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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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Rabbi Paul Kipnes

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Latest Blog Posts

Guided Meditation: I Know I’m Not Alone

September 9, 2021

A guided meditation on the notion that we are not alone, created to respond to the pervasive isolation people have been feeling in the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Kindergarten Wisdom for an Adult World

September 8, 2021

May we be written for a good year in the Book of Life! And perhaps that will happen if we go back to basics. If we go back to kindergarten and be our best selves. Read more

After Death: 8 Ways to Help

July 9, 2021

When both my parents and mother-in-law died within 20 months, everyone wanted to help. Yet I wasn’t ready to receive. Here are 8 ways to help that supported me until I was ready for me. Read more

Transform Your Synagogue’s High Holy Day Appeal (Then Finally Focus on the Important Stuff)

May 2, 2021

Transform the High Holy Day Appeal now and your synagogue just might nurture a greater culture of giving. Then, defying the prognosticators of the decline of the synagogue, yours might find itself with the funding to forge ahead, fashioning a future filled with hope and excitement. Here’s how Congregation Or… Read more

Dear Synagogue Leaders: Go Back Better (to In-Person)

April 29, 2021

Addressing synagogue leaders, this letter wonders aloud about how we can go back better to in-person synagogue life, especially for our staff and clergy. Read more

Synagogue Dues are Dead: What’s the Price Point at Which Quitting the Temple is Impossible?

March 7, 2021

Synagogue Dues are Dead, so what’s the price point at which quitting the temple becomes unnecessary or nearly impossible? How Congregation Or Ami transformed our funding model. Read more

After 11 deaths in 11 days, I Had it Out with God

February 4, 2021

After 11 deaths in 11 days, I had it out with God. I realized with over 419,000 dead in American fromCovid-19 decimating, it was time for that conversation with the Creator. Read more

Drive Thru Judaism: An Antidote to Quarantined Community

October 27, 2020

Drive Thru Judaism, a series of poignant experiences that, kept people safely in their cars, while providing poignant Jewish experiences uplifted our quarantined congregation, banishing loneliness and bringing spiritual sustenance to a community in quarantine. Read more

3 Previously Banned Behaviors to Embrace these Home High Holy Days

September 21, 2020

The new normal of distanced coronavirus kehilla tefillah (communal prayer) offers new ways to enhance your Home High Holy Days. Consider these 3 previously banned behaviors to warm up your worship. They just might enhance your experience. Just please think twice before sharing them with your clergy. They might not… Read more