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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

There’s So Much I Don’t Understand about Women (Rabbis)

March 22, 2018

I confess there is so much I don’t know about women (Rabbis) and the experience of women in the rabbinate. But I’m listening and learning. Read more

Parent-Teen Mental Health and Wellness Summit

March 4, 2018

The Parent-Teen Mental Health and Wellness Summit realized a dream: to transform our synagogue, Congregation Or Ami (Calabasas), into a truly safe place for teens, their unique emotional journeys, and the parents who love but are unsure of how to protect them. Read more

Shamor v’Zachor – protect and remember – after the shootings, teaches Rabbi Doug Segal

February 19, 2018

In the wake of the shootings, Rabbi Douglas Sagal taught: On Shabbat, we light two candles. Why two? Twice the Ten Commandments are stated in the Torah; once in the Book of Exodus and once in the Book of Deuteronomy. There are slight differences in the two texts of the… Read more

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