Posts Tagged: parenting

The Chadash Program – A New Path for Young Adults with Disabilities



And then we asked, “what’s next?” It seemed only right and necessary that Coleman would be part of the next stage in Gideon’s life journey. So, in partnership with Bobby Harris and the Coleman community that is our family home, the Chadash program has been born. “Chadash” means “new,” and this truly is a new opportunity, a new path – one that can help give young adults with disabilities tools and skills for life success.

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Hey, Adults! It’s Time to Listen to Kids



by Emily Aronoff Teck I keep hearing grown-ups say things to kids that I doubt they really mean. “If you don’t behave, the rabbi might get mad and kick you out of services.” “People are here to pray, so you shouldn’t be making any noise.” “Temple is a place to show respect, which means you […]

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You’re Going Where? And for What?



I have been asked two questions a multitude of times over the last few months when I told people that I would be gone for part of the summer. “I’m going to CampColeman in Cleveland, Georgia. I’m going to be teaching a cheerleading clinic.” “You’re going where? And for what?” I was all too happy to tell anyone who asked all about my summer plans.

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I’m Home



by Sarah Braslow I have spent the last six summers here at Jacobs Camp. I spent three summers as a camper; one summer in the Camp’s staff-in-training program (now called Gesher), and two wonderful summers as a counselor. Now, as my seventh summer gets rolling, I have taken on a new role –  something I […]

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The Tamchui Project: Teaching Kids the Mitzvah of Helping Those in Need



by Jacki Hart and Stephanie Rotsky Still relatively green as parents, choosing a school for our then-4-year-old and nearly-6-year-old felt like a major “grown up” responsibility. What would they learn; how would they be taught? Would the school nurture their nature? And could the school selection influence who they might become? The emphasis on social […]

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Parents as Partners in Jewish Special Education



Recently I had the good fortune to offer a workshop for educators that I called, “Parents as Partners: Working with Parents in Jewish Special Needs Education.” I was well aware, from the start of the workshop, that the educators assembled wanted pointers on how to handle difficult conversations with parents. They were eager to help […]

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Joining the Revolution: A B’nai Mitzvah Mom’s Story



by Jennifer B. Perlick Two years ago I realized, “Wow, my daughter’s bat mitzvah is coming up!” Of course, I wanted it to be special. I wanted it to be really meaningful for her – and for me and the whole family – but I wasn’t super-inspired by the b’nai mitzvah ceremonies I was attending […]

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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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D’var Torah: Mikeitz: The Power of Names and Naming



Elie Wiesel has written, “In Jewish history, a name has its own history and its own memory. It connects beings with their origins. To retrace its path is then to embark on an adventure in which the destiny of a single word becomes one with that of a community; it is to undertake a passionate […]

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Grandparents and Intermarriage: Learning to Accept Their Children’s Choices



by Marcia Frezza Like me, most of my fellow congregants at Congregation Beth Yam, located on a Barrier Island in southern South Carolina, came to Hilton Head Island for the beauty of the location; we later found a true home here with a very active Reform congregation and a wonderful community., Today, this 200-plus member […]

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A Bracha for the Spouse Who Isn’t Jewish



by Rabbi Elias Lieberman Like many congregations within the Reform Movement, our community of 310 households has many interfaith families. Some 65% of the children in our education program have a parent who is not a Jew. In every case, however, these interfaith couples have made a decision to raise their children as Jews and […]

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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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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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High Holy Days Crafts and Activities for Kids



As the High Holy Days approach, parents of young children are no doubt scouring the Internet for creative, kid-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays. Past issues of our publication The Jewish Parent Page, though now defunct, offer fun and appropriate ways to involve youngsters in meaningful High Holy Days observance. Here, we’ve reprinted a few […]

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