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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

Rabbi In Crisis: How a Community Conspires to Care

April 8, 2019

Imagine having to make this decision: to fly home to hold your wife’s hand as she buries her mom on the West Coast or to remain on the East Coast to oversee the diagnosis and care of your mother who just had a major stroke. What would you do? Read more

Mensch-ify My Kid: Giving Young Families What They Want

January 31, 2019

Be a Mensch, that’s what Or Ami’s innovative parenting and pre-K to 6th grade learning program is all about. Mensch-ify my Kid, Mensch-ify my Home, Mensch-ify my Playground. Read more

Creating an Escape for Teens After the SoCal Fires and Shooting

January 11, 2019

How might synagogues and Jewish communities respond to the needs of teens to express their inner turmoil and to learn new techniques for managing stress and emotional exhaustion? Read more

So That’s What Rabbis Do: A Rabbinic Student Reflects on a Synagogue’s Fire Response

January 6, 2019

Rabbinic Student Elana Nemintoff reflects on the role of the rabbi during the immediate responses by Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas, to the Woolsey fire. Read more

Hero or Imposter? As a Rabbi Struggles with Post-Fire Trauma

December 18, 2018

How does a Rabbi deal with the trauma of a fire and some shootings? Here’s another peek into the journey. Read more

Rabbi’s Disaster To Do List: 10 Community-Restoring Actions from the SoCal Fires

December 11, 2018

When the fires hit in southern california, we took 10 Community-Restoring Actions that helped our congregants, community and ourselves. Read more

When the Rabbi Feels Trauma: Lessons from the SoCal Fires

November 29, 2018

Facing the trauma after the fires. If it can happen to the rabbi, it can happen to you too… Read more

After the Fires: Celebrating Thanksgiving When Homes are Lost or Damaged

November 19, 2018

When circumstances out of our control – like fires or other disasters – affect our ability to hold our Thanksgiving rituals in our usual way, we can become distraught. When life intervenes – like fires destroying homes or forcing a loved one to be absent – what happens to the… Read more

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