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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.

    • Beth Shir Shalom Presents: Feature Documentary - No Small Matter

    • Location: Santa Monica
    • Address: 1872 California Ave. Santa Monica, CA
    • Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    • Contact Email: office@bethshirshalom.org
    • Description: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 7 pm. No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overloo ...read moreWednesday, November 13, 2019, at 7 pm. No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country. FREE to the public. Please RSVP to Beth Shir Shalom at office@bethshirshalom.org read less
    • The Open Temple: A Place for Parents: Dad’s Group

    • Location: Venice
    • Address: 1422 Electric Avenue Venice, California
    • Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    • 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 Day School Presents: Social & Emotional Learning: Skills for a Lifetime of Success

    • Location: Encino
    • Address: 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA, 91436
    • Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    • Contact Email: questions@vbsds.org
    • Contact Phone: (818) 788-2199
    • Description: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 7:00 PM Join us as we welcome Dr. Marc Brackett, founder of the Yale Center for Em ...read moreWednesday, November 13, 2019, at 7:00 PM Join us as we welcome Dr. Marc Brackett, founder of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence on Wednesday evening, November 13 at 7 pm at VBS. Hear Dr. Brackett shares the skills and strategies needed to become an emotion scientist. VBSDS is in year three of our partnership with the Yale Center’s RULER social-emotional program. Free and open to the community. Dessert reception to follow. For parents with children of all ages. read less
    • Email Series for Parenting Series

    • Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    • Contact Email: robynf@interfaithfamily.com
    • 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. This email series is for parents in interfaith families with young children 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. The 8 emails will explore the Jewish and universal values of righteous living, love, acceptance, gratitude and learning. Each email contains a Jewish story or value connected to the real challenges and joys of parenting and provides a toolkit of practical advice and resources. The email series will be sent four times a year, beginning the first or second Monday of January, May, August and November. 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. We also invite you to join 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. The mailings for this session will begin in November of 2019. read less
    • Kadima Parent Education Series

    • Location: West Hills
    • Address: 7011 Shoup Avenue West Hills, CA, 91307
    • Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • Contact Phone: (818) 346-0849
    • Description: 2019-2020 Lectures November 21, 2019 8:00 pm, Kadima Library Sibling Dynamics - Navigating family relationships ...read more2019-2020 Lectures November 21, 2019 8:00 pm, Kadima Library Sibling Dynamics - Navigating family relationships with Dr. Sharon Arbel, Ph.D. December 2019 Digital Citizenship - Teaching our kids to use technology safely and responsibly with Saran Richard, M.A. 7011 SHOUP AVENUE, WEST HILLS, CA 91307 January 2020 “Screenagers” - Growing up in the Digital Age, a 67-minute, award-winning film, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Sharon Arbel, Ph.D. and Saran Richard, M.A. February 2020 Anxiety in children: common red flags and therapeutic resources with Dr. Sharon Arbel, Ph.D. March 2020 Understanding Food Allergies in Children with Dr. Karen Tenenblatt Blau, M.D. and Samara Long, R.D. April 2020 Body Image and Eating Behaviors - Raising awareness of eating disorder risk factors and tips to protect our pre-teens with Vanessa May, RDN May 2020 Physical Fitness Month - Exercise ideas and fitness tips for busy moms and families on the go! with Coach Al Fields Parenting takes a village! The Kadima parent education series invites the community to join our village and get answers to some of their toddler to teenager questions. Our expert panel will be covering a wide range of topics from managing sibling dynamics to instituting an entirely different approach to behavior management. The workshops are FREE, but kindly register in advance so we can plan accordingly. CLICK on the date to register. Friends and family members are welcome to join you! read less
    • Leo Baeck ECC Presents: "Setting Limits and Sticking to Them", with Melanie Soloway, the Founder and Director of Raising Enlightened Children

    • Location: West LA
    • Address: 1300 North Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90049
    • Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
    • Contact Email: education@leobaecktemple.org
    • Contact Phone: (310) 476-2861
    • Description: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 from 10:45 am-12:15 pm, at Leo Baeck Temple ECC, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90 ...read moreFriday, November 22nd, 2019 from 10:45 am-12:15 pm, at Leo Baeck Temple ECC, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90049. Join Melanie Soloway to learn how to implement tools that make sticking to limits easy! You will learn why limits are critical for your child's emotional well being, how your child's age determines which method to use, how doing so teaches trust, and much more! Melanie Soloway is the Founder and Director of Raising Enlightened Children. She believes that learning positive parenting tools, and how to apply them, creates loving relationships for life. This workshop takes place in the Leo Baeck Temple ECC and parents with children of all ages are welcome! read less
    • Kadima Day School Presents: SCREENAGERS-Growing Up in the Digital Age

    • Location: West Hills
    • Address: 7011 Shoup Avenue West Hills, CA, 91307
    • Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    • Contact Email: ischwartz@kadimadayschool.org
    • Contact Phone: (818) 346-0849
    • Description: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, at 7:30 pm on the Kadima campus. We are hosting a screening of the film SCREENAGERS-Gr ...read moreTuesday, January 28th, 2020, at 7:30 pm on the Kadima campus. We are hosting a screening of the film SCREENAGERS-Growing up in the Digital age, a 67 minute, award-winning documentary about struggles over video games, social media, internet addiction, and academics. https://www.screenagersmovie.com/ This will be followed by a panel discussion with Sharon Arbel, Ph.D. & held on This event will have a ticket charge of $18 per person. 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: amendelsohn@jewishla.org
    • 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 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
    • The Open Temple Support Group: Parents with 8-12 year olds

    • Location: Venice
    • Address: 1422 Electric Ave Venice, California
    • Contact Email: barbara@opentemple.org
    • Description: What happened to my kid? Barbara Olinger is here for you. As children navigate these transitional ages, parents of ...read moreWhat happened to my kid? Barbara Olinger is here for you. As children navigate these transitional ages, parents often feel approaches that have worked in the past no longer seem effective. In this group, we explore how to honor the growing need for autonomy with an existing need for intimacy/dependence. Register at: barbara@opentemple.org Open Temple 1422 Electric Ave Venice, CA 90291 read less
    • Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Teens Group 2019-2020

    • Contact Email: agoodman@jqinternational.org
    • Description: Moving Traditions and the Teen JQSA are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens, a new program held ...read moreMoving Traditions and the Teen JQSA are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens, a new program held monthly at the JQlub 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. Each month the group will focus on topics such as courage, friendship, stress, body image, and spirituality. The teens explore Jewish values and the issues they care about through games and discussion. Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens will bring together the same group of 8 - 12 teens each month to learn, grow, and bond together throughout the school year. For questions about Moving Traditions, please email Julia Papiyan at jpapiyan@movingtraditions.org. For questions about JQ International's Teen JQSA, please contact Anna Goodman at jpapiyan@movingtraditions.org. read less