by Ellen Dietrick As we begin the new year, you, like me, may be looking for new ways to bring relevant and useful Jewish resources to the daily lives of the families you encounter. The URJ’s Got Shabbat offers an easy way to bring the cycle of the Torah into your congregation’s early childhood program. […]

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A Taste for Religion and Community – at Age 4!



by Linda K. Wertheimer My husband was working late, so my son and I had a thrown-together dinner of leftover pasta, yogurt, and carrots. I added one touch, store-bought challah, to give our table a semblance of Shabbat. The sight of the braided bread was enough to spark my 4-year-old son’s interest. “Is the temple […]

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