Category - Jewish

Talking to Children about Anti-Semitism and Hate Crimes

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Beth Berkowitz, Psy.D, Director of Children’s Clinical Services and Child Training Institute at JFCS’ Parents Place. There is no doubt that the most recent tragedy in Pennsylvania has escalated our fears. With this sad reminder of the painful consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, and hatred, it is normal for all of us—including children—to experience anxiety, worry, anger and confusion in its aftermath. Below is some guidance to help prepare you for conversations at home. Talk to Your Children Avoiding the subject will only increase worry and fears. Encourage your children to ask questions, and do your best to explain what… Continue Reading

Posted by Beth Berkowitz on October 29, 2018

Happy Hanukkah! It’s Time to Rededicate Your Family to the Practice of Giving and Gratitude

Leisure & Vacation

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, and while only some of us here at Parents Place are Jewish, we love lighting the menorah because it is an especially delightful celebration with children, and because Parents Place is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The miracle of Hanukkah celebrates one night’s worth of oil bringing light for eight nights—as well as an ancient victory by the Maccabees over the Greek army and the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. This is a special time of year to build meaningful traditions with your family and create deeper, richer connections… Continue Reading

Posted by Bonnie Romanow on December 12, 2017

The Four Children of Passover: How to Engage Children and Teens in the Passover Seder


Spring has sprung and since Parents Place is part of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, we are getting ready for Passover! Many of us are busy cleaning our kitchens and pantries or packing to go visit family and celebrate. Let us also take a little time to think about this holiday through the eyes of our children or grandchildren. Whether they are a toddler or have left for college, we want to make it meaningful and memorable for them. Growing up in a home of two Jewish Educators, there was no shortage of fun to keep our Seder (traditional holiday… Continue Reading

Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on March 31, 2017

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