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As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
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As a Jewish preschool director just an hour north of Parkland, FL, my office has been a buzz of activity after 17 people were murdered at a local high school.

Tammy Kaiser, M.S.J.E.
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Instead of eight days of gifts, here are eight ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your kids that relate the story and celebration for your enjoyment and to help you refocus your approach:

Emily Aronoff Teck
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Whether you're hosting a holiday party or simply want to turn on some Jewish tunes as you light the candles with your family, our Spotify playlists will do the trick.

Cantor Rosalie Boxt
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 Let's stretch our creativity a bit to mine “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” for some metaphorical nuggets to teach preschoolers about Jewish values.

Jan Zauzmer
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Many communities still need our help In that spirit, here are a couple of ideas you can do with your kids, also with what you probably already have at home.

 
    Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal
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    For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.

    Sarah Koffler
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    How do we help our children understand this world? How do we both protect them and make sure that they are knowledgeable enough to take action when needed?

    Michelle Shapiro Abraham
    Smiling friends Jewish mom Beth and Muslim mom Alaa who founded an interfaith playgroup

    Through a Jewish/Muslim playgroup, my sister found an answer to a question many of us ask when we learn of incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: “What can I do?”

    Emily Marcus Levine
    Little girl with curly brown hair holding matzah up close to her face as if to break it

    This year we'll travel to Grandma’s house in Florida, and I know that if I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve, my boys will be glued to a screen 24/7. If you’re in the same position, here are a few tips for keeping kids busy.

    Deborah Goldberg

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