Open House / Boston-area Jewish Education Program (BJEP)

Interested in cultivating your child’s authentic connection to Jewish tradition, culture and values? Looking for an independent Hebrew School with passionate teachers and a fun curriculum? Seeking to become a part of a Jewish community? Welcome to the Boston-area Jewish Education Program (BJEP – pronounced B-Jep) at Brandeis University, a vibrant and innovative educational program […]

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Open House / Boston-area Jewish Education Program (BJEP)

BJEP, an independent and vibrant Jewish learning community, serving students from pre-K to Grade 7 and their families, invites you to join us this Spring at our Open Houses. Through an interactive curriculum, BJEP instills in our students a sense of joy and belonging within the Jewish community, and knowledge of Jewish traditions and the […]

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How Two Faiths Collide

When my daughters question how Jewish or how Catholic they are, I can only hope that they meet a Spencer

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I Wish We’d Had “The Religion Talk” Before Having Kids

By Lindsey Goldstein Before my husband and I got married, we discussed how we would raise any potential children. These children were very theoretical. something I wasn’t sure I wanted. But I began to consider it, since he finally seemed to be the right person to procreate with. My husband was raised Catholic but hasn’t […]

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My Kid’s Love/Hate Relationship with Hebrew School

By Melissa Henriquez Every Sunday morning as I practically drag my 6-year old out of bed to go to Hebrew School, I’m reminded of the final scene in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” when Toula’s own daughter has turned six and is begrudgingly headed off to … where else?! Greek school. Like Toula’s daughter and Toula […]

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Mom: What is Your Religion?

Being from an interfaith family has influenced my life in myriad ways, most especially in my choice to focus my rabbinate on working with other interfaith families. I’ve written about my own upbringing and my parents several times over my tenure at InterfaithFamily, hoping that my own experiences might resonate with our readers. Yet, so […]

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Our Gay, Interfaith Family’s Surprising Synagogue-Shopping Experience

By Liat Katz “A Y A M,” She writes. “Um, Maya, I think you wrote your name backwards,” I respond. “Nope, it’s just in Hebrew,” the 6-year-old says. Maya is learning to read and write in English, while also learning Hebrew at our synagogue’s Sunday school. That makes it confusing. And she’s left-handed too, which […]

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To Tree or Not To Tree

The dual holiday extravaganza this season is more work than I thought it would be. But, it’s important for me to keep the traditions from both my own family and Adrian’s family in order for our daughter Helen to grow up understanding and respecting her two faiths: Jewish on my side and Mexican Catholic on […]

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Why Send Your Kid To Jewish Summer Camp? Because It Gets Him To Hebrew School

I recently discovered the secret to motivating my son to go to religious school. I stumbled upon it. Hours after Hebrew school last Tuesday while we were eating dinner, my son spilled the beans. “I had a really bad sinus headache at school this afternoon and felt crummy. I almost went to Nurse Julie to […]

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I Was the Only Jewish Kid on the Block & Worry My Kid Will Be, Too

By Melissa Henriquez Growing up in a small, rural town in northern New Jersey in the ’80s, I never had perfect attendance in school. Not because I was sick or because my family took vacations outside the school calendar, but rather because every fall, I needed to take two days off in observance of the […]

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