How to raise a Jewish kid…

One of the most important responsibilities that comes along with being a rabbi is insuring that the next generation of Jews grows up to be committed to and knowledgeable about their Judaism.  I enjoy spending many hours each week studying Torah with our bar/bat mitzvah students, exploring American Jewish history with our 7th graders, engaging in incredible conversations about contemporary issues with our post-b’nai mitzvah students, and hanging out at Dunkin Donuts with our high school kids.  I am proud of our youth groups and youth programs and the involvement of many of our teens in these as well as programs in the larger Jewish community.  And, I have been lucky enough to travel with many Ramat Shalom children and teens to places like the Reconstructionist Movement’s camp in Pennsylvania and the US Holocaust Museum in D.C.  I consider myself very lucky to be able to teach and, in turn, learn from Ramat Shalom’s children and teens. While…