- time Parents of all stages
- location Synagogues, community spaces, and living rooms
- duration Parenting Young Children (6 sessions);
Parenting Tweens (5 sessions);
Parenting Teens (4 sessions);
Grandparenting (4 sessions)
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Join other parents in your community for moderated discussions about topics that matter to you as a parent. Explore Jewish values that can enrich your family. Reflect on the joys and challenges of raising kids today. Find support, encouragement, and connection.
We offer classes for parents of all stages:
- Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (newborns through age 10)
- Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens (ages 9 to 13)
- Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens (ages 13 to 19)
- Grandparenting Through a Jewish Lens
Generous scholarships are available. Free childcare is available for daytime classes. This program is sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens welcomes the participation of parents from all faiths, cultures, families, and experiences. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required.
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Prices for our various classes are listed below. Generous financial assistance is also available for all classes. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ahava Rosenthal, director of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, at 617-559-8734, for additional information.
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
Individual – $95
Couple – $155
Parenting Your ‘Tween Through a Jewish Lens
Individual – $80
Couple – $130
Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens
Individual – $65
Couple – $110
Yes! All are welcome to join PTJL classes and learn about the wisdom that Judaism has to offer in dealing with universal parenting challenges. We welcome people from all family structures, including single parents and divorced parents. While some people do take the class as couples, PTJL focuses on an individual’s core values and experience as a parent.
Yes! All are welcome to join PTJL classes and learn about the wisdom that Judaism has to offer in dealing with universal parenting challenges.In fact, many Interfaith couples find this course affords them a common vocabulary and helps them to think about their personal values and their values as a family.
Not at all. Parenting Through a Jewish Lens welcomes the participation of parents from all faiths, cultures, families, and experiences. No prior formal Jewish education or knowledge of Hebrew is required.
Our classes begin in the fall and spring. Each session is an hour and a half. We take public school and holiday calendars into account when designing the class calendars.
We understand that parents have busy lives. It is not uncommon for participants to miss a session or two. If you miss a class, your instructor will be happy to fill you in on the material that was covered.
Everyone is welcome at Parenting Through a Jewish Lens classes! You do not have to be a synagogue member to sign up at a class hosted at a synagogue.
There is no required reading or homework prior to each session. However, we do provide suggested take-home and follow-up activities that help bring each session’s lessons into your home. Sometimes, instructors will ask parents to read a text from the source book ahead of an upcoming session. Faculty are always respectful of parents’ time constraints and work with each class to determine whether anything outside of class time is appropriate.
Yes! While some parents attend as couples, many others attend individually. We also have many single parents who participate. This experience is about an individual parent’s values, perspectives and experiences.
There is free on-site babysitting for all daytime classes. You must pre-register for childcare – it is not a drop-in service.
Children are entertained while their parents are in class; they are furnished with age appropriate toys and books, and they engage in activities offered by the childcare providers.
We have been working with a trusted company, Care.com, for years. They are responsible and responsive and parents rave about them. Some sites provide their own childcare.
We used the conversation from the day’s class to spark a discussion about our very different understandings of what it meant to be Jewish and to raise Jewish children.Bev Feldman, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Participant