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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

It’s Been Weeks Since I Wrote ‘bout My Dad

November 24, 2019

A poem providing insight into mourning during the in-between times. Read more

Protected: Wedding Charges

November 20, 2019

Our mentor – Rabbi Allan Smith – died this week

November 14, 2019

Rabbi Allan Smith, mentor to thousands of Reform Jewish youth, died. He had a profound influence on my life, and on the direction of the Reform Jewish movement. Read more

Disruptive Judaism: Will Your Synagogue Be Beit Blockbuster or Kehillat Netflix?

October 27, 2019

Responding to a Disruptive Marketplace for synagogues: The choice is pretty clear: Kehillat Netflix or Beit Blockbuster. Which one will your synagogue become? Kehillat Netflix takes its name from a company that openly and confidently takes chances, risks failure, goes up against conventional wisdom, constantly pivots strategically, and thus has… Read more

Seth Front on L’dor Vador: HUC-JIR Interns Positively Influence My Daughter

October 27, 2019

In a speech at Hebrew Union-College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Or Ami congregant Seth Front kvells about the positive impact that Congregation Or Ami interns and rabbis have had on their daughter Amanda. Read more

Secrets of Sukkot

October 18, 2019

The secrets of the festival of sukkot illuminate life lessons, connect us to nature, provide full body experiences, and are like Dr. Who’s Tardis and Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Read more

Fires, Shootings, Unfenced Roofs, and Uncovered Pits: Lessons from Torah in the Face of Increasing Danger

October 13, 2019

A year after the Borderline shooting and the SoCal fires, we reflect on the first person experiences, and explore Torah’s insistence that we take action in the face of danger, including mass shootings and changes in climate. Read more

Murray November on boat with camera in Italy

Don’t Wait: Lessons from My Father-in-Law Murray November

October 13, 2019

Don’t Wait: Lessons from my father-in-law Murray Novembert. (Yom Kippur sermon) Read more

You Won’t Be There these High Holy Days

October 8, 2019

A poem about facing the moments over the High Holy Days – small but meaningful – when my dad won’t be there. Read more