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Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do (And Not Do) to Nurture Jewish Identity in Their Grandchildren [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Olitzky , Paul Golin
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It isn't easy being a grandparent, but grandparents are pivotal in the identity development of grandchildren. This book provides punchy, pithy, practical and often provocative wisdom for grandparents of grandchildren who live in an interfaith family.

Torah Aura Productions publishes books for Jewish schools and families that help celebrate our heritage and our faith.

We have over 25 years of experience as the leading creator of high quality educational materials that enable Jewish children to become empowered Jewish adults.

Our books guide and enhance the Jewish knowledge, spirituality and identity of children and their families, and our innovative tools bring Judaism alive in synagogues, Hebrew schools, and day schools.

Torah Aura Productions was founded in 1981 by a group of innovative Jewish educators who looked out at the field of Jewish education and found materials that were shallow and dull. They started a company to create new tools for families and teachers that would be exciting and meaningful. For more than two decades, Torah Aura has revolutionized the way Jewish schools enable their students to become empowered Jewish adults, and has helped families make Judaism a meaningful presence in their homes.

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A constructive, practical and much-needed resource to help grandparents nurture the Jewish identity of their grandchildren who are being raised in an interfaith home. With great respect and sensitivity, Kerry Olitzky and Paul Golin have crafted an approach that grandparents can follow to transform angst into constructive action, while remaining mindful and supportive of their adult child's situation. This book makes an important contribution to Jewish family life in America today. --Joanne Doades, Director for Curriculum Development

A constructive, practical and much-needed resource to help grandparents nurture the Jewish identity of their grandchildren who are being raised in an interfaith home. With great respect and sensitivity, Kerry Olitzky and Paul Golin have crafted an approach that grandparents can follow to transform angst into constructive action, while remaining mindful and supportive of their adult child's situation. This book makes an important contribution to Jewish family life in America today. --Joanne Doades, Director for Curriculum Development

As a grandmother, I can heartily recommend this book as a recipe for sharing with your grandchildren the beauties of Judaism. A must read on how to be Jewish role models for the children of the intermarried. --Joyce Rappeport - Board of Directors, Jewish Women International

Olitzy and Golin have provided a wonderful guide and resource to all those families struggling to raise children in an intermarriage. Filled with wisdom, insight and poignant sketches and anecdotes, this book is a timely gift to grandparents and others who care about Jewish continuity. --Dr. Norman Cohen, Provost and Professor of Midrash, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

As a grandmother, I can heartily recommend this book as a recipe for sharing with your grandchildren the beauties of Judaism. A must read on how to be Jewish role models for the children of the intermarried. --Joyce Rappeport - Board of Directors, Jewish Women International

As a grandmother, I can heartily recommend this book as a recipe for sharing with your grandchildren the beauties of Judaism. A must read on how to be Jewish role models for the children of the intermarried. --Joyce Rappeport - Board of Directors, Jewish Women International

A constructive, practical and much-needed resource to help grandparents nurture the Jewish identity of their grandchildren who are being raised in an interfaith home. With great respect and sensitivity, Kerry Olitzky and Paul Golin have crafted an approach that grandparents can follow to transform angst into constructive action, while remaining mindful and supportive of their adult child's situation. This book makes an important contribution to Jewish family life in America today. --Joanne Doades, Director for Curriculum Development, URJ

As a grandmother, I can heartily recommend this book as a recipe for sharing with your grandchildren the beauties of Judaism. A must read on how to be Jewish role models for the children of the intermarried. --Joyce Rappeport - Board of Directors, Jewish Women International

A constructive, practical and much-needed resource to help grandparents nurture the Jewish identity of their grandchildren who are being raised in an interfaith home. With great respect and sensitivity, Kerry Olitzky and Paul Golin have crafted an approach that grandparents can follow to transform angst into constructive action, while remaining mindful and supportive of their adult child's situation. This book makes an important contribution to Jewish family life in America today. --Joanne Doades, Director for Curriculum Development, URJ

About the Author

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is the Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, the only national independent organization dedicated to bringing Judaism to interfaith families and the unaffiliated. He was recently named as one of the 50 Leading Rabbis in North America by Newsweek. Formerly, he served as vice president of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, the premier adult Jewish learning and Jewish leadership program in North America. Previously, he was national Dean of Adult Jewish Learning and Living of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he served on the faculty and administration for 15 years following his tenure at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT. A leader in the development of innovative Jewish education, particularly for adults, he has shaped training programs for clergy of all faiths, especially in the area of pastoral care and counseling in the Jewish community. He has done pioneering work in the area of Jewish Twelve Step spirituality, as well as Jewish Gerontology. Rabbi Olitzky also is a partner with the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at HUC-JIR and serves as a consultant to Capstone Press. He is a contributing editor for Shma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility and is also the author of many books and articles in a variety of fields. His opinion pieces are published in leading publications throughout North America and in Israel. Among his most recent publications are: The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal, with Dan Judson (Jewish Lights); new annotated translations with commentary of Proverbs ;Kohelet; Jonah, Ruth. Ecclesiastes, Lamentations and Song of Songs with Leonard Kravitz (URJ Press); Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges, and Resources with Joan Peterson Littman; Introducing My Faith and Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for the Christian in an Interfaith Relationship ; and Jewish Ritual: A Brief Introduction for Christians and Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians (both with Dan Judson).

Paul Golin is JOI's Associate Executive Director, responsible together with the Executive Director for budget, development, board stewardship, strategic planning, and the day-to-day operations of the organization. He is also charged with overseeing all marketing, communications and public relations, and devising advocacy campaigns and program proposals. He previously served as JOI's Director of Communications and Strategic Planning. He is a frequent writer and speaker on Jewish outreach and co-authored with Rabbi Olitzky the books 20 Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren To Do (And Not Do) To Nurture Jewish Identity In Their Grandchildren (2007) and How to Raise Jewish Children...Even When You re Not Jewish Yourself (2010). Prior to joining JOI, Paul worked at the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation as Program Associate for Information Technology. Paul has a background in media, having worked at HBO Studio Productions as a Client Services Coordinator and then as Director of Research/Educational Writer at a startup CD-ROM games company called Wanderlust Interactive. He majored in Communications and Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Torah Aura Productions (February 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077CJ31G
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by the synagogue director September 22, 2013
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This is a good, brief, "you're not alone, trust your instincts" kind of book. I decided to read it at the suggestion of my synagogue director. We live in a small Jewish community and both my children married non Jewish partners. Although my oldest sons wife agreed to raise my grandchildren Jewish, neither one of them has followed through aside from Hannukah presents for the grand kids.
When the opportunity for a monthly Jewish introduction class for preschool children came up, they both said they didn't have the time to take my 3 year old grandson. After reading the book, I got the courage and some ideas about being as assertive as possible when it comes to giving my grandchildren as much exposure to Judaism as possible, as kindly as possible. At this point, my grandson is singing "Apples and Honey for Rosh Hashanna" and feels comfortable enough to run in the synagogue hallways.
I like and recommend the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars But wait, there's more! August 14, 2014
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For more strategies for grandparenting grandchildren in interfaith families, download the FREE Grandparents Circle Self-Guide, a reflective, introspective guide that accompanies the book, on the Grandparents Circle website: http://joi.org/grandparents/?page_id=6
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I received some reinforcement and ideas from this book. Also, we used it in our class for grandparents of their own children's interfaith marriages.
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