The Only Jewish Kid in Class

What Kids Want Parents to Know Even though the percentage of Jewish students and teachers in my New York elementary and high schools was small, we were a significant enough presence that our schools were closed for the High Holidays. On winter Friday afternoons, Jewish students were released early so we could make it home…

Raising a Jewish Child in an Interfaith Marriage

  Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate, Congregation Ner Tamid “How was the wedding?” I asked. “It was a truly joyous event,” my friend replied. “The music was great, and the dancing never stopped! Who could have guessed that even with the women dancing in one part of the reception hall, and the men in the other…

Why Should My Child Have a Bat or Bar Mitzvah Celebration?

Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate, Congregation Ner Tamid As the Rabbinic Associate for Congregation Ner Tamid, I am frequently called upon to officiate at funerals and memorial services. At a recent funeral there was a teenage girl who was devastated by the passing of her grandfather. She sobbed uncontrollably from the time she arrived at the […]

Teaching Children About Death and Dying

Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate, Congregation Ner Tamid As the Rabbinic Associate for Congregation Ner Tamid, I am frequently called upon to officiate at funerals and memorial services. At a recent funeral there was a teenage girl who was devastated by the passing of her grandfather. She sobbed uncontrollably from the time she arrived at the…

Spiritual Expression

Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate, Congregation Ner Tamid Spirituality begins with Shabbat, thrives on Study and deepens with Social Action Services at Ner Tamid are inclusive and participatory and feature an appropriate blend of prayers and songs you know and love, delicately combined with modern interpretations.

Pluralistic Judaism

by Rabbi Barbara Aiello The number of Jews worldwide is declining, synagogue membership is at a new low and denominational differences that often result in synagogue snobbery have driven many Jews away from traditional observance and belief.