A parenting manual to help deepen your family’s experience of Jewish life, How to Raise a Jewish Child combines a developmental understanding of how children learn and grow, a respect for traditional Jewish wisdom about children and families, and faith in the diverse constellations that comprise today’s Jewish families.
Full of practical suggestions about weaving Jewish learning into daily life, and infusing the cycles of the week, month, year and life-cycle with the joy and mindfulness of Jewish ritual and practice, How to Raise a Jewish Child is a book of choices for parents and families to discuss and make their own.
The subtitle, “no experience necessary” is not meant to be cute. Raising a Jewish child does not require Hebrew literacy or having been a bar or bat mitzvah. What’s needed is a willingness to learn, shared Jewish experiences and a joyful embrace of your Jewish choices.
What’s necessary is an open mind and an open heart.
Coauthor Karen Kushner is a social worker, Jewish educator, outreach expert and co-author of four children’s books, including Because Nothing Looks Like God.