Building Jewish Foundations: Classes for Parents Begin in September

August 29, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Last year, it was the new program that started parents talking. This year, Federation’s Foundations of Jewish Family Living returns to participating synagogues with a full curriculum for parents interested in bringing home the stories and values of Jewish teaching to share with young children.

“No homework. No grades. Know Judaism.”

Unlike other Jewish parenting classes, Foundations is intended as a springboard for parents to develop a deeper understanding of Judaism and a greater participation in Jewish celebrations.

Developed by the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and facilitated in partnership with Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education, the two-semester, 10-week curriculum explores Jewish core values – such as the sanctity of life, pursuing peace, welcoming guests, caring for the environment, the nature of prayer and remembrance. Each topic is anchored by a Master Story widely identified with a specific Jewish value which parents can use as teaching moments with their children. Many of the lessons are paired with selections from the PJ Library books that many families already receive in their homes.

“For parents of young children embarking upon their first years in religious school, Foundations is a great course of action, offering a practical guide to Jewish concepts as well as a community of other parents who are at a similar stage in their lives,” says Gail Greenberg, Assistant Director of Melton and FedEd. “Parents are engaged in meaningful learning that leads to wonderful conversations with their families.”

Foundations for Jewish Family Living starts in September at participating congregations. The cost per semester – ten Sunday morning sessions – is $50 per person or $75 per couple. Scholarships are available. Free babysitting is provided. Register at or call 248-205-2536.

Participating Congregations: Adat Shalom Synagogue, Congregation Beth Ahm, Congregation Beth Shalom, , Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Congregation Shir Tikvah, Temple Beth El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Israel, Temple Kol Ami and Temple Shir Shalom.

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