Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Where Will PTJL Be Offered in the Fall?

There are a record number of sites that hope to host Parenting Through a Jewish Lens in the fall. Below you will find a list of the times and locations - we hope you will find one that works for you.

And if you have other questions about the program, peruse the FAQS answered below.

Coolidge Corner Collaborative
Kehillath Israel
Sundays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Temple Israel
Sundays, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Temple Shalom Emeth
Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Sundays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Temple Beth Torah
Sundays, 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Temple Israel
Wednesdays, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

Temple Beth Shalom
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
Sundays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Leventhal-Sidman JCC
Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Sundays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

For parents of children with special needs:
Solomon Schechter Day School
Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Young Israel or at a private, local home Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Congregation Or Atid
Sundays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Thursdays, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

Temple Beth Elohim
Mondays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens FAQs

  • What is the cost for the course?
    • $145 per person; $240 per couple
    • Early registration: $125 per person and $220 per couple before May 31st
  • Are there scholarships available?
    • Yes, while we do not give 100% scholarships, we always find a way to make the program affordable for each student. Simply email Elisha with any scholarship requests at
  • When does the program begin?
    • In the fall of 2012 – late October/early November.
  • What does the curriculum cover?
    • The curriculum focuses on four overarching realms: Outward Bound, Inward Bound, Upward Bound and Homeward Bound. Topics within these realms include: How can I help my child identify a good path? How can I help my family through dark times? How do I talk to my child about God? What is my relationship to a homeland and a people?
  • Can I participate as a single parents?
    • Yes!
  • Can I participate if I am not Jewish? 
    • Yes, we encourage your participation!
  • Can my partner participate with me if the/she is not Jewish?
    • Yes. Interfaith couples find this course affords them a common vocabulary and helps them to think about their family’s values together.
  • How many sessions are there in the program?
    • There are ten sessions, as well as one opportunity to gather with the class outside of the formal setting.
  • Do the classes break for school and other holidays?
    • Yes, we work the class calendars around the public school and holiday calendars.
  • How long are the sessions?
    • Each session is an hour and a half long.
  • Do I have to be a synagogue member to sign up at a synagogue site?
    • No, all are welcome.
  • Is there babysitting available?
    • There is free on-site babysitting for all daytime classes
  • Who are the childcare providers?
    • We have been working with a trusted company, Parents in a Pinch, for seven years. They are responsible and responsive and parents rave about them.
  • Is there any instruction for the children?
    • Children are entertained while their parents are in class; they are furnished with age appropriate toys and books and engage in activities offered by the Parents in a Pinch childcare providers.
  • Can I use childcare for only some of the sessions?
    • Yes, but you must pre-register your children with Elisha Gechter and let her know the dates you plan on using childcare.  It is not a drop-in service.
  • Who will my instructor be?
    • We have a wonderful faculty of local educators – you can read their bios on our website: Faculty assignments are made over the summer.
  • What if I have to miss a session?
    • It is understandable when people have to miss a session or two. Be in touch with your instructor and perhaps you can work out a way to catch up on the material.
  • Is there homework?
    • We provide suggested take home activities to bring sessions’ lessons into your home, but there is no required reading or homework prior to each session.
  • Do I need any Jewish/ educational background or knowledge of Hebrew?
    • Not at all.
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