Bay Area Jewish and General Resources

Below are some resources related to Jewish pregnancy, birth and babies.  The list below is not exhaustive, but it will hopefully get you started in learning about how to bring Jewish life to your baby.

Bris/Brit Milah

Brit Mila – Brit Mila Program of Reform Judaism seeks to make the age old practice of brit mila, available to Jewish families as a meaningful and relevant Jewish life-cycle ritual.

Rituals

Ritual Well – Ritualwell is a unique resource where you can find, create and share Jewish ritual of all kinds.

General Parenting (& Grandparenting)

Center for Children & Youth – Provides a range of drop in programs, parenting classes, and support, including support for newborn issues such as breast feeding and sleeping. Maintains multiple facilities in the Bay Area. A program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

My Jewish Learning – My Jewish Learning is the leading transdenominational website of Jewish information and education.

Kveller – Kveller is a Jewish twist on parenting.

Jewish Grandparents Network – The Jewish Grandparents Network engages, educates and celebrates grandparents so that they can fulfill their essential roles in elevating families as the cornerstone of Jewish life.

Interfaith/Diversity

18 Doors – Supports Jewish and multifaith families exploring Jewish life.

Be’chol Lashon  –Be’chol Lashon grows and strengthens the Jewish people through ethnic, cultural, and racial inclusiveness. We advocate for the diversity that has characterized the Jewish people throughout history, and through contemporary forces including intermarriage, conversion and adoption. We foster an expanding Jewish community that embraces its differences.

Books/Music/Crafts/Games

PJ Library – PJ Library mails free, high quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families on a monthly basis.  While you can sign up to receive the wonderful gifts from the program, the website also contains book recommendations, other resources and general parenting info.

Bible Belt Balbusta – Bible Belt Balabusta provides information on Jewish craft projects for families to do together.

Shalom Sesame – ShalomSesame.org offers a wide range of educationally rich content – free games, videos, activities and printables. The site focuses on the Jewish holiday cycle, Jewish values, Shabbat, Israel and Hebrew language.

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

Days United –Days works hard to translate rituals and blessings, search out tasty recipes and cool designs, and develop original craft projects. They provide all the ingredients to help you reconnect with childhood memories, find new meanings in old traditions, and share the experiences with family, friends, and neighbors.

Tot Shabbat in a Box From the comfort of your home, young children can discover, learn and be introduced to the traditions of Judaism with hands-on activities, storytelling, music, movement and games included in our boxes create a love of Judaism. Additionally, each month they offer a free pre-recorded Virtual Tot Shabbat experience.

Special Needs

Friendship Circle – This organization provides friendship and support to parents of special needs children, as well as programs and activities for children.

Fertility and Loss

Hasidah – Hasidah is the voice of hope and compassion that raises awareness of infertility, connects people to support resources, and reduces financial barriers to treatment in the Jewish community.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services provides direct support for families who have experienced miscarriage or infant loss as well as an extensive list of community and online resources.

General

Contemporary Jewish Museum – This treasure of a museum in located in San Francisco and has wonderful programming, including art-making and gallery tours for young families on Sundays.

The Jewish Community Federation – The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews – of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives – to the power we have as a community to improve the world.  The Jewish Baby Network is funded by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation.

Jewish Community Library –Our circulating collection features more than 36,000 books, periodicals, CDs, and DVDS that span a huge range of Jewish topics and perspectives. With a helpful and knowledgeable staff, our library serves as a neutral ground for discovery, where both Jews and non-Jews can explore the Jewish tradition from many angles with no barriers to entry.

Reboot –Reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own. Inspired by Jewish ritual and embracing the arts, humor, food, philosophy, and social justice, we produce creative projects that spark the interest of young Jews and the larger community.

Honeymoon Israel –Honeymoon Israel provides immersive trips to Israel for locally based cohorts of couples that have at least one Jewish partner, early in their committed relationship, creating communities of couples who are building families with deep and meaningful connections to Jewish life and the Jewish people​.

Cordbloodbanking.com We want to provide you and your family with relevant information on cord blood, banking options and emerging research, so you can make the best decision possible for your family. Our organization promotes awareness for current and future stem cell treatments, and we are committed to being the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available for mothers and families considering cord blood.

birthmark.org The following information about vascular birthmarks was put together as part of a Bat Mitzvah project by a young woman in our community.  It’s her hope to educate parents to-be so that babies born with these birthmarks can benefit from early intervention. Letter to Parents To-Be