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  1. Tuesday, 24 May 2011 8:14 am

    I was browsing your blog and wanted to get your input on some of my work for the URJ in the area of Jewish parenting. I don’t know if you’ve seen our podcasts:, where I interview different experts and ask them questions about parenting. I also blog about the episodes at the Reform Judaism blog (for example Generally we put one out every other Monday.
    Here are my questions:
    1. What are some of the trends you see/hear about from your readers? Which ones encourage you and which ones discourage you?
    2. What topics or authors would you like to see addressed in the podcasts?
    3. What could I do to make the podcasts more useful? (A team of educators is currently working on study guides that they’d like to use with groups of parents in their synagogues, for example.)
    4. Do you have any suggestions about how I could get the word out about the podcasts?
    5. Would you be interested in hearing a podcast ahead of time and blogging about it?
    6. Are there other bloggers you think I should contact?
    Thanks so much for your input. I’d appreciate any impressions or thoughts you have. I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 25 May 2011 1:28 pm

      Dear Wendy,

      First of all, I am thrilled to be asked to share my thoughts!!

      1. The two areas about which I hear most often are: how to do more Jewish and the issue of interfaith families. Especially from the grandparents. And then there is the usual — how to find a sense of balance for myself as a mom without feeling guilty for wanting that. My biggest area of concern is how to really instill a love AND practice of Yiddishkeit. Just feeling warm and fuzzy about Judaism is not going to ensure future generations of active Jews.

      2. Meredith Jacobs (Modern Jewish Mom) is a definite must. I would also like to see issues surrounding special needs addressed. Not just for the families with kids on the spectrum, for example, but for those families who certainly have special needs kids in their schools and shuls. How can we be a more inclusive community. Also, how to help Jewish children grieve in a healthy way…even when mom and/or dad is struggling with their own faith.

      3. Study guides would definitely make this user friendly! Maybe an author could be available for a Q and A on the website either the week before or after the podcast? NPR often does that.

      4. Perhaps a reminder email to rabbis and educators to publicize it on the shul websites? Their FB pages? Twitter accounts? To be honest, I forget about doing that so this is a terrific reminder!

      5. I would most definitely be interested in anything that can help parents of Jewish kids parent more effectively!

      6. Rabbi Phyllis Sommer (, Amy Meltzer over at Homeshuling (, Galit Breen (, and the incomparable Marjorie Ingall ( are all great resources on the topic.

      Please let me know what else I can do to help. And feel free to contact my via email anytime.


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