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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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Rabbi Paul Kipnes

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Latest Blog Posts

Two by Two: Saving the Children From the Storm of bullets Raining Down on their Heads

February 16, 2018

Two by Two, we can save the children from the bullets like Noah’s Ark saved the animals, before we fall back to sleep. Read more

Teen Mental Health: Rolling Darkness into Light

February 11, 2018

Why did Congregation Or Ami focus our energies on creating a mental health and wellness retreat? Because today’s teens are particularly stressed out, overwhelmed by anxiety, buffetted by the emotional turmoil engendered by social media. They crave support and relief. Read more

Rabbinic Super Bowl Rivalry Plays Out on Facebook

January 31, 2018

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Joshua Aaronson have engaged in a spirited rivalry over Super Bowl LII between the Patriots and the Eagles. Winning Rabbi gets bragging rights, and delicious delicacies for their synagogue’s oneg, and the loser donates tzedakah to URJ Camp Newman’s #NewmanStrong fund. Read more

Watching Adulthood Emerge on Capitol Hill

January 30, 2018

Adulthood arrives later than when we were kids. When young people take more real responsibility not only for their own lives, but also for those around them, and for their community, country and world, they begin to manifest a level of maturity that evidences approaching adulthood. Read more

2 Stories and a Blessing for the New Year

December 31, 2017

2 stories and a blessing for the new year. How will you make the next 365 days matter? Read more

Breaking Bread with the Baha’i Community

December 14, 2017

When Jews and Baha’is sat down to break bread, the similarities were astounding and the discussions delicious. Read more

Responding to the Ventura Fires with Shabbat Dinner for 120

December 12, 2017

How Congregation Or Ami Answered the Call to Feed and Care for a Temple Facing the Ventura Fires Read more

When the Sadness is so Deep: After Fires Burned Down Camp Newman Buildings

October 13, 2017

When sadness over the fires at Camp Newman fill you with sadness, remember that we are a resilient people. Read more

Open Letter to Camp Newman Teens, Staff and Alumni from Rabbi Paul

October 11, 2017

An open letter to Camp Newman teens, staff and alumni from Rabbi Paul Kipnes about getting through after the fire. (Okay to share with adults too) Read more