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Jewish Parenting

Havurah Shalom supports parents in their efforts to raise ethical children who are connected to Jewish values and culture. Parents learn together and share as they strive to make Judaism enjoyable and meaningful for themselves and their families.

Parenting Workshops:

Whether or not you are a Shabbat School parent or parent-teacher, please join us 3:30 – 4:30 pm on these Saturdays (unless otherwise noted) in 2019-20:

Dec. 14—December Dilemmas, Deborah Eisenbach-Budner

Feb. 8—Safer Together: First Aid Concepts, Adela Basayne

Feb. 22—Topic TBA, Rabbi Benjamin

Apr. 4—Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World), Tikkun Olam Committee

Apr. 18—Jewish Parenting Puzzlers, Deborah Eisenbach-Budner

Dec. 4—Workshop: The Adolescent Brain - Catch up on what we know today about teenaged brains: how they are changing and strategies parents can use to encourage safe and healthy behaviors. 7-8:30 pm

Feb 10, 24—Extreme Parenting - A workshop/support group for parents of young adults struggling with mental or physical health conditions, disabilities, addiction or history of trauma. Facilitated by Laura Orgel, psychologist and child/family therapist, and Deborah Eisenbach-Budner. 7-8:30 pm


Below are some parenting resources:

Web-based books and resources for parenting Jewish children of all ages.

Children’s Chanukah books can be found in the Havurah library.

Books for children and families about terminal illness, aging and death, in a Jewish context.

Families with Young Children

Education Director Deborah Eisenbach-Budner is happy to provide information about the following:

  • Play groups for parents and children
  • Baby welcomings/namings
  • Holidays and family Shabbat celebrations (See descriptions of Shabbat services below.)

Family-Focused Shabbat 2019-20

Dorot – Short & Sweet Shabbat

Join us for this casual, family-friendly, and music-filled service. Beginning with candle lighting, Kiddush and challah, the service continues with prayers and music, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Led by Rabbi Benjamin, Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, and Adela Basayne. 6:00 pm Service, 6:45 pm Potluck; Fridays, Sept. 6, Dec. 6, Jan. 24, Apr. 3, May 15

Tot Shabbat

Young children (0-5) and their parents celebrate Shabbat with singing, movement, blessings, and storytelling. We will touch on the main highlights of the Shabbat morning service: wonder, fun, song, listening to the world, dancing, and Torah. Afterward we will enjoy an informal oneg nosh and the chance to play and schmooze. Led by Rabbi Benjamin, Deborah Eisenbach-Budner and Adela Basayne. 10:30-11:30 am, Saturdays, Nov. 2, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 9

Discovering Shabbat Morning Learners’ Minyan

In this upbeat minyan service, we learn about the general structure of the service, key themes and prayers, and some of the choreography. We practice some prayers together and answer questions. Especially for families with youth in Grades 5-7, those who are in the b’nai mitzvah process, adults who are curious or perplexed, and anybody else. Childcare is available. Light lunch provided afterwards. 10:00-11:30 am; Saturdays, Nov. 2, Apr. 8

Family Shabbat

A big fabulous morning of singing, storytelling, Torah learning, celebration and noshing. We gather together for some parts and break into smaller age-focused groups for Torah learning and family activities. Especially for families with youth grades k–6 and anybody who wants a boost of kid energy. Led by Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, Rabbi Benjamin, and community members. Followed by potluck oneg lunch. 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday Feb 29

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