Helping Today's Kids Grow Into Tomorrow's Adults

One of the hardest parts about being a parent is preparing your children for when they leave home. Watch the video below to see Jordanna Flores, director of year-round programs at URJ Camp Newman, explain how sending your kids to camp can prepare them to be resilient and independent adults.

Social Justice for Parents

Here you'll find videos, activity guides, training programs, and book reviews for teaching your children social justice values, connecting them with the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Talking to Children About Difficult Subjects

After Terror: 5 Jewish Ways to Help Kids Deal

Jewish tradition provides wisdom on how to handle these moments – both as parents and as individuals: Don’t be afraid to learn. Take large actions. Embrace small acts. Tell the stories to your children, and know when to let it go.

Helping Children to Process Acts of Terrorism

When acts of terror occur, we are all filled with sadness and shock; worries about our own security and the security of those we love may become sharply increased in the aftermath of such devastation. Despite feeling confused and vulnerable ourselves, we feel called upon to offer explanation and reassurance to our children.

Shaboom! Videos For Children and Parents

Teaching Children about Reducing Waste (Bal Tashchit)

Yasmin must hold her nose to wade through the garbage piling up outside the Plony house. Though she turns off the faucet and begs Momma Plony not to use extra paper towels, it takes a magical Sparks-inspired flood to sort out the real trash from the recyclables.

Teaching Children about Respect (Kavod)

Papa Plony is obsessed with beating the Baloney family in the annual relay race. But when Yasmin flakes out on practice, and a new team member shows up with an unexpected physical difference - he panics.

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Nine Spring-Inspired Hebrew Names

Whether you're planning to welcome a child into your family, are preparing to choose your own Hebrew name, or just enjoy learning about the meanings and stories that names hold, I hope you'll be inspired by one of these nine names inspired by Purim, Passover, and the renewal of spring.

Find a Jewish Baby Name

Search for names and their meanings

Hebrew letters

Find a Mohel

Search this list of Reform mohelim to perform your child's bris or baby naming.


Shabbat Family Activities

Three Ways to Bring Shabbat Home

Shabbat is the Jewish holiday that comes each week. Its roots lie in the biblical story of creation when, in order to complete the work of creating the world, God rested on the seventh day

Children's Book Reviews

Noah’s Swim-a-Thon

Noah loves everything about summer camp except swimming. Yet, when he finds out about a camp swim-a-thon that will give other children a chance to attend the camp he loves, Noah leaps at the chance to jump in the water and do his part to help.

Bagels from Benny

In a retelling of a ancient folk tale, Benny's grandfather runs a bakery with the best bagels in town. When people thank Benny's grandpa for the bagels, he says that God is the one who should be thanked. Benny comes up with a creative way to thank God for the bagels, with a surprising result.