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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.

    • The Open Temple Welcoming Your Second Child

    • Location: City
    • Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    • Description: Wednesdays 9:30am-10:30am Join us for this ongoing support group focusing on welcoming a second child into your fam ...read moreWednesdays 9:30am-10:30am Join us for this ongoing support group focusing on welcoming a second child into your family. We will explore how to prepare your child and the various feelings and behaviors that can arise as well as practical management issues.For parents who have given birth to their second child within the last 18 months. $25/session or a series of 5 for $100. RSVP to barbara@opentemple.org Website: http://opentemple.org/creative-torah-academy/secondchild/ read less
    • New Moms Connect - Post Partum Support Group of Jewish Family Service

    • Location: City;Mid-City;Pico Robertson
    • Address: 8838 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90035
    • Age Group: Parent of Newborn-12months
    • Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Contact Email: newmomsconnect@jfsla.org
    • 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 newmomsconnect@jfsla.org 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
    • Congregation Or Ami Mensch-ify!

    • Location: Conejo Valley;West Valley
    • Address: 26115 Mureau Road Calabasas, CA
    • Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
    • Contact Email: jennym@orami.org
    • Contact Phone: (818) 880-4880
    • Description: Two Sundays a month, 9:00 AM -11:30 AM, beginning September 30th Details: Mensch-ify teaches children how to be men ...read moreTwo Sundays a month, 9:00 AM -11:30 AM, beginning September 30th Details: Mensch-ify teaches children how to be mensches and guides parents on how to raise them. Classes include hands-on activities, stories & songs, and visits from community leaders. For families with children pre-K to 6th grade. More Info: Contact Jenny at 818-880-4880 or jennym@orami.org. Where: Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas read less
    • Valley Beth Shalom Presents: A Community Response to Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention

    • Location: Valleys
    • Address: 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA
    • Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
    • Contact Phone: (818) 788-6000
    • Description: Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 1-3pm Rabbi Noah Farkas will host a panel of prestigious doctors, psychiatrists and ...read moreSunday, September 30, 2018 from 1-3pm Rabbi Noah Farkas will host a panel of prestigious doctors, psychiatrists and authors raising awareness of mental health issues. Volunteers from organizations including Didi Hirsch, Teen Line, Children's Hospital, NAMI, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center and The VBS Counseling Center will provide follow up opportunities for families and individuals seeking information about mental health. A subsequent series of breakout events curated for different demographics within the community will take place throughout the fall. Teen and adults welcome! Free and open to the community. read less
    • The Open Temple: A Place for Parents: Dad’s Group

    • Location: City
    • Address: 1422 Electric Avenue Venice, California
    • Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    • Contact Email: barbara@opentemple.org
    • Description: 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm. Second Wednesday of the Month. A monthly parenting group for dads. This evening group is for d ...read more7:45 pm – 9:15 pm. Second Wednesday of the Month. A monthly parenting group for dads. This evening group is for dads of children ages 2-10 years old. Fathers can talk about being a dad, discuss development and discipline questions, learn from other dads and bring up any other issues as well. You do not have to sign up for more than one class. Please check the Open Temple Calendar for dates. $25 RSVP to barbara@opentemple.orgese groups are held the second Wednesday of every month (except August). read less
    • Valley Beth Shalom Community Program: So Healthy Together - Teen and Parent Series

    • Location: Valleys
    • Address: 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA
    • Age Group: Teens
    • Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
    • Contact Email: ckruger@vbs.org
    • Contact Phone: (818) 530-4026
    • Description: Thursday, October 18, from 5-7pm. Understanding LBGTQ for teens. Thursday, November 1, from 6-8pm Teen Line Parent ...read moreThursday, October 18, from 5-7pm. Understanding LBGTQ for teens. Thursday, November 1, from 6-8pm Teen Line Parent Workshop For Parents of teens. Thursday, November 15, from 5-7pm Suicide Prevention for Teens In conjunction with the launch of "So Healthy Together: A Community Response to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention" on September 30, the VBS Youth Department will be hosting a break out series specifically for teens and their parents, programmed and led by Teen Line of Southern California. Focus will be dedicated on subjects affecting teens and families currently, both nationally and local. All three events are FREE and will be inside the Zicklin Lieberman Youth Center at VBS. So Healthy Together is open to all, member or non-member, Jewish or non-Jewish. To learn more about these break out series, please visit Teen Line To sign up to be a peer Teen Line volunteer, please visit Teen to Teen App To learn more about So Healthy Together, please visit So Healthy Together If you have any additional questions about this program and series, please contact: Camryn Kruger - ckruger@vbs.org 818-530-4026 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
    • Address: 6505 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA
    • Contact Email: lajti@jewishla.org
    • 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 LAJTI@JewishLA.org for more information. https://www.jteensla.org/ 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: info@youthandgendermediaproject.org
    • 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