Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness

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Jewish Lights Publishing
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6.1 X 8.96 X 0.34 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Rabbi Paul Kipnes is spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, California. A former camp director, North American Federation of Temple Youth regional advisor and national award-winning Jewish educator, he lectures regularly on raising ethical, resilient Jewish children.

Michelle November, MSSW, is the former national college director of the Union for Reform Judaism. She has guided families of all ages as a parenting teacher, a family camp retreat designer and most recently as an admissions officer at de Toledo High School in West Hills, California.


"This book is a gem. The authors serve as your warm, wise and candid guides to a stunning range ofJewish wisdom for the here and now.... Learn and enjoy."
--Dr. Wendy Mogel, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children

"An invaluable guide for parents seeking to raise spiritually resilient and grounded children."
--Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president, Union for Reform Judaism

"There are many how-to books on the market, but few address how to nurture a soul.... A provocative, honest and practical guide for cultivating the soul. It is a gift to all of us who care about the spiritual imagination of children."
--Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of many award-winning children's book, including God's Paintbrush

"Offer[s] a powerful blend of useful information, insightful questions and concrete practices that meets each of us where we are and takes us where we want to go."
--Carla Naumburg, PhD, author, Parenting in the Present Moment

"An invaluable resource for parents who are concerned not only with their children's success, but with their souls."
--Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Rabbi, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles; best-selling author, Teaching Your Children about God

"Engaging and spiritually motivating.... A must-read for clergy, parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone charged with the holy task of nurturing young souls."
--Rabbi Ilana C. Garber, Beth El Temple, West Hartford, Connecticut; blogger,

"With warmth, candor, Jewish insight and practical wisdom, Paul Kipnes and Michelle November show us all how to be better parents. Byreminding us that both childhood and parenting are spiritual journeys, they illuminate a path toward wholeness for us all."
--David Stern, senior rabbi, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas

"A wonderful resource.... Informed by traditional and modern Jewish sources. A very helpful guide at many levels."
--Joanne Doades, author, Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed

"Gently encourage[s] the reader to explore the myriad ways of infusing parenting with moments of deep meaning."
--Rebecca Einstein Schorr, co-editor, The Sacred Calling: Forty Years of Women in the Rabbinate;blogger, This Messy Life (

"A wonderful, idea-packed, practical guide for shaping a spiritually alive Jewish family. The perfect gift for parents and grandparents looking to bring joy and meaning, blessings and kisses into the home."
--Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University; author, The Best Boy in the United States of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses

"Inclusion is a value that the entire Jewish community must practice--in its synagogues, schools, camps and community organizations. Paul Kipnes and Michelle November have been leaders on this issue in their community and we can all learn from their example of acceptance and inclusion."
--Jay Ruderman, president, Ruderman Family Foundation

"Paul Kipnes and Michelle November share their decades of wisdom on our most sacred work as parents--raising our children.... They live it, breathe it, teach it. Their children are the greatest testimony."
--Ruben Arquilevich, executive director, Newman Center for Year-Round Engagement

"With rare wisdom, gentle love and humor, Paul Kipnes and Michelle November turn parenting into a spiritual adventure. This book is a blessing to a new generation offamilies. I will joyfully shareit with new parents and grandparents."
--Rabbi Edward Feinstein, author, Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life

"Insightful, uplifting and filled with lots of practical tips.... It should sit right next to Dr. Spock on the nightstand."
--Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director, Big Tent Judaism / Jewish Outreach Institute; author, Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for the Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship

"Alternating between personal anecdotes and Jewish teachings, the book is a lovely blend of inspiration and instruction....A comprehensive guide for Jewish parents across the spiritual spectrum. Paul and Michelle offer delightful nuggets of wisdom that I look forward to using and sharing."
--Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, parenting blogger, Superman Sam (