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Jewish Spiritual Parenting

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Latest Blog Posts

Resources after a Shooting: For Solace, Support, Action and Talking to Kids

November 8, 2018

In the aftermath of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Congregation Or Ami sent these resources – for solace, support, action and talking to kids – to all our congregants. Read more

My Congregant Was in that Dance Bar Shooting

November 8, 2018

Spoken Word Poem: Our congregant kid was in that Country Western Dance Bar. He’s Okay. I’m not. I’ve had enough. Read more

Vote (and here’s why): Spoken Word Poetry

November 5, 2018

Spoken Word Poetry on why American Jews must vote. Its a mitzvah! Read more

Where Was Sarah During the Akeidah (the Binding of Isaac)?

November 3, 2018

Midrashic Monologue: Where was Sarah in the Akeidah (Torah), when Abraham almost sacrificed their son Isaac? We think she saved Isaac’s life and the Jewish future. Read more

Sacrifice My Son Isaac? What Was I Thinking?

November 3, 2018

Midrashic Monologue: Did you ever wonder what Abraham thought about in the years following his “almost-sacrifice” of his son Isaac? Based on Parashat Vayeira and the Akeidah, we imagine Abraham’s inner struggles. Read more

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