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A range of classes and lectures are available to help parents in their important task of raising children in today's complex world.

    • Parent Support @ Open Temple

    • Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
    • Description: Parent Support @ Open Temple Parenting Groups and Workshops with Parenting Guru Barbara Olinger A Place for Parent ...read moreParent Support @ Open Temple Parenting Groups and Workshops with Parenting Guru Barbara Olinger A Place for Parents at Open Temple House–NOW VIA ZOOM Support Group – Parents with kiddos 5 and younger: Monday Nights: 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm $25/class Support Group – Parents with 8-12 Year Olds: Tuesdays from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm $30/class Dad’s Group: Monthly Second Wednesday at 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm $30/class Support Group – Parents with 4-10 Year Olds: Thursday Nights from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm $25/class Groups & Individual Meetings with parenting guru Barbara Olinger are available for parents of children ages 2-13 years old. Contact Open Temple for more information. read less
    • Virtual Workshop for Families: How to Connect When We Are Never Apart

    • Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and their teens and tweens are spending more time than ever before tog ...read moreIn the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and their teens and tweens are spending more time than ever before together under one roof. This family session gives them the opportunity to come together — even if on their own screens — to talk to one another in real-time about the gifts and challenges of this new normal. On Monday, December 7th, at 7:00 PM, parents and their teens (8th grade and older) are invited to reflect on their own needs and communication styles and explore strategies for truly connecting with each other at a time when they are in the same home but not necessarily finding genuine ways to connect. Space is limited. RSVP now by emailing the names of your family members and ages of teens to [email protected]! read less
    • Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Teens Group

    • Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Join the Tzelem community Wednesday, December 9th at 5:30pm PT by registering here, https://www.movingtraditions.org ...read moreJoin the Tzelem community Wednesday, December 9th at 5:30pm PT by registering here, https://www.movingtraditions.org/jqsa/ Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens in LA Moving Traditions and JQ International’s Teen JQSA are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens. Moving Traditions is a national organization that emboldens teens to flourish by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. This group of 8th – 12th-grade teens will gather each month to learn, grow, and bond together throughout the school year. Tzelem program offers a safe, supportive space to make new friends and explore issues like: Life transitions, Healthy Relationships, Challenging sexism, Body Positivity, Self-Compassion, Mental Health, Jewish Identity, And much more! For those who are familiar with Rosh Hodesh and Shevet, the Tzelem group will incorporate the best of those programs, infusing special content created specifically for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens. Meetings will take place on ONLINE via Zoom until further notice, then they will meet at JQ’s headquarters in West Hollywood. (801 Larrabee St. West Hollywood, CA 90069) Official dates and/or times will be announced soon, and are subjected to change. Group Leader: Marlee Goldshine Marlee Goldshine (She/Her/Hers) is a Jewish professional and graduate student at the HUC-JIR Zelikow School for Jewish Nonprofit Management. Her background is in programming, relationship building, and direct community service. Marlee enjoys walking her dog, starting a new craft project, and hosting Shabbat dinner. As a member of Jewish and queer communities, she’s excited to be part of the JQ International team. Register today! For additional information about this program, please contact: Marlee Goldshine, [email protected], 323.417.2627 x701 *All meetings take place online until it is safe to meet in person according to Los Angeles Health Department.* $100 Fee covers activities throughout the year. Scholarships are available — no one will be turned away. read less
    • LAJTI: Guided Meditation & Reflections

    • Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • Description: Dec 10, 2020 08:00 AM Jan 7, 2021 08:00 AM Feb 4, 2021 08:00 AM Mar 11, 2021 08:00 AM Apr 8, 2021 08:00 AM May ...read moreDec 10, 2020 08:00 AM Jan 7, 2021 08:00 AM Feb 4, 2021 08:00 AM Mar 11, 2021 08:00 AM Apr 8, 2021 08:00 AM May 13, 2021 08:00 AM Rise and shine with the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative in a guided meditation. learning and sharing. Jewish educator and meditation teacher Robin Wald will lead parents of teens in a teaching grounded in Jewish wisdom, followed by a soulful meditation and an opportunity for personal reflection and group sharing. read less
    • New Moms Connect - Post Partum Support Group of Jewish Family Service

    • Address: 8838 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90035
    • Age Group: Parent of Newborn-12months
    • Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (310) 247-0864 ext 218
    • Description: Thursdays 11:00 AM (ongoing) Are you or is someone you love a new mom who just cries and cries...you are not alone. ...read moreThursdays 11:00 AM (ongoing) Are you or is someone you love a new mom who just cries and cries...you are not alone. The New Moms Connect program is designed to help new mothers and their families who are experiencing stressors and symptoms associated with Postpartum Depression by providing education, prevention, intervention and support services. New Moms Connect helps new mothers experiencing Postpartum Depression to overcome feelings of isolation, depression and stress while increasing access to community resources and strengthening their support network. Support and resources are available to family members assisting them in their role of caring for a new mom who is struggling. This weekly group is a supportive space to meet other moms, learn baby care skills and talk about child development. The group shares personal experiences in a warm and caring environment. RSVP is required to attend - this is not a drop in group. To RSVP, or for more information about NEW MOMS CONNECT please contact Melanie Weiner, LMFT at 310-247-0864 ext 218 or [email protected] This program has been made available in part by a grant from the Tikun Olam Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. At the JFS { Pico Robertson Family Resource Center 8838 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90035 http://www.jfsla.org/page.aspx?pid=248 read less
    • PJ Library Community Connector Programs Culver City Families with Children 0-2

    • Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Friday, December 11th, 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Shab-ukah Party! It’s Shabbat and Hanukkah, let’s celebrate togethe ...read moreFriday, December 11th, 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Shab-ukah Party! It’s Shabbat and Hanukkah, let’s celebrate together with a party! We’ll read a story, sing songs, and light Hanukkah AND Shabbat candles together. If you don’t have candles, no worries – I'll share a virtual menorah to light. RSVP to Gavrielle at [email protected] for Zoom Link. Sunday, December 20th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am Monthly Coffee Chat for Parents with Babies (under 1 years old) Do you have a child under 1 year old and want to meet other parents in the Culver City area (including Palms, Playa Vista, and Marina Del Rey)? Join us for virtual coffee to connect and get to know one another! All parents who participate will receive a Starbucks Gift Card, to grab their favorite coffee or tea for the event. RSVP to Gavrielle at [email protected] for Zoom Link. read less
    • PJ Library Community Connector Programs Eastside LA Families with Children 0-2

    • Age Group: 0-2 years old
    • Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Sunday, December 13th, 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Eastside Virtual Hanukkah Party! Get ready to spin your dreidels, bust o ...read moreSunday, December 13th, 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Eastside Virtual Hanukkah Party! Get ready to spin your dreidels, bust out your gelt, and have some holiday cheer with your fellow Eastsiders! We'll gather virtually to light our menorahs, sing some of our favorite Hanukkah tunes (song sheets provided), and munch on delish treats. Come ready with your Suffgoniyot (jelly donuts), gelt (chocolate coins), and latkes (potato pancakes). We'll also have a story time tailored to our community's babies and toddlers. RSVP to Hayley at [email protected] read less
    • PJ Library Community Connector Programs West Valley Families with Children Under 3

    • Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Wednesday, December 16th, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm HANUKKAH VIRTUAL CANDLE LIGHTING CELEBRATION On the 6th night of Han ...read moreWednesday, December 16th, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm HANUKKAH VIRTUAL CANDLE LIGHTING CELEBRATION On the 6th night of Hanukkah, we'll celebrate the Festival of Lights together with a virtual candle lighting experience and a special story time. Just as the shamash, or “helper,” candle is used to light the other candles; we'll explore how to find our own bright light within ourselves to bring positivity, kindness & acceptance to make this world a more peaceful place. We will discuss how using our inner-light can sometimes take courage (like the Maccabees had) to change our views and see the bright side and how this light can ignite the spark within ourselves to live a life of hakarat hatov (gratitude).RSVP to Candice at [email protected] for Zoom link. read less
    • 18 Doors - Parenting (During a Pandemic) Email Series

    • Description: Parenting young kids is full of pitfalls where we can get stuck on the difficulties of the day-to-day of meeting our ...read moreParenting young kids is full of pitfalls where we can get stuck on the difficulties of the day-to-day of meeting our children’s needs, not to mention our own. COVID-19 has turned everything on its head. Schools are closed and you and/or other family members might have suddenly found yourself being a full-time teacher, parent, employee, housekeeper, playmate and more. It was already hard to “balance” things, and now we’re struggling to find even a moment of equilibrium. This email series is designed for parents in interfaith families with children age 2-6 who are interested in exploring ways to infuse Jewish values into the routine of their daily life and to bring more peace, spirituality and love into their parenting. Our "Quarantine Edition" will address some of the specific challenges of this extraordinary time and ways Jewish wisdom can help you and your kids think about and move through your day. Each of the 8 emails contains a Jewish story or value connected to the real challenges and joys of parenting with practical advice and tools. read less
    • 18 Doors - Unlocking Jewish

    • Description: Are you looking for Jewish clergy for your upcoming wedding or baby naming? Seeking help on your journey to conversi ...read moreAre you looking for Jewish clergy for your upcoming wedding or baby naming? Seeking help on your journey to conversion? If you’re looking for support with a lifecycle event or to find inclusive Jewish events and meet other interfaith couples at your life stage, we’re here to support you. We have supportive rabbis on staff to help guide and connect you. We are thrilled to have a Rukin Rabbinic Fellow here in Los Angeles to support you. Rabbi Max Chaiken runs events for interfaith/intercultural couples to socialize and discuss relevant issues and workshops to reflect on your backgrounds, differences, and similarities and discuss your hopes, plans, and dreams for the future. He is also available for one-on-one consultations and to refer you to local Jewish clergy and organizations that welcome interfaith/intercultural couples and families. Contact him at [email protected]. read less
    • Cedars-Sinai Jewish Expectant Parent Workshop: Not Just Parenthood. Jewish Parenthood

    • Address: 8700 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, , 90048
    • Contact Phone: (310) 423-5168
    • Description: INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19: This class has transitioned to a virtual live conference platform until further not ...read moreINFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19: This class has transitioned to a virtual live conference platform until further notice as we continue to evaluate and manage the health and safety of our patients and visitors. This unique parenthood preparation class is designed to educate new parents from across the spectrum of Jewish life about the critical questions they'll face bringing a child into the world. This is an opportunity to learn from knowledgeable rabbis and educators—male and female—from Orthodox, Conservative and Reform denominations. Here are some of the topics the class covers: Naming traditions Baby ceremonies Making your pregnancy special Creating a safe space to explore how your family will change read less
    • Email Series for Parenting Series for May for Interfaith Families

    • Description: Parenting young kids is full of pitfalls where we can get stuck on the difficulties of the day-to-day of meeting our ...read moreParenting young kids is full of pitfalls where we can get stuck on the difficulties of the day-to-day of meeting our children’s needs, not to mention our own. COVID-19 has turned everything on its head. Schools are closed and you and/or other family members might have suddenly found yourself being a full-time teacher, parent, employee, housekeeper, playmate and more. It was already hard to “balance” things, and now we’re struggling to find even a moment of equilibrium. This email series is designed for parents in interfaith families with children age 2-6 who are interested in exploring ways to infuse Jewish values into the routine of their daily life and to bring more peace, spirituality and love into their parenting. Our "Quarantine Edition" will address some of the specific challenges of this extraordinary time and ways Jewish wisdom can help you and your kids think about and move through your day. Each of the 8 emails contains a Jewish story or value connected to the real challenges and joys of parenting with practical advice and tools. read less
    • Jewish Grandparent Network

    • Description: The Jewish Grandparents Network is the first and only national organization supporting grandparents as they embrace ...read moreThe Jewish Grandparents Network is the first and only national organization supporting grandparents as they embrace both traditional and radically new roles in their families. Through research, network-building, advocacy, and institutional partnerships, we foster new models of grandparent engagement for the benefit of our families, our communities, and our future. read less
    • LA Jewish Teen Initiative LAJTI

    • Location: City;South Bay;Valleys
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (323) 761-8155
    • Description: With countless opportunities to choose from, like social events, internships, unforgettable summer teen programs and ...read moreWith countless opportunities to choose from, like social events, internships, unforgettable summer teen programs and more, the LAJTI website is where it all comes together. You can search for the type of program you’re interested in. And you’re sure to discover new ones you never knew existed. Created for teens and parents alike, if it’s for Jewish teens in LA, you’ll find it on the LAJTI website. Check it out at JTeensLA.org, or contact [email protected] for more information. https://www.jteensla.org/ read less
    • Looking For a Parent & Me Class?

    • Location: Valleys
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (818) 464-3391
    • Description: BJE and The Jewish Federation, in partnership with the following schools, are offering a 70% discount on high qualit ...read moreBJE and The Jewish Federation, in partnership with the following schools, are offering a 70% discount on high quality Jewish Parent & Me classes for first time participants: Kol Tikvah (Woodland Hills) Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills) Shomrei Torah (West Hills) Temple Adat Elohim (Thousand Oaks) Temple Etz Chaim (Thousand Oaks) To receive you voucher, go to www.bjela.org/parentandme For more information, contact Rachel Kaplan at [email protected] or 818-464-3391. A Project of BJE's JKidLA read less
    • The First 36 Project, a program of the Simms/Mann Institute in partnership with BJE and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    • Location: City;Valleys
    • Address: 6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA
    • Description: The First 36 Project, a program of the Simms/Mann Institute in partnership with BJE and the Jewish Federation of Gre ...read moreThe First 36 Project, a program of the Simms/Mann Institute in partnership with BJE and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, combines tried and tested theories of early childhood development with cutting-edge research in early childhood learning and brain sciences to nurture meaningful relationships and foster resilience in future generations. The project is designed to rethink the nature of parent & me programs in Jewish institutions and refine their ability to deepen and enhance the social and emotional development of the youngest children and their parents. Each cohort of 12 early childhood educators (parent & me teachers, and transition teachers) participates in a year-long program that includes meetings with colleagues, educational seminars with cutting-edge neuroscience researchers, and professional coaching. As Fellows in this program, they have access to a wide variety of high quality resources offered by the Simms/Mann Institute including videos, articles and speakers. They learn from some of the top neuroscientists in the world addressing development of children, birth to three years. For further information please contact BJE Associate Director Phil Liff-Grieff, 323-761-8614. Participants in the first cohort of The First 36 Fellows are (from left to right): Top row- Shanti Greenspan and Sari Edber (Temple Beth Hillel ECC), Sarah Manor Klinger and Samantha Loveman (Sinai Akiba Academy ECC), Sari Abrams (Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am ECC) Lower row: Parastou Bassirat (VBS ECC), Dana Lerner (Mann Family ECC of WBT), Miri Avraham (Pressman ECC), Susy Shapiro (VBS), Erin Aghai and Lisa Whitman (Temple Judea ECC) read less
    • The Jewish Outreach and Education project

    • Location: City;Valleys
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (323) 610-4254
    • Description: The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles is supporting a pilot project that brings our films and customized study guide ...read moreThe Jewish Federation of Los Angeles is supporting a pilot project that brings our films and customized study guide into Jewish day schools, religious schools, summer camps and other organizations that provide programming for Jewish youth. We orient teachers, administrators and other educators on the latest issues facing transgender and gender expansive youth, and train them on how to use our resources in the classroom to create inclusive communities, all seen through the lens of Jewish values and teachings. read less