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Jewish Spiritual Parenting

Rabbi Kipnes’ new book — co-authored with his wife, Michelle November, MSSW — is available now.

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

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Latest Blog Posts

Naming Naamah, Noach’s Wife (and the Other Torah Women Too)

October 12, 2018

Noah’s wife is mentioned 5 times in Torah, but her name – Na’amah – is not. Hear the voices of other silenced women of Torah. Read more

Beautiful Blank Slate: That’s our Camp Newman

October 8, 2018

URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa is now a beautiful blank slate, awaiting our creativity, imagination and love. Read more

We are Here for You: A Clergy Letter about Sexual Violence

October 4, 2018

The rabbis and cantor of Congregation Or Ami sent this letter about sexual violence to our adult congregants, our 9th-12th graders, recent high school graduates (18-22 year olds), and our faculty. We also sent a note to parents of 7th-12th graders with suggestions on conversations with their children. Read more

Did God Create a World Before This One? Spoken-Word Poetry on Genesis

October 1, 2018

Did God create a world before this one? Spoken-word poetry on Genesis. Read more

To Be a Jew Today

September 21, 2018

To be a Jew today Rabbi Paul Kipnes offers a definition for today’s world. Read more

Four College Buddies, A Poem about Finding Oneself Again

July 9, 2018

Four college buddies gather together for a guy’s weekend reunion. Open hearted sharing ensues. A spoken word poem. Read more

WTF! Says the Rabbi to the Teens

July 3, 2018

That moment sitting with teens when I exclaimed, “WTF!” Read more

I was anxious about going to summer camp

June 17, 2018

I was anxious about going to summer camp. Read more

A Prayer for When Children are Forcibly Separated from Parents

June 15, 2018

Pray for the children, The ones who were taken away; And pray for the leaders, Whose moral compasses have gone astray. Pray for the kids, Who wallow in their cages; And pray for the guards; Whose work sullies their wages… Read more