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Parent, Child, Baby, Families
Parents are their children's most powerful Jewish teachers. When you learn with your children, you are a model for lifelong Jewish learning. The resources here are designed to help you learn as adults and as a family.

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Young Children
Rabbi Eric Yoffie on Youth Engagement
Sermon at Congregation Ner Tamid during URJ Board of Trustees Meeting in Henderson, NV
December 10, 2010

Older Children
  • CHAI Family Education
    The CHAI Jewish Family Education Curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum that helps congregations and families strengthen their commitment to living Jewish lives.
  • Campaign for Youth Engagement: Committing to the Jewish Future
    Does your congregation do enough to engage your teenage children? Let them know about the URJ's Youth Engagement initiative.
  • Find a URJ Camp in Your Area
    The URJ and its 13 camps throughout North America are committed to the health and safety of every child entrusted to our care, and the creation of caring communities with programs that enrich and transform lives by strengthening Jewish identity, teaching Jewish knowledge, instilling Jewish values and cultivating lifelong friendships within a vibrant and fun community of living Reform Judaism.
  • NFTY Parents Guide
    NFTY works hard to partner with the parents of NFTYites in order to provide the best experience for all of our participants.
  • RJ Insider's Guide to College Life
    Reducing undergrad stress, finding the right school, the top 60 schools Jews choose and more.
  • RJTeen
    The portal to Reform Jewish teen life, providing easy access to the world of Progressive Jewish High School programs in North America and around the world.
  • Resources for Parents of Adolescents
    Great resources for teaching resilience, sexual education, and dealing with mental health issues, all from a Jewish perspective.
  • Significant Jewish Books
    Books on Jewish topics for continuing study, recommended yearly by the Union for Reform Judaism's education specialists.
Recommended Reading

Abraham, Michelle Shapiro. Good Morning, Boker Tov and Good Night, Lilah Tov. UAHC Press, 2002.

Abramowitz, Yosef I., and Silverman, Rabbi Susan. Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children. Golden Books,1997.

Brichto, Mira Pollack. The God Around Us: Unending Wonder. UAHC Press, 2001.

Danan, Julie Hilton. The Jewish Parent's Almanac. Jason Aronson, Inc, 1997.

Diamant, Anita. The New Jewish Baby Book: Summit Books, 1994.

Diamant, Anita, and Kushner, Karen. How to Be a Jewish Parent. Schocken Books, Inc., 2000.

Doades, Joanne, Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed. Jewish Lights Punlishing, 2007.

Freedman, Rabbi B.; Greenberg, Jan; and Katz, Karen. What Does Being Jewish Mean? Read-Aloud Responses to Questions Jewish Children Ask About History, Culture and Religion. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1991.

Gellman, Marc, and Hartman, Thomas. How Do You Spell God? William Morrow & Co., 1995.

Grishaver, Joel Lurie. Ten Attitudes of Highly Effective Jewish Grandparents: Patterns for Enhancing & Sustaining Your Grandchildren's Jewishness. (16-page booklet) Torah Aura Productions, 4423 Fruitland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90058, 1995. Tel: (800) BETORAH (213) 585-7312.

Kurshan, Neil. Raising Your Child To Be a Mensch. Ivy Books, 1987.

Kushner, Rabbi Harold. When Children Ask About God. Schocken Books Inc., 1995.

Kushner, Lawrence, and Kushner, Karen. Because Nothing Looks Like God. Skylight Paths, 2001.

Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers. Scribner Publishing, 2010. 

Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children. Scribner Publishing, 2001. 

Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M.; Rosman, Rabbi Steven M.; and Kasakove, David P..When Your Jewish Child Asks Why: Answers for Tough Questions. Ktav Publishing House, 1993.

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