This week saw the start of eleven Parenting Through a Jewish Lens classes throughout Greater Boston. One participant, Ana Villalobos Sharone, has shared the following:
We had our first session of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Temple Isaiah in Lexington with over 20 parents!
The session was absolutely wonderful, and led to several activities in our home:
· It got my husband and me to discuss incorporating the "modeh ani" (Jewish morning prayer/song) into our daily practice.
· Together with our kids we sorted clothing donations for local needy children. While doing so our kids spontaneously brought up the idea of creating a hot apple cider tzedakah stand and giving the proceeds to those in need.
· When our instructor, Ronit Ziv-Kreger, spoke about praising effort (process) rather than outcome (product), I thought of the greater good website which discusses parenting topics along with some of the research behind them. I found this video clip which is very similar to what our instructor shared in class.
LOTS of Jewish juice flowing after just one session – thanks to the care and “heartfulness” of our instructor. It's good to have some outside inspiration to get things rolling.