How to Be the Grownups that Creative Kids Need
Being able to nurture your child's creative talents is one of the most exciting and overwhelming aspects of parenting. URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy Director Jo-Ellen Unger explains how you can encourage your child's creative growth without over-programming them and their schedules.
Helping Today's Kids Grow Into Tomorrow's Adults
One of the hardest parts about being a parent is preparing your children for when they leave home. Jordana Flores, director of URJ 6 Points West explains how sending your kids to camp can prepare them to be resilient and independent adults.
Social Justice for Parents
Here you'll find videos, activity guides, training programs, and book reviews for teaching your children social justice values, connecting them with the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Talking to Children About Difficult Subjects
After Terror: 5 Jewish Ways to Help Kids Deal
Jewish tradition provides wisdom on how to handle these moments – both as parents and as individuals: Don’t be afraid to learn. Take large actions. Embrace small acts. Tell the stories to your children, and know when to let it go.
How We Can Help our Littlest Learners in the Wake of Tragedy
As a Jewish preschool director just an hour north of Parkland, FL, my office has been a buzz of activity after 17 people were murdered at a local high school.
Helping Children to Process Acts of Terrorism
When acts of terror occur, we are all filled with sadness and shock; worries about our own security and the security of those we love may become sharply increased in the aftermath of such devastation. Despite feeling confused and vulnerable ourselves, we feel called upon to offer explanation and reassurance to our children.
Shaboom! Videos For Children and Parents
Teaching Children about Returning Lost Property (Hashavat Aveidah)
While looking for a lost baseball, Ben finds a Legend of Latka action figure and claims it as his own...
Teaching Children about Donating to Charity (Tzedakah)
The Plony family rallies to make donations for their synagogue’s charity drive, but Gabi and Rafael notice that Mom, Dad and Ben only want to part with broken or worn out items.
Teaching Children about Reducing Waste (Bal Tashchit)
Yasmin must hold her nose to wade through the garbage piling up outside the Plony house. Though she turns off the faucet and begs Momma Plony not to use extra paper towels, it takes a magical Sparks- inspired flood to sort out the real trash from the recyclables.
Teaching Children about Respect (Kavod)
Papa Plony is obsessed with beating the Baloney family in the annual relay race. But when Yasmin flakes out on practice, and a new team member shows up with an unexpected physical difference - he panics.
How NASA Engineers Helped Me Become a Better Jewish Parent
December 16, 2022
"Good Night Oppy," a documentary streaming on Amazon Prime about the two robotic rovers that NASA sent to Mars in 2003, grabbed me by the heart. What I did not expect to experience from this movie was a potent lesson in parenting from NASA engineers.
Creation, Chaos, and Children
September 17, 2021
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said: “Let there be light.” And there was light.
August Family Fun with the Artists Behind Shabbat ShaMorning
July 28, 2021
Before the summer slips away, join award-winning children’s musician and composer Ellen Allard for Summer Family Jam, a 5-week series of joyful, interactive, and engaging 30-minute virtual family music classes for ages 0 - 6.
Find a Mohel
Search this list of Reform mohelim to perform your child's bris or baby naming.
Shabbat Family Activities
3 Ways to Bring Shabbat Home
Shabbat is the Jewish holiday that comes each week. Its roots lie in the biblical story of creation when, in order to complete the work of creating the world, God rested on the seventh day
Teach Your Children the Mitzvot of Shabbat
With your children, generate ideas and family activities that will fulfill these four mitzvot. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Related Answers to Jewish Questions
- How Do I Teach My 12-Year-Old Grandchild About the Holocaust?
- I have heard that in Jewish tradition, parents are responsible for teaching their children to swim. Is that true?
- How can we help children cope with natural disasters?
- How do I bring Jewish values into a secular holiday like Halloween?
- I’m a Jew-by-choice. Can we plan to name our baby after a living relative who is not Jewish?
- How does Reform Judaism say we should best honor our mothers in today’s world?
- What is the proper format for Hebrew names?
Children's Book Reviews
Noah loves everything about summer camp except swimming. Yet, when he finds out about a camp swim-a-thon that will give other children a chance to attend the camp he loves, Noah leaps at the chance to jump in the water and do his part to help.
Bagels from Benny
In a retelling of a ancient folk tale, Benny's grandfather runs a bakery with the best bagels in town. When people thank Benny's grandpa for the bagels, he says that God is the one who should be thanked. Benny comes up with a creative way to thank God for the bagels, with a surprising result.