Ned Porges. Author discusses the influence of peers in getting his 20-something kids sons to go on Taglit -Birthright Israel, which then left them feeling newly connected to their Jewish roots. Includes sidebar on Reform/KESHER Birthright Israel. Summer 2014.
interview with Louis Bordman. The director of URJ Eisner Camp explains why cell phones are banned at URJ camps--and how camp life has been enriched as a result. Sidebar to “Invasion of the Machines.” Summer 2013.
interview with Wendy Mogel. Technology opens wonderful worlds for children—but may also carry risk. The clinical psychologist and author of two parenting books discusses how Judaism and social science can help families navigate our new cyberworld. Summer 2013.
Barbara Pash. How congregations can successfully engage young families. Profiles model congregations of different sizes and presents experts’ tips for success. Winter 2012.
no byline. Highlights “The Open Tent” program established by Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach, which is engaging three different demographics: young professionals 25-45, expectant parents, and new parents. Winter 2012.
Steven Schnur. Reflections of a proud father on his adult daughter’s wedding day. Fall 2012.
Story of how a grandfather connected to his two grandchildren, and vice versa, through their co-creation of bat mitzvah tallit—and how that led to co-creating a chuppah for the marriage of his son. Winter 2011.
Helen T. Cohn. A rabbi's journey of parental acceptance: "When my daughter Laura was becoming Lawrence, I told almost no one at first. I felt too astonished and ashamed." Part of Cover Story on "Living With Secrets." Fall 2010.
Brenda Zeller Rosenbaum. Recounts how the author and her husband found ways to honor their children's Jewish choices while maintaining and growing their own. Spring 2010.
Rabbi Edythe Mencher. Appropriate and inappropriate ways for parents to help adult children navigate college. Fall 2008.
William Squier. A thoughtful reflection on the question of Christmas celebration in an interfaith marriage. Winter 2007.
Judith Berg. Appropriate and inappropriate parental involvement in the college applications process. Fall 2006.
Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher. How to strengthen your children's spiritual lives and answer their God questions in age-appropriate ways. Part of Focus: Drawing Near to God. Summer 2006.
Rabbi Nancy and Rabbi David Wechsler-Azen. Practicing the traditional rite of upsherin, the ceremonial first haircut, as a parenting technique as well as a Jewish commitment. Summer 2005.
A conversation with Dr. Wendy Mogel. What parents can do to truly be there for their children. Summer 2004.
William Berkson. "By applying classic Jewish values, parents can respond respectfully and effectively to the trials and tribulations of parenthood." Berkson discusses how development issues, moral issues, and relationship issues should each be dealt with differently in order to "greatly increase the chances of achieving shalom bayit (peace in the home)." Spring 2002.
Sherry H. Blumberg. Offers advice on how parents can talk to their children about God. Part of Focus On: God. Winter 1991.