Resources

Opening the Heart of Being a Grandparent

Funded by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jane Shapiro of Orot: The Center for New Jewish Learning, created a two-part Jewish learning series for Grandparents. We invite you to use these study sheets with grandparents in your organization and community.

Grandparents Circle

The Grandparents Circle curriculum was published in 2018 to provide guidance for Jewish grandparents whose adult children have intermarried. The Jewish Grandparents Network would like to thank Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky who, as Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Institute and the National Rabbi of the Grandparents Circle, was instrumental in the creation and publication of the curriculum and who has graciously agreed for the material to be shared on our website.

Resources to Explore

Jewish Learning and Discovery

BimBam

BimBam uses digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.

https://www.bimbam.com

Hadar

Welcomes people from all walks of Jewish life who seek to build spiritual communities through Torah (Jewish wisdom), Avodah (prayer), and Hesed (acts of human kindness).

www.hadar.org

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Discover how to use spiritual practices like Jewish mindfulness meditation or contemplative prayer to cultivate a new level of “aliveness”; feel more connected to yourself, others and God; access wisdom and resilience in stressful times; and find greater meaning in your life.

https://www.jewishspirituality.org

Jewish Sacred Aging

Creating awareness and resources for congregations on emerging longevity revolution with growing emphasis on the aging of the baby boom generation.

https://jewishsacredaging.com

Orot Center for New Jewish Learning

Empowering Jews of all backgrounds to discover new entry points into the richness of Jewish wisdom.

www.orotcenter.org

Pearlstone

Pearlstone offers a one-of-a-kind, memorable and meaningful experience to all who visit. Their mission is to ignite Jewish passion while connecting guests with the land and Jewish values; their peaceful retreat center, sustainable farm, and dynamic programming enable and inspire vibrant Jewish life.

https://www.pearlstonecenter.org/programs-events/family-programs/

PJ Library

PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month that share Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you and has created special resources for grandparents.

www.pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/grandparents 

PJ Library Radio

PJ Library Radio brings fun, kid-centric, Jewish music to your family’s mobile and streaming devices.  Music is a perfect companion and natural extension of the books that PJ Library selects. Music allows families to explore Jewish life—values, traditions, and holidays.

https://pjlibraryradio.com

Torah.org

In-depth guides on weekly Torah portions, Jewish study, and observance.

https://torah.org

Traditions, Celebration and Observance

Freedom’s Feast

One-of-a kind resources to help you and your family get the most out of your American holiday celebrations.

www.freedomsfeast.us

Jewbelong

An edgy informational resource to demystify Jewish life and encourage new ownership of Jewish traditions and rituals. Please read the disclaimer first.

www.jewbelong.com

My Jewish Learning

Extensive information and guidance on Jewish rituals, holidays, study and lifestyle.

https://www.myjewishlearning.com

National and International Organizations

Foundation for Jewish Camp

Camps are beginning to think about the grandparent-grandchild connection and family camp opportunities. In the meantime, think about using this with your grandchildren.

www.jewishcamp.org/making-mensches/

G2 – Global Intergenerational Initiative

A year-long program for grandparents to engage with their pre-teen grandchild to explore, share, and experience their relationship to their family, local Jewish community, Israel, and the Jewish people.

www.g2family.org 

Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA)

Jewish Community Centers throughout North America enrich Jewish life through community engagement and educational, cultural, social, recreational, and Jewish identity building programs.

https://jcca.org

Community-Based Opportunities

Bubbie Zayde Family Camp (Detroit, MI)

Grandparents come live the dream – a weekend away with your grandchild(ren) at summer camp and where there are no parents allowed!

www.tamarackcamps.com/campers/family-camps/

Camp Chi Grandparents Weekend (Chicago, IL)

Join us for an intergenerational weekend, complete with shabbat services, camp style activities, hands on workshops and a whole lot of fun. The best is, it’s just you and your grandkids!

https://www.jccchicago.org/programs/camps/family-camps/grandparents-weekend/

Grandparenting Center at the Bender (Rockville, MD)

Dedicated to strengthening and celebrating the grandparenting experience through programming and events designed especially for grandparents and their grandchildren.

www.benderjccgw.org/early-childhood/grandparenting/

Family Life

18Doors

18Doors, previously InterfaithFamily, empowers people in interfaith relationships — individuals, couples, families and their children to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them.

https://18doors.org

Call Your Mother

Hosts Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna engage their guests on a range of topics that affect families today. At the end they always check in with Horn’s mother to get her perspective.

www.podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/call-your-mother/id1447666203?ls=1&mt=2

Generations United

The mission of Generations United is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.

https://www.gu.org/

Jewish Fertility Foundation

Jewish Fertility Foundation provides financial assistance, emotional support, and educational programming to Jewish people with medical infertility.

www.jewishfertilityfoundation.org

Jewish Gen

JewishGen is a global home for Jewish genealogy dedicated to preserving Jewish family history and heritage for future generations. It provides extensive informational, educational, and historical offerings through a collection of databases, resources, and search tools.

https://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/Who.html 

JSCREEN

A national, non-profit genetic screening program that provides an at-home, low cost test for over 200 diseases (common in people with Ashkenazi, Sephardi, or Mizrahi backgrounds and in the general population) to help couples plan for the health of their future children.

www.jscreen.org

Wise Aging

Gives Jewish adults 55 and older a meaningful place in the Jewish community, opens up conversations about what it means to get older; and creates new understandings about life so we can live with spirit, resilience and joy.

www.jewishspirituality.org/go-deeper/wise-aging/

General

Ask Granny

Content covers a range of subjects- travel, activities, book and toy suggestions, discounts. Easy tips and quick resources.

www.askgranny.com

Grand Magazine

Monthly online magazine that addresses topical issues in well –written features.

www.grandmagazine.com

Grandparents Link

Original features on health & well-being, fun things to do with grandchildren and  ideas to explore that make grandparenting even more gratifying.

https://www.grandparentslink.com

Zero to Three

The Zero to Three site provides wonderful guidance for grandparents of young children.

https://www.zerotothree.org/search?q=grandparents

Please contact us with your resource suggestions