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Jewish Spiritual Parenting

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How do we guide children to be spiritually balanced, emotionally whole, Jewishly connected individuals?

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Latest Blog Posts

Touro Synagogue, Oldest Jewish Synagogue in United States

September 18, 2016

The history of Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the United States, offers lessons about social justice and religious tolerance that resonate even today. Video written & directed by Seth Front: http://sethfront.com “Shalom Rav” Performed by Nancy Linder: http://nancylinder.com Music by Jeff Klepper & Dan Freelander

A Sanctuary of Kindness, Your Second Home

August 14, 2016

The clergy of Congregation Or Ami (Calabasas) share their vision of the synagogue as a sanctuary of kindness, your second home.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes in Car

Car Accident, Rape, and the Responsibility of Standing Up to be Counted

June 10, 2016

How a car accident and a rape teaches us about the responsibility to stand up and be counted.

Henaynu, We are Here because We Care

A Prayer for these Fire-Filled Days

June 5, 2016

A Prayer for during a Fire: Our God and God of our fathers and mothers, as the flames burn, wreaking havoc upon our homes, our hills, our fire fighters, our sense of security, we turn to You for comfort and support.

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Shabbat Video Message: On Blessings and Curses

June 3, 2016

My Shabbat video message: on blessings and curses

Silverstones on Shabbat Hike

Our Shabbat Hike: Praying Out in the California Wilds

June 1, 2016

On our Shabbat hike, we experienced a different connection with God, a deeper connection that allowed us to experience God as our ancestors did. In the wilderness, without walls, without man-made things, it seemed easier to feel God’s presence.

Shabbat Hike

10 Steps to Leading Your Own Shabbat Hike

June 1, 2016

Leading your own synagogue Shabbat Hike is incredibly easy. In just 10 steps – simple but effective – you can embark on a moving spiritual experience. And, as we discovered on Congregation Or Ami’s own Shabbat Hikes, the journey is inspiring and refreshing. They say that exercise is good for the soul. I think Shabbat in the … Read more


Shabbat Video Message: Hiking on Shabbat in the Wilderness

May 27, 2016

Shabbat Video Message: Why we hike in the wilderness on Shabbat.


A Vow to Keep Learning

May 27, 2016

Sitting in my mentor’s study, I soak up his wisdom. Rabbi Stan Davids seems to know so much about so many things and I wonder how that was possible.