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How We Found the Right Synagogue for Us

How one family decided which synagogue to join and send their daughter to religious school

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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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My Husband: The Jewish Parent (Who isn’t Jewish)

The email had arrived a week before I was to travel to Houston to speak to a congregation about interfaith marriage and creating a Jewish home as an interfaith couple. It said that the following week, instead of regular Sunday school, there would be a program for sixth-grade students and their parents related to b’nai […]

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Her Tune, Her Way: Reflections on our First Year of Sunday School

Driving home from school the other day, Ruthie began singing “Ma Tovu” to herself in the back seat. She repeated it a couple of times alone, and then I decided to try to sing it back to her. But after I got the first two lines out of my mouth, she stopped me. “No, Mommy,” […]

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Should Religious School Be On Saturday?

This blog post arose after a conversation about the challenges for interfaith families in which one parent is a practicing Christian trying to raise Jewish children. We were speaking about many hot topics including: The goals of liberal Jewish religious school and Hebrew school Why most synagogues hold school on Sundays How synagogue leaders can […]

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Jewish Education Can’t be Optional

For four years, we tried a day school education for our son. For the first two years, it worked. The secular education was excellent, our son’s Jewish identity blossomed, and his knowledge of Jewish history, texts, and the Hebrew language grew. But our overall satisfaction with the education didn’t mean that we thought the school […]

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Ruthie Loves Sunday School

My memories of religious school are pretty varied. I remember visiting the sanctuary in first or second grade, a room whose enormity overwhelmed me, watching a few old men daven in the corner while our teacher pointed out the ark and the eternal light. I remember great conversations in our Jewish Studies sessions in later […]

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Does Our Daughter Need Religious School?

A mother struggles with whether to enroll her daughter in Jewish religious school

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Back to Shul: How to Embrace the Carpool

Get ready for back-to-religious-school by embracing the carpool.

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Growing Up “Half and Half” but Feeling Whole

The personal narrative of a woman who attending CCD and Hebrew School as a young child, before deciding that she wanted to be Jewish.

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