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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.

    • 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, July 9, 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 East Valley Families with Children 0-2

    • Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Do you live in the West Valley, East Valley, Culver City, or the Eastside/Echo Park and have a child age birth - 2 y ...read moreDo you live in the West Valley, East Valley, Culver City, or the Eastside/Echo Park and have a child age birth - 2 years old? Are you interested in finding families just like yours in your neighborhood? If you answered "yes" to both of these, then you need to meet our PJ Library of Los Angeles Community Connectors: Candice, JoLynn, Gavrielle, and Hayley. Our Community Connectors are here to welcome you, to listen and share with you, and connect you to other families and opportunities in your Jewish community virtually for now and in-person when we can again. All Community Connector programs listed below are for children birth - 2 years old. West Valley Families with Children 0-2 Friday, July 10 EXPECTANT PARENTS AND PARENTS WITH BABIES VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT 1:00pm - 1:30pm Do you have a child under 1 year old and would like to meet other parents with infants in the West Valley?Join us for a monthly virtual coffee date to meet with other PJ Library West Valley Parents with Infants. There's no agenda, just creating a virtual space for connection. RSVP to Candice for Zoom link to attend. Saturday, July 18 PJ PARENT SOCIAL HOUR/GAME NIGHT 9:00pm - 10:30pm Join other West Valley Parents for Virtual Game Night! All you'll need is access to Zoom on a computer and your mobile phone. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to Candice for Zoom link to attend. Friday, July 31 WELCOME SHABBAT 5:00pm - 5:30pm We'll join together to welcome in Shabbat, say a few prayers, light the candles, drink grape juice, and eat Challah together. RSVP to Candice for Zoom link to attend. Culver City Families with Children 0-2 Tuesday, July 14 PARENTS-ONLY TINKERGARTEN SESSION 8:30pm - 9:15pm Local Tinkergarten Leader & PJ Library Parent, Adi Hepner, will show us how to help our children develop and grow through outdoor play-based learning activities that we can do at home! RSVP to Gavrielle for Zoom link to attend. Sunday, July 19 VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES (UNDER 1 YEAR OLD) 10:00am - 10:30am 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! RSVP to Gavrielle for Zoom link to attend. Friday, July 24 VIRTUAL TOT SHABBAT 10:30am - 11:00am Join us for virtual Tot Shabbat! We'll read PJ Library books, sing songs, and do the Shabbat blessings together as a community. RSVP to Gavrielle for Zoom link to attend. Eastside LA Families with Children 0-2 Friday, July 10 EASTSIDERS' VIRTUAL SHABBAT 5:00pm - 6:00pm Join us for a virtual Shabbat! We'll take a moment to reflect on the week and transition to Shabbat with a community check-in, followed by blessings. Share your family's favorite traditions and get inspired to create new ones! RSVP to Hayley for Zoom link to attend. Monday, July 27 KVETCH AND CHAT WITH DR. LAUREL FELT 8:00pm - 9:00pm Join PJ Library Eastsider and childhood development expert Dr. Laurel Felt, PhD., for an exclusive fireside chat and kvetch session about how parents can utilize play in a powerful way right now. Dr. Felt will field questions from the community and offer suggestions and inspiration for how to engage from a place of curiosity and playfulness not just as a parent, but as a human being. RSVP to Hayley for Zoom link to attend. East Valley Families with Children 0-2 Friday, July 17 PJ LIBRARY FRIDAY-NIGHT LIGHTS 5:00pm - 6:00pm Welcome in Shabbat with some songs, prayers, candle lighting, and eating challah (my daughter Leighton's favorite part). RSVP to JoLynn for Zoom link to attend. Saturday, July 11, 25 PJ LIBRARY ADULT-ONLY GAME NIGHT 8:30pm - 9:30pm We'll play JackBox Games and a NEW game we created for our community - all you'll need is access to Zoom and your mobile phone or tablet. Oh, and a competitive spirit! Spaces are limited so be sure to RSVP to JoLynn for Zoom link to attend. read less
    • PJ Library Community Connector Programs Eastside LA Families with Children 0-2

    • Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Friday, July 10 EASTSIDERS' VIRTUAL SHABBAT 5:00pm - 6:00pm Join us for a virtual Shabbat! We'll take ...read moreFriday, July 10 EASTSIDERS' VIRTUAL SHABBAT 5:00pm - 6:00pm Join us for a virtual Shabbat! We'll take a moment to reflect on the week and transition to Shabbat with a community check-in, followed by blessings. Share your family's favorite traditions and get inspired to create new ones! RSVP to Hayley for Zoom link to attend. Monday, July 27 KVETCH AND CHAT WITH DR. LAUREL FELT 8:00pm - 9:00pm Join PJ Library Eastsider and childhood development expert Dr. Laurel Felt, PhD., for an exclusive fireside chat and kvetch session about how parents can utilize play in a powerful way right now. Dr. Felt will field questions from the community and offer suggestions and inspiration for how to engage from a place of curiosity and playfulness not just as a parent, but as a human being. RSVP to Hayley for Zoom link to attend. read less
    • PJ Library Community Connector Programs West Valley Families with Children 0-2

    • Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Friday, July 10 EXPECTANT PARENTS AND PARENTS WITH BABIES VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT 1:00pm - 1:30pm Do you have a chil ...read moreFriday, July 10 EXPECTANT PARENTS AND PARENTS WITH BABIES VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT 1:00pm - 1:30pm Do you have a child under 1 year old and would like to meet other parents with infants in the West Valley? Join us for a monthly virtual coffee date to meet with other PJ Library West Valley Parents with Infants. There's no agenda, just creating a virtual space for connection. RSVP to Candice for the Zoom link to attend. Saturday, July 18 PJ PARENT SOCIAL HOUR/GAME NIGHT 9:00pm - 10:30pm Join other West Valley Parents for Virtual Game Night! All you'll need is access to Zoom on a computer and your mobile phone. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to Candice for Zoom link to attend. Friday, July 31 WELCOME SHABBAT 5:00pm - 5:30pm We'll join together to welcome in Shabbat, say a few prayers, light the candles, drink grape juice, and eat Challah together. RSVP to Candice for the Zoom link to attend. Parents and children join together for a virtual hangout where we'll sing songs, read a PJ Library story, and have a show and tell. RSVP to Candice for the Zoom link to attend. [email protected] read less
    • 18 Doors - Parenting Email Series

    • Date: Monday, July 13, 2020
    • 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
    • PJ Library Community Connector Programs Culver City Families with Children 0-2

    • Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Description: Tuesday, July 14 PARENTS-ONLY TINKERGARTEN SESSION 8:30pm - 9:15pm Local Tinkergarten Leader & PJ Library Par ...read moreTuesday, July 14 PARENTS-ONLY TINKERGARTEN SESSION 8:30pm - 9:15pm Local Tinkergarten Leader & PJ Library Parent, Adi Hepner, will show us how to help our children develop and grow through outdoor play-based learning activities that we can do at home! RSVP to Gavrielle for Zoom link to attend. Sunday, July 19 VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES (UNDER 1 YEAR OLD) 10:00am - 10:30am 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! RSVP to Gavrielle for Zoom link to attend. Friday, July 24 VIRTUAL TOT SHABBAT 10:30am - 11:00am Join us for virtual Tot Shabbat! We'll read PJ Library books, sing songs, and do the Shabbat blessings together as a community. RSVP to Gavrielle for Zoom link to attend. read less
    • Parenting through Covid: Addressing Problem Behavior in Children and Reducing Parent Burnout

    • Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
    • Contact Email: [email protected]
    • Contact Phone: (323) 761-8239
    • Description: Join PJ Library and The Jewish Federation on Thursday, July 23, 2020, 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. How is the pandemic a ...read moreJoin PJ Library and The Jewish Federation on Thursday, July 23, 2020, 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. How is the pandemic affecting your kids? Are they having trouble with the disruption of routine? Are they acting out? Are you completely exhausted at the end of the day after being the teacher, chef, activities director and parent? As the uncertainly of our times continues, families managing increased time at home need tools to cope with the toll of the pandemic. Focusing on children ages 3-10, this webinar will be led by Lucy Rimalower, L.M.F.T., whose private practice focuses on critical issues for children and families. Lucy will provide strategies for parents as they manage the stress that may manifest as disruptive behaviors in kids, and fatigue in parents due to: Loss of summer plans and activities • Social distancing Managing multiple roles • Anxiety about the future To rsvp, please register at: https://jewishla-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ghCDeoGIQnGLFM6B-QhDxQ We hope to see you on July 23rd! For more information, contact Carmen Tellez at [email protected] or (323) 761-8239. 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
    • 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