parenting teens

parenting teens

A group of teens making hamantaschen in a synagogue kitchen

Learn how congregations are reimagining post b’nei mitzvah engagement to create successful models that are reinvigorating this critical space and time in teens’ lives.

Lisa Langer, RJE, Rachel Margolis, RJE, and Michelle Shapiro Abraham, RJE
The three Saltzburg teens together at a NFTY-PAR kallah

The youth leaders in our synagogue captured the interest of our oldest son, and his involvement in the temple youth group and then in NFTY led the way for his siblings.

Pamela Saltzburg
Thats Love and Thats Not Love Post It boards as described in the essay

What became clear to everyone who participated is that this is an issue that needs to be talked about, and it’s something that our teenagers and their parents want to discuss

Rabbi Danny Burkeman
Hand in front of a chalkboard seemingly holding a floating outline of a brain

Here's why Congregation Or Ami focused our energies on creating a mental health and wellness retreat for teens.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Three teen girls holding signs that says JEWS DEMAND ACTION in front of the US Capitol building

This is a moment unlike any in recent memory – and all over the U.S., Reform Jewish teens are leading the way.

Zachary Herrmann
Preschool class, Oak Park Temple-B'nai Abraham Zion
Confirmation class, Oak Park Temple- B'nai Abraham Zion

Learn about one family’s decision to join a synagogue and send their son to Jewish preschool – and what it’s meant for them in the years since.

Susan Stirling
Smiling teens eating apples dipped in honey

Here are four ways to strengthen your congregation by intentionally welcoming children and teens into your holiday observance.

Miriam Chilton
Family (mother, father, and three teens) walking on the beach

Read about how one congregation is building a community of parents that knows and supports each other, particularly as their children grow into their teen years.

Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller

Our Jewish tradition commands that we not stand by while our brothers and sisters suffer. That’s why the Reform Movement is joining with others across the world to provide information that offers both help and hope – especially during May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.