Raising Jewish Babies: Community-Based Programs for New Jewish Parents

Publication Date: December 2004

Publisher: Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Author(s): Mark I. Rosen; Lucy Lorin; Naomi Bar-Yam

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: Children; Communal Organization; Social Services


Coverage: United States


Increasingly, community-based programs for Jewish couples who are expecting or who have children under the age of 3 are being developed by various Jewish agencies. To learn about the scope and nature of these programs, several hundred Jewish communal professionals in more than 50 North American communities were interviewed by telephone. This report provides an overview of these programs, discussing the motivations for offering them, the agencies that initiate them, and the types of programs being offered. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for the Jewish community to better serve this sector of the community.