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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.

    • Havaya Arts Presents: HOW TO STOP LOSING IT WITH YOUR KIDS: A CONVERSATION WITH CARLA NAUMBURG, PhD

    • Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020
    • Description: Join us for a special program just for parents! Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 4 pm. Carla Naumburg, Ph.D., is a w ...read moreJoin us for a special program just for parents! Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 4 pm. Carla Naumburg, Ph.D., is a writer, mother, and clinical social worker. She is the author of three parenting books: the bestselling How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids (Workman, 2019), Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family (New Harbinger, 2015), and Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters (Parallax, 2014). Carla has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, CNN, and Mindful Magazine, among other places. Carla lives outside of Boston with her husband, daughters, and two totally insane cats. read less
    • Exploring the Gift of Failure: A Wellness Gathering for Parents and Educators

    • Address: 11461 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90049
    • Age Group: Parents of Teens
    • Date: Sunday, May 3, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Sunday, May 3, 2020; 9:00 AM–12:30 PM The Jewish Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) Focus ...read moreSunday, May 3, 2020; 9:00 AM–12:30 PM The Jewish Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) Focus on Teen Wellness provides parents, educators, and teens themselves with the tools they need to tackle today’s challenges — and difficulties they may encounter down the road. On Sunday, May 3rd, join us for Exploring the Gift of Failure: A Wellness Gathering for Parents and Educators, an opportunity for participants to find new inspiration and resources to support greater well-being in themselves and their teens. Our Featured Speaker Jessica Lahey is a teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jessica will guide us on how to step back and allow our teens to experience the disappointments that arise from life’s inevitable challenges so they can grow to be successful, brave, self-reliant adults. Cost: $25 per person; includes kosher breakfast and valet parking. Please pass this information along to others you know who may be interested. For more information, please contact [email protected]. We hope to see you there! Where: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90049 read less
    • Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Teens Group

    • Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: March 15, April 12, May 17, and June 7, 2020 Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Teens offers a safe space for students grades 8 – ...read moreMarch 15, April 12, May 17, and June 7, 2020 Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Teens offers a safe space for students grades 8 – 12 to explore topics relevant to their lives — courage, friendship, stress, body image, spirituality and more – all while having fun and drawing wisdom and strength from Jewish values. Teens will leave each session empowered, inspired by Judaism, and connected to a special group of teens just like them. 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. Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens will bring together the same group of teens each month to learn, grow, and bond together throughout the school year. For questions about JQ International's Teen JQSA, please contact Anna Goodman at [email protected]. read less
    • Email Series for Parenting Series for December

    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: This five-session email series has been created by the rabbis from our IFF/Your Communities across the country to he ...read moreThis five-session email series has been created by the rabbis from our IFF/Your Communities across the country to help as you and your family head into the December holiday season. Beginning December 2 we will send you 5 emails full of resources, stories, humor and questions to ask yourself, your partner and/or your family about your December holiday needs, practices and choices. This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and open forum for you to learn, experience, question and share as you navigate this sometimes stressful yet joyous time of year. By signing up for this series you will also get our other holiday emails. You can unsubscribe any time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. read less
    • Interfaith Family: Raising a Child with Judaism Email Series

    • Address: 830 Traction Ave. #3A Los Angeles, CA
    • Description: This popular, free email series is for parents who want to explore bringing Jewish traditions into their family life ...read moreThis popular, free email series is for parents who want to explore bringing Jewish traditions into their family life. You will receive eight emails over four weeks (emails are sent on Mondays and Thursdays) about how to bring spirituality and traditions to your parenting in realistic and meaningful ways. The emails will share content ideas; video links; questions to discuss with your partner; ideas for family projects; personal stories written by other interfaith families who have brought these same aspects of Judaism into their lives; and book suggestions around sleeping, eating, playing, praying and more. The email series will be sent four times a year, beginning the first Monday of January, April, July and October. You may register for a given series up until the day before it begins. Registration is always open…so register now and you’ll start getting the emails in your inbox as soon as the next series begins. Participation in the series allows you access to our private Facebook group for parents. It's a place where parents (and prospective parents) in interfaith families can ask questions, share resources, support one another, etc. 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
    • Positive Parenting Practices for Teen Anxiety and Depression - LA Jewish Teen Initiative Spring Parent Wellness Workshop

    • Address: 15739 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA, 91346
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 7:00 PM - Valley Beth Shalom Monday, March 30, 2020, at 7:00 PM - Temple Beth Am I ...read moreWednesday, March 25, 2020, at 7:00 PM - Valley Beth Shalom Monday, March 30, 2020, at 7:00 PM - Temple Beth Am It’s hard to know how to help when we sense our teens are anxious or depressed. In this FREE, insightful, and practical workshop, led by Jocelyn Meza, Ph.D.* and Tamar Kodish, M.A.** from The Youth Stress and Mood Program at UCLA, parents will learn positive, strengths-based approaches to better communicate with and support their teens. They will learn to distinguish between typical teen behaviors and clinical symptoms of anxiety and depression. Highlights will include a focus on strategies to strengthen parents’ relationships with their teens and mindfulness skills to increase well-being. In addition, we’ll explore how Jewish values can support positive parenting. Participants will come away with many resources and tools. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited and reservations are required — RSVP today! For more information, please contact [email protected]. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino 91436 Monday, March 30, 2020 Temple Beth Am 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 90035 Each workshop runs from 7:00-9:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Please share this invitation with other parents of teenagers you know who might be interested. 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