A Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Toolkit by Abigail Posner

After a few gentle nudges from my sister, my husband Alan and I decided to register for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens last fall. We had moved to the suburbs only a month earlier and though we wanted our then 5 year-old to begin Hebrew school, choosing a synagogue felt overwhelming. The PTJL class seemed like the perfect opportunity to take time to think about how we wanted to incorporate Judaism into our family. We were accustomed to randomly picking and choosing when Jewish ritual entered our routine: attending High Holy services with relatives, celebrating Shabbat most Friday nights, and singing along to the OyBaby! CD when it came on. Alan and I agreed that the PTJL class would be a wonderful starting point for bringing Judaism to the forefront of our family life.

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