Saturday, November 23, 2013

Countdown to #Thanksgivakkah: Putting the 'Giving' into Thanksgivakkah

Last weekend, at our Spiritual Journey Group at Congregation B'nai Shalom, someone reflected on the need to impart the kind of values that are important to use to our kids at this time of year. If we say or do nothing, they are likely to simply pick up and absorb the dominant narratives that they hear around them. And how often, after the holiday season, does the conversation among kids turn to the question of 'what did you get?'.  One of the values that we want to impart might better be reflected in a question that I'd love to hear our children asking: 'What did you give?'
This year, the Jewish Teen Funders Network has come up with a wonderful list of ideas to provide us all, and especially our children, with the opportunity to both give and nurture gratitude for eight nights.  What better way to blend the spirit of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah?

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